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?