Guide to Charleston Bike Shares

Woman commuting to work by bicycle in the city

Woman commuting to work by bicycle in the city

You've seen the light blue bikes all over downtown Charleston, and there's a good possibility they will be popping up in Summerville soon. But how exactly do they work, and what's the purpose?

We've put together a guide on everything you need to know about the Holy Spokes bikes: how they work, where to find them, and where to go on them 🚴‍♀️

🚴‍♀️ What is bike sharing?

Bike share programs are taking over major U.S. cities, with over 900 systems in place. We've seen them in Charlotte, New York, Washington D.C., and of course, our Holy City. It is an innovative system that visitors, students, or locals can use for point to point transportation, or to spend the day biking around. Riders use a mobile app to reserve and pay for the amount of time they spend using the bike. Pick up and drop off locations are scattered throughout a city for convenient returns.

🚴‍♀️ How to use Holy Spokes bike sharing?

Holy Spokes uses a mobile app that can also be accessed online, SoBi (Social Bicycles). Using this app, you will find a bike in your area and reserve it. You will set up a 4-digit PIN that will be used once you arrive at the bike to unlock it. Now, you're ready to ride - easy as that!

To return your bike, all you need to do is find a Holy Spokes rack (it doesn't have to be where you picked it up) and lock your bike at it. You can even put your bike on hold at any Holy Spokes rack for up to 30 minutes using the HOLD button on the app. There are over 25 Holy Spokes bike racks throughout downtown Charleston.

🚴‍♀️ What is the pricing?

There are several pricing options for Holy Spokes bikes:

Hourly - $8/ Hour

Day Pass - $20/ Rider

Monthly - $15/ 30 minutes of free riding per day

Annually - $60/ 1 hour of free riding per day

MUSC Student Plan - 1 hour of FREE riding per day, $6/hour after first hour

Must have a valid MUSC email address.

Local College Student Plans

Must have a valid .edu email address.

Semester Plan (6 months) - $25/ 30 minutes of free riding per day

Annual Plan - $40/ 1 hour of free riding per day

🚴‍♀️ Where can you go?

Holy Spokes provides a map of bike racks throughout the peninsula, but we wanted to share our favorite places to travel downtown by bike.

Hampton Park

There are bike racks at one of Charleston's largest parks, Hampton Park. Take a break and enjoy the weather at a bench on this 60-acre park. And one of the greatest perks is that the park has free wifi access.

College of Charleston

Head over to College of Charleston's campus on your Holy Spokes bike. Stroll around The Cistern, pop into the bookstore for some Cougar gear, or grab coffee at Caviar and Bananas.

Customs House

Bike racks can be found by the Customs House on East Bay Street, which is the perfect place to park to go to the City Market. Get lost in the booths of the market before going to your next destination.

South Adger's Wharf

You can head over to the racks on South Adger's Wharf to visit Rainbow Row and the Battery. Take a minute to admire the historic Charleston homes and waterfront views.

🚴‍♀️ Why bike share?

There are many, many reasons to bike share! We'll list a few:

  1. No more looking for parking around downtown Charleston - hop on a Holy Spokes and just bike to your next destination instead.
  2. Reduce your carbon footprint.
  3. Pedaling is free - the bike share cost is much cheaper than gas.
  4. Exercise in style. Holy Spokes tracks the number of calories you burn while using their bike.

Still have questions about Holy Spokes' bike sharing program? Check out the FAQ here.

📷 Photo: Getty Images

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