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Salt Lake City — Salt Lake City’s non-profit bike share program, GREENbike, has surpassed initial user projections leading to the system’s first major expansion. Two new stations were installed Tuesday to meet growing customer demand, as well as the expansion of several existing locations, to handle an increased number of bikes. GREENbike, a partnership between Salt Lake City, the Downtown Alliance and other strategic partners, opened with 10 downtown stations in April. Since then, each GREENbike has been used 270 times.
A new solar-powered station will be located at the Radisson Hotel, located at 215 W South Temple, and a second station will be added at 300 S and 160 East. The Radisson station is expected to be popular with convention attendees. The installation is timed to meet the needs of the city’s largest trade show, Outdoor Retailer, which is scheduled to begin today.
“We’re proud to be the first hotel in Salt Lake to have a GREENbike station,” said James Courtney, General Manager of the Salt Lake City Radisson. “This guest amenity, plus our convenient connection to the Airport TRAX line, allows our customers to skip the environmental costs of vehicle emissions and enjoy fresher air as they get a little exercise.” Based on initial data, roughly one-third of all GREENbike uses are from out-of-state visitors. Salt Lake County residents comprise an additional 33 percent, with the remaining users spread throughout the Wasatch Front.
Five of the stations that see the highest usage among bike share members will be expanded. UTA’s Intermodal Hub station, which ties mass transit options TRAX and FrontRunner, as well as buses to GREENbike, will double in size. "Bike Share works in conjunction with light rail, bus, and Frontrunner service so riders have an option for the first or last mile of their trips,” said Stan Penfold, RDA Chair. “Demand for the Bike Share program has been great, and expansion of these transit-focused stations will further enhance connections downtown. Bike Share is a wise investment in Salt Lake City.” A survey showed that 86 percent of locals strongly agree that the GREENbike program is an enhancement to Salt Lake City's public transportation system. Due to the availability of a bike share system, 29 percent of respondents ride public transit more often, resulting in improved air quality and reduced traffic congestion. Additionally, the Key Bank station, near City Creek Center, will have several docks added.
Bikes are docked at stations that instantly make them available for other members 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.
Bike share systems are not rentals. Instead the program works through membership that range from $5 for 24-hour access to $75 for a year. Bike share allows a member to take any bike from any station, as many times as she wants, for 30 minutes at a time for no additional charge. The farthe