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GREENbike To Reopen For Third Season March 31st

New Discount Office Pass Program to Be Announced

Salt Lake City, UT (March 28, 2015) – On Tuesday GREENbike begins its third season in downtown Salt Lake City, with over 150 bikes available at 20 downtown stations. This marks the earliest date the system has opened, thanks to mild early spring temperatures and highly successful 2014 season. Last year 14,538 people rode 113 GREENbikes 46,264 times in 264 days, an average of 411 trips per bike.

In an effort to decrease the number of short distance downtown car trips, GREENbike has created a new Office Pass Program. The greater number of Annual Passes an office purchases for its employees, the more discounted the rate per pass. Annual GREENbike Pass rates can be reduced to as little as $25 per pass if an organization purchases passes for at least 41 employees. Smaller businesses can take part in the program as well to promote clean air and encourage healthy lifestyles to their employees.

Every GREENbike Annual Pass includes a free “I BIKE SLC” Bern Unlimited helmet, RFID card that allows the user to tap any dock to unlock any bike in 15 cities and an online profile that tracks the rider’s trips, calories burned and C02 avoided. An annual pass costs $75 and includes unlimited one-hour trips for a year. A 24-hour pass costs $5 and gives the user unlimited 30-minute trips.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

Bike sharing is an innovative, urban transportation solution that allows the public to access bicycles from a network of automated stations for short distance trips. The many benefits of bike sharing range from health and air quality improvements to decreasing traffic congestion, increasing transit ridership and extending the roadway life-cycle.

Over the last 5 years, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of U.S. bike share programs, with more than 40 currently operating in cities like Denver, New York City, Madison, Minneapolis, Boulder, Austin, Washington D.C., Boston, and San Antonio. Over 600 cities worldwide have instituted bike sharing as a comparatively inexpensive and quick-to-implement option for improving the mobility of city residents and visitors.

Salt Lake City launched its non-profit bike share, GREENbike, in April, 2013 with 10 stations and 55 bikes. By December, 2013, over 6,100 people had taken 25,361 trips, the equivalent of 390 trips per bike. Those figures made GREENbike the most successful small bike share system (less than 50 stations) in the U.S. GREENbike’s 2014 season began with 12 stations and 75 active bikes. In late July, the system added eight stations, 75 bikes and expanded four stations. This 87% growth resulted in a 184% increase in ridership.

GREENbike connects downtown office workers, visitors and residents with nearby employment centers, major transit stops and popular destinations for food, drink and entertainment. The program serves as a mechanism to improve community health, air, quality of life and increase the use of existing transit infrastructure.

The GREENbike organization grew out of a desire to create an active transportation alternative to single-occupant automobile trips and increase transit choices. Salt Lake City recognized the need for a sustainable transportation system that provides residents with safe, affordable, and efficient options to get around. GREENbike has become a key component of that system.

The GREENbike program has proved to be immensely popular and received support from the public, businesses, and regional/local governmental agencies. GREENbike is a non-profit, public/private partnership between Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Salt Lake City Downtown Alliance, Visit Salt Lake (Convention & Visitor’s Bureau), the Wasatch Front Regional Council, the Utah Transit authority, the Utah Department of Transportation, SelectHealth and a myriad of private sponsors.

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