Friday, August 22, 2008

Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle

I think one of Knoxville's most under-utilized attractions is the greenway system, now with nearly 42 miles to explore.

The city is doing its best to promote them and may have finally hit the nail on the head: bicycle rentals at Volunteer Landing. River Sports won the bid and will be offering two-hour rentals for $10 a person and full-day rentals for $30. Greenway maps are available at the rental shop, which is just below the pedestrian bridge. Sixteen miles of greenway are accessible from the riverfront, including the paths that run to Ijams, Morningside Park and Bearden.

The hours are kind of funky though: M-Th, 3 p.m.-8 p.m.; F, 2 p.m.-8 p.m.; Sa 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Su 2 p.m.-6 p.m. I guess they have working Knoxvillians in mind with these hours, but if the business picks up enough steam, it seems like they could market to tourists.

5 comments:

Paul said...

It's great that they have it, and hopefully it will bring more people to the Greenway. It is pretty amazing. Riversports would be smart if they also offered some kind of minor repair service, like, oh, I don't know, a tire pump. I had a low tire one day on my bike (not one I'd rented from them) and they didn't even have a tool kit, let alone a way to pump up anyone's tire.

But if you haven't checked out the Greenways, go to it! They will be especially amzing in the fall when the leaves change.

ck said...

the city has really expanded the greenway system! i hadn't paid much attention until this rental announcement.

but $30 for a whole day?! sounds a little steep. even $25 would be better. we'll see if they adjust their prices if tourists stay away.

The Modern Gal said...

CK: I agree, but I wondered what would stop someone for renting for back-to-back two hour periods for a total of $20? Considering that a few of their workdays aren't much longer than four hours, that seems to be economically smarter.

Lo said...

I guess if you liked to bike for pleasure one long day a month then it would be economical to rent instead of buy, but that doesn't seem to be too popular. I'm thinking there could be some money in a bike sharing program for folks who lived downtown...

Mickey said...

$30 does seem steep. I seem to recall some beach towns where rentals were $20 or less for a full day.