Make way for the Bike Share program

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Earlier this week the Salt Lake Tribune proclaimed “Salt Lake City bike-sharing program to launch in April.” If this is the first you’ve heard about it, GREENbike (the SLC Bike Share program) is a partnership between the Salt Lake Chamber, Downtown Alliance, Salt Lake City and private sector sponsors.

A Bike Share program is a network of many Bike Share stations where members can take any bike from any station, as many times as they like, for a small membership fee.

Bike Share trips are short trips that get you from point A to point B (typically 30 minutes or less). The stations are near transit stops, popular destinations for food, entertainment and other Bike Share stations.

Bike share is not bike rental
Bike rental is renting a specific bike (mountain, road, cruiser), for a specific person (big/small, man/woman) for an extended amount of time (24 hours or more). You are responsible for that bike.

Bike Share bikes are designed for one job: short trips in the city by people wearing regular clothes and carrying ordinary belongings. The bikes are one-size-fits-all and the only thing you may need to adjust is the seat.

Bike Share focuses on convenience and removes the standard deterrents of riding in the city. No need to bring a lock because you don’t have to be concerned about theft (once you dock a bike, you’re not responsible for it). Clothes are protected (full chain guard, dress guard and fenders). Comfortable upright ride and step-thru frame (great for suits and skirts… no rolled up pants) and you’re not responsible for maintenance. It makes it easier for people to get out of their cars and navigate our city streets in a cost effective, fun and healthy way.

What do you think of the GREENbike coming to Salt Lake City? Will you use it?

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3 Responses to “Make way for the Bike Share program”

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  2. Don Claus says:

    Bike share has the potential to be a lot of fun for both residents and SLC visitors. For the most part I have found that the SLC biking community and SLC motorists get along very well.

  3. Ron Grimes says:

    I think it’s a great idea. My only concern is that the you rarely see a bicyclist actually obeying any rules (pedestrian or motorist). Their behavior is appalling: running red lights, changing from sidewalk to street at will, riding to the front of a line of cars and inserting themselves in the front spot so everyone has to wait until their slow butts build up enough speed to get out of the way. They jump between the “rules of the road” and “rules of a pedestrian” at will, and as it seems to meet their own need at the moment. “The light’s red. Ok, I’ll just swing over to the cross walk and proceed. That way, I’m not really running a red light; I’m just jay walking.” I’ve yet to see a police officer give a citation to a bicyclist for these egregious in-your-face violations of rules that automobile drivers are expected to follow. So, I’m afraid that more bicycles on the road will only contribute to more dangerous traffic situations as they flaunt the rules of the road. I would welcome more bicyclists to the road, if they follow the rules. But, as it is, they are traffic mosquitos. You just want to reach out and smack em.

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