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What is Charlotte Joy Rides?

Charlotte Joy Rides is Charlotte’s nonprofit bike share system, with 343 bikes and 34 stations spread throughout Center City, designed to make it easier to get around town. It’s convenient, affordable, clean, and simple. It’s good for your health, your pocket, and our environment.

Charlotte Joy Rides launched in 2012 as Charlotte B-cycle, thanks to generous support from title sponsor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and founding sponsor Atrium Health. We started with 200 bikes and 20 stations, making it one of the largest bike share systems in the Southeast. Sponsorships from local developers, grants from the Federal Transportation Administration, and support from the City of Charlotte have helped our system grow to its current size.

Our new bikes, which feature original work by seven of Charlotte’s brightest artists, provide an electric assist up to 15 miles per hour, allowing people to easily traverse the city. The Joy Rides bikes are specially designed for both you and the city; they fit people short and tall, thanks to an easy-to-use adjustable seat post. Everybody has stuff – that’s why there’s a great basket to stow your things while riding. Fenders, skirt guards and chain guards keep your clothes clean. Automatic lights help keep you safe. Three speeds are perfect for Charlotte streets. You’ll love the cool Charlotte Joy Rides bikes!

Becoming a member and riding a Joy Rides bike promotes health and wellness and also provides a flexible alternative way to get around Center City. As a member, you can use a Charlotte Joy Rides bike to run an errand, grab lunch, travel from the bus stop to your office, or just get some fresh air. The first hour of every trip is no additional cost to annual and student members!

Bike sharing is a great amenity for our urban place; making it economical and convenient to use bikes for trips that are too far to walk but too short to drive. It keeps cars parked while extending and balancing our transit system. Check out a Charlotte Joy Rides bike today; we can’t wait to hear how much fun you’ll have!

Contact Us

201 S. Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

To become a sponsor please contact Dianna Ward at

System Hours: 5am - midnight
Customer Service Hours via telephone: 9am - 6pm

If you need to pick up a helmet or meet with a staff member
please call 704-332-9585 to arrange a meeting time.

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