Jackie Harris is the manager at Loop Cruisers. It is a bike rental shop that provides people an alternative mode of transportation.

Jackie Harris is the manager at Loop Cruisers. It is a bike rental shop that provides people an alternative mode of transportation.

Bike rentals open downtown

Jackie Harris is the manager at Loop Cruisers, which has been initiated by the Downtown Vernon Association.

A new bike rental shop has opened its doors in downtown Vernon, offering people a new way to cruise around the community.

Jackie Harris is the manager at Loop Cruisers, which has been initiated by the Downtown Vernon Association.

“Bike renting decreases car traffic and emissions, increases foot traffic and promotes fitness,” said Harris, who is a bike enthusiast.

Harris grew up in Vernon, but lived in Vancouver for five years and got to see the city from a different perspective on two wheels instead of four.

“Vernon is a very accessible and bikeable city,” said Harris.

“It’s an easier way to get around town, enjoy the nice weather and it’s stress-free parking.”

Bikes are rented out by the hour. The first hour is $10 and it’s another $5 added on for each hour after that.

The rentals come with a bike lock and a helmet.

“Whether you want to get groceries, cruise down to a local restaurant or head to a park, Loop Cruisers offers an affordable and dynamic alternative to transportation,” said Lara Konkin, executive director of Downtown Vernon Association.

There are 10 bikes available to rent from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Loop Cruisers will shut down Sept. 18 for the winter.

The bike is a sleek, black cruiser with sporting wire baskets in the front. It is a single-speed bicycle with an adjustable seat for a smooth and easy ride.

There are no limitations on how far you can ride, but there are no overnight rentals, and rides will not last longer than seven-and-a-half hours.

Two bikes will also be rented out Fridays form 5 to 8 p.m. at the Downtown Avenue Market on 30th Avenue.

The DVA will be handing out coupons for Loop Cruisers in downtown stores all summer.

Loop Cruisers is located behind the visitors information centre, next to Civic Arena, on 39th Avenue.

 

Vernon Morning Star

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