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SLC Bike Share Expands

Jul 30, 2013

Salt Lake City officials say their non-profit bike-share program GREENbike has exceeded ridership expectations. That’s why today they added two new stations and expanded several existing locations. 

Speaking at the new Radisson bike share station on South Temple, Salt Lake City’s Transportation Division Director Robin Hutchison says this expansion will be the first of many.

"Bike Share is not only fun and not only makes you look cool, it’s also becoming a very important choice," Hutchison says. "Transportation in Salt Lake City is about providing choices. With the bike share program, we now have a brand new choice that people are making on a daily basis.”

In addition to the new Radisson Station, city officials installed another station in the Department of Workforce Services Plaza on 300 south and 160 East. 

The Exchange Place station, Squatters, the Rocky Mountain Power station at the Gallivan Center, and the Key Bank station at Temple Square are being expanded.  The Intermodal Hub Station will double in size.

Matt Sibul is Chief Planning Officer for the Utah Transit Authority which sponsored the Intermodal Hub Station.

“We have encountered what we called bike share anxiety where people coming on a bus or train have actually sometimes not found a bike available in the morning when they get off their bus or train; or in the afternoon when they’re coming back to their connecting trip," Sibul says. "That’s going to be no more.”

Since the program launched in April, officials say each bike has been ridden more than 270 times.