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B-Cycle Workers Have Tough "Balancing Act"

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by Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It's a program that's become incredibly popular in the Music City known as "B-Cycle," a temporary bike rental for locals and tourists that makes it easier to get around without having to purchase an expensive bike.

"It's definitely taken off," says Eric Mages who's the head mechanic for Nashville's B-Cycle.

Eric and his co-workers are on-call seven days a week from 5am to 10pm to make sure the whole thing runs smoothly. On Sunday, he was riding around the city in a bright red Dodge Ram pickup truck "rebalancing" each of the group's 21 kiosks around the city.

 "When people ride to wherever they want to go we kind of have to account for that they might not do that in the most balanced of ways," he says.

What Eric means by that is that sometimes one bike rack may run out of bikes meaning no one can check one out there or a location may be filled to capacity, meaning someone who wants to return their bike rental, can not.

"Sometimes people will end up at the bottom of a hill, a lot of bikes will end up there and they'll find some other way to get back up," Eric adds.

Through his iPad Eric is able to see how many bikes are at each kiosk and uses his truck to "re balance" the bike racks out so riders can't tell the difference.

"If we weren't rebalancing there would be some kiosks that would fill up and some that would empty out"

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