BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham launched its Zyp bikeshare program with dozens of people trying out the new bikes at the kick-off at Railroad Park on Wednesday morning.
Even Mayor Bell hopped on for a quick ride around the block.
There's a fleet of 300 green bikes and 30 docking stations in the downtown and southside areas. By the spring of 2016, a total of 400 bikes will be at 40 stations around the city.
Birmingham is the first city in the state to get a bike share program and the first 45 minutes on the bike are free.
To use one of the bikes, tell the kiosk that you want to rent a bike, then swipe your credit card. That will give you a membership card.
Fill out the appropriate information and that will give you a membership card. Tap the card on the bike, remove the bike from the docking station and you're ready to ride.
One thing that is important is that when you're returning the bike you want to dock it with enough force that it gives you confirmation in the display.
Even though the bikes in Birmingham's bike share system have GPS technology, so they can always find the bikes, people can still use the bike on your dime if you don't dock it properly.
You should also take a minute to understand the rate structure.
If you don't dock the bike after 45 minutes, the system charges you to encourage you to dock the bike if you're not using at that moment.
REV Birmingham's David Fleming says this program is important for the city.
"We have to remember a lot of people wanting an alternative to their car, especially younger millennials. The stats from across the country and even in Birmingham are the same that younger people would love an alternative to their car," Fleming said.
A two-year membership costs $200. A 24-hour rental costs $6 and a 7-day rental is $20. There's also a companion app available for riders to find available bikes and keep track of ride times.
Learn more about the Zyp bikeshare program at www.zypbikeshare.com.