Bike share has been affectionately referred to as bicycling’s “gateway drug” for those who don’t normally ride a bike to get around. “We’ve heard many stories of people who hadn’t biked in twenty years and saw our system and gave it a shot,” said Eric Gilliland, General Manager from Capital Bikeshare in an interview with Bikeshare.com. And the same can be said for Kim Jensen who uses Kansas City B-cycle and was the recent winner of the Kansas City B A Winner contest. From Kansas City B-cycle Buzz:

Kim Jensen had not ridden a bike for 35 years before trying B-cycle this May. Now, the B A Winner Contest winner is riding B-cycle multiple times a day. Jensen clocked in an impressive 95 rides in September.

Jensen, who lives in Liberty and works at the Sheraton Hotel at Crown Center, started to ride to get some exercise in after work.

“My first ride was a little wobbly but I peddled on,” Jensen says. “I rode around Crown Center and Washington Park as my legs got in shape.”

 Jensen, who is 61, purchased an annual membership and took advantage of the senior discount. One of the things he likes about B-cycle is not having to worry about maintenance.

 “I also don’t live in a place very conducive to riding a bike,”Jensen says. “It’s nice not having to worry about lugging my own bike around.”

 Since beginning to use B-cycle, he has noticed an improvement in his health and riding ability.

“I’m tackling a few more hills, that’s for sure,” Jensen says.