KANcycle Bike Sharing Announces Free Rides for Bike Month

KANcycle Bike Sharing Announces Free Rides for Bike Month

The month of May is National Bike Month, May 7th is National Ride a Bike Day, May 19th is National Bike to Work Day, and the Big Kansas Road Trip is May 4-7, 2023.

KANcycle, a regional bike sharing program sponsored by OCCK and Blue Cross Blue Shield, is announcing activities and events taking place over the next few weeks.

KANcycle is offering the promo code “bike2023” for 31 free rides on KANcycle during the month of May. This promo code is good for all locations in the KANcycle service area.

“No better way of celebrating National Ride a Bike Day, National Bike to Work Day, Bike Month, and the Big Kansas Road Trip, than by offering free rides,” said Michelle Griffin, Director of Mobility Management for the region. “KANcycle is a great program for North Central Kansas, and we want more people to take advantage of this service. Rides can be taken for any purpose, including shopping, errands, and even fun.”

The Big Kansas Road Trip, a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, is happening May 4-7 in Republic, Jewell, and Smith Counties in North Central Kansas. The event is designed to turn people on to exploring our local communities.

Bikes are easy to check out. Riders need to download the Movatic app, find a rack with an available bike, enter the promo code on the payment screen, and start riding. To end the ride, the process is reversed.

KANcycle regional bike sharing provides North Central Kansas, including Salina, Minneapolis, Concordia, Belleville, Mankato, Beloit, Lincoln, and Ellsworth, with convenient, affordable access to bicycles as an easy, fun, healthy and eco-friendly means of transportation and recreation. OCCK, through a collaborative funding partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, brings you KANcycle powered by Movatic.

Movatic manages all aspects of its bike-share programs — from bikes and technology, to maintenance and fleet rebalancing. Riding KANcycle bike share is easy. Bikes can be found via the free Movatic Mobile App — available for iPhone and Android. Each bike has a unique number which riders enter into the app to unlock the bike. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Movatic bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, the state’s largest health insurer, helps to support KANcycle, as they do Bike Share ICT in Wichita.

KANcycle will:

  • Complement and integrate with North Central Kansas’s comprehensive transportation system
  • Encourage the replacement of short car trips for recreational, social and functional purposes
  • Serve a broad spectrum of transportation users and needs
  • Contribute to North Central Kansas becoming healthier and more green
  • Advance the perception of cycling as a useful mode of transportation
  • Solidify bike sharing as a modality option in Kansas’s transportation landscape
  • Maintain high levels of service, reliability, and safety while placing KANcycles in the right place at the right time.

OCCK, Inc. provides services in north central Kansas to anyone with any type of long or short-term disability, starting as early as birth and following people through their whole lives. OCCK provides an array of supports for success at home and in the community, including independent living skills and supports, employment and career training, Alzheimer’s supports, autism services, assistive technology, children’s services, transportation, specialized therapies, and home health care.

OCCK is committed to providing transportation services to the general public, seniors, and persons with disabilities, through a variety of programs, including a fixed route service in Salina, CityGo, a regional paratransit service that serves fourteen counties, non emergency medical transportation for people with Medicaid, as well as non emergency medical transportation for clients of Salina Regional Health Center, a regional fixed route service, 81 Connection, KANcycle – the regional bike sharing program, City of Abilene public transportation and the newest program, KanConnect.

For more information about OCCK, Inc., visit www.occk.com. For more information about CityGo and OCCK Transportation, visit www.salinacitygo.com. Or, contact the OCCK Transportation Center at 785-826-1583.

For more information about KANcycle, visit www.kancycle.org.

For more information about Bike Month activities across the state of Kansas, visit www.ksrides.org.

For more information about the Big Kansas Road Trip, visit www.bigkansasroadtrip.com.

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