Charleston Restaurant Week takes place from Jan. 10 to 21 with numerous restaurants offering prix fixe menus designed to get butts in seats during a historically slow period for the hospitality industry. Holy Spokes is hoping to get more butts on their bike seats too, with a discount that’s probably the best deal of January’s Charleston Restaurant Week.
Megan McNamara of the Gotcha Group, which builds the bicycles locally and manages Holy Spokes, hopes more locals will sign up and embrace bike sharing as a transportation amenity. “We are trying to help Charleston in general adjust to having a bike share program,” she says. “It’s so much easier if you live in Mount Pleasant, you don’t have to bring your bike to work, but you can still bike to lunch.”
A $15 credit is a great deal and can be applied toward a monthly ($15) or annual membership ($69). It costs $8 per hour to pay as you go, but the memberships include 30 minutes and 60 minutes free per day, so basically if you apply the code to a monthly membership, you’ll get several hours of ride time for free. (Pro tip: you don't actually have to use the $15 during or for restaurant week).
Here’s how the bike share works: register online or via mobile app (SoBi), get your account number and PIN code, find a Holy Spokes hub, enter your info, unlock your bike, and go. You can pick up at one hub and drop off at another.
Those that live on the peninsula can ride to one of the restaurant week restaurants, (extra temporary hubs will be dispersed throughout town during CRW), on a bike that’s equipped with lights that come on automatically at dark and then take a Lyft safely home at the end of the night.