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Wheeling, West Virginia looks to leverage its local network of bike trails.
As bikeshare systems continue to rise in popularity in large- and mid-size U.S. cities, here’s a place where you might not necessarily think a shared bike model could take root: Wheeling, West Virginia.
On Tuesday, city officials gathered to announce that this spring, Wheeling will launch a small bikeshare system—the first in West Virginia—with 10 bikes through a partnership with The Health Plan. The bikes will be stationed near WesBanco Arena in heart of Wheeling, a historic city of around 27,000 residents located in the upper Ohio River valley, and is adjacent to to local bike trail networks that follow former railroad rights of way.
“We have a great trail system, and having bicycles available for rent enhances health and wellness opportunities in our community,” City Manager Robert Herron said, according to The Intelligencer.
Michael Grass is Executive Editor of Route Fifty and is based in Seattle.