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Salt Lake City – GREENbike, Salt Lake City’s non-profit bike share program, will close for the season December 15. In its inaugural season the 12 downtown stations and 65 GREENbikes’s saw 26,000 trips and more than 6,100 users. This shared bike network, designed to interface with existing public transportation, collectively burned 3 million calories and was responsible for reducing 52,000 automobile miles that would have otherwise been driven.
GREENbike is a 501c3 nonprofit with stations located around Salt Lake. The program’s organizers plan for it to expand next spring with seven new stations. Each new and existing bike share station will be expanded by 30 percent to accommodate demand. The initial launch included 55 bicycles and ten stations. Two more stations were added in July, as well as 20 additional bikes.
“We’re seeing unprecedented usage for a system our size,” said Ben Bolte, GREENbike director. “Every GREENbike has been used 400 times since April."
A bike share program is a network of public bike share stations where anyone can checkout a bike to get from point A to point B. Stations are located near major downtown employment centers, entertainment destinations and transit hubs. Once a bike is docked at a station, it is available for other to use instead of being chained or tucked away in an office. Shared bikes are either being ridden or are available for someone else. The system benefits visitors, commuters and residents in the downtown area acting as an enhancement to mass transit, such as TRAX and FrontRunner.