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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (Dec. 7, 2017) – Many public transit trips begin with a walk or bike ride, and this holiday season the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) wants to help riders overcome what's been dubbed the first-mile/last-mile problem – and also spread some Christmas cheer.CARTA has again partnered with Affordabike to refurbish 20 lost-and-found bicycles that will be given away to riders over the next couple of weeks in order to help them navigate walks of more than a quarter mile to their stop or final destination. A quarter-mile is roughly the maximum distance that most people find "comfortable" to walk to a stop.Riders who could use two new wheels – or individuals who know someone who fits the bill – can submit requests/nominations through Dec. 15 by:
? Messaging the CARTA Facebook account
? Tagging @RideCARTA on Twitter
? Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
All CARTA buses, except free DASH shuttles, are equipped with bike racks as part of the system’s no-cost and easy-to-use Rack and Ride program.Recipients of the Christmas bike giveaway will be selected by CARTA staff and will be notified when their bikes are available for collection from the CARTA facility at 3446 Leeds Ave. in North Charleston.
ABOUT CARTAThe Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) is a public transportation system dedicated to providing affordable transit to the Charleston community through fixed routes, Tel-A-Ride/demand service and express routes. For the latest on CARTA, visit www.ridecarta.com, like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @RideCARTA.All customers are encouraged to download Transit, the CARTA-approved app, in Google Play or the App Store. Next arrivals can be obtained by calling or texting (843) 202-4410.