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Sarah Cutler

August 1, 2012

The kiosks are fully automated with touch screens that are solar powered. They will be located at specific points of interest on the sidewalk or parking area. The beauty of the program is that riders can pick up a bike at one station, ride to their destination and park the bike back into a different station. Users can get from point A to point B quickly with out having to worry about parking, and it saves on gas.

Bike share is vastly different from renting a bike. The maximum time allowed to have a bike checked out is 30 minutes. The bikes are specifically for transportation. There is no limit to how many 30 minute trips you make in a day, but if you are looking to go for a long ride or need a bike overnight, head to a local bike shop and rent one.

“We are trying to eliminate all the repetitive, real-short-distance car trips that are massively unnecessary. Why wouldn’t you ride five or six blocks instead of taking your car?” said Bolte. “Someone else is going to maintain the bike and it looks nice and you aren’t worried about it getting stolen.”

The program will start with at least 10 stations stocked with 10 bikes. After the downtown program takes off, SLC Bike Share plans to increase the number of stations and expand the program into other areas of Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Front.

The launch is planned for the first day of spring in March 2013, with promotions and community outreach taking place throughout 2012.

Big Bus Utah Begins Tours of Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City - Take a ride on BIG BUS UTAH for a new way to experience Salt Lake. Big Bus Utah is an open-air tour bus with the option to “hop-on” and “hop-off” at each tour stop. The bus visits 19 top destinations in Salt Lake, providing a convenient way to tour the city.

The tour is 90 minutes long and includes a witty commentary that provides detailed descriptions of the sights. For example, after notifying passengers that Capitol Theatre opened in 1913 the recorded commentator jokes that “the original code of the theatre was to provide tasteful entertainment that would not upset anyone, but that soon buckled to popular demand and now the theatre has been titillating and offending Salt Lake citizens for nearly a century.”

Pass options include the Hop On Pass that offers a one- or two-day pass, a family pass, and student and senior discounts, and the Big Bus + Connect Pass Combos, which offer up to three days and access to 13 of Salt Lake’s attractions and a free meal at the Lion House Pantry and Restaurant.

“We heartily welcome Big Bus Utah as one of our hottest new tourism offerings,” says Scott Beck, president and CEO of Visit Salt Lake. “It offers great savings and is a perfect companion to the Connect Pass. You can purchase tickets for both at our very own Visitor Information Center.”

UTAH VALLEY
Lehi - MATRIX42 integrated its workplace management solutions with SERVICENOW to offer integrated mobile device management, VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) and endpoint management capabilities through the ServiceNow service catalog.

American Fork - PEARSON VUE acquired CERTIPORT, furthering a commitment to offer a robust, end-to-end professional learning and assessment solutions across the globe. Certiport’s foundational-level exams and test preparation materials will help Pearson VUE build relationships with technology professionals early in their academic and professional careers.

Provo - CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD | COMMERCE opened a new branch office in Utah County. The new branch office of COMMERCE REAL ESTATE SOLUTIONS, an independently owned and operated member of the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance, is located in Riverwoods at 5152 N. Edgewood Drive, Ste. 210 in Provo.

Provo - QUALTRICS partnered with ACCEL PARTNERS and SEQUOIA CAPITAL. Accel and Sequoia will provide a range of services and $70 million to help Qualtrics expand its SaaS product offerings beyond market research and accelerate its global growth, beginning with the hiring of another 250 employees in the next year.

Pleasant Grove - PEOPLE WATER INC. launched its new website. The improved website provides interactive modules and a storefront to provide visitors an opportunity to take part in the Drop for Drop Initiative: “For every bottle purchased People Water will give an equal amount of clean water to a person in need.”

Lehi - SUMMIT PARTNERS invested in SOLUTIONREACH, allowing Solutionreach to maintain its leadership position in patient communication software while accelerating its rapid growth.

Provo - VIVINT unveiled a new iPad app that offers customers the ability to control home security, energy management and smart home features. The app allows customers to take advantage of the large iPad screen, useful when viewing single or multiple camera feeds throughout the home.

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