Blue Bike, the City of Columbia's bike share program that began last year, is set to expand through a partnership with The COMET bus system.
The COMET is investing $330,000 in the Blue Bike program, including money to add 10 new bike share stations throughout the city. The number of bicycles in the system — currently 135 — will remain the same for now. City officials have said an additional 90 bicycles and more stations could come in a future phase. The bike share program officially kicked off last fall with BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina as its title sponsor.
"Transportation is not only buses," Anderson says. "It's also walking, riding, ridesharing and private transit. The more mobility options we can provide the public, the more likely they are to avoid driving, making our air cleaner and our community healthier."