Salt Lake City’s Bike Share program expanding amid success

Posted at 8:01 PM, May 16, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY – It’s been one month since Salt Lake City implemented its green Bike Share program.

The bikes can be rented for 30-minute intervals and are found at stations all around downtown.

Program organizers say it’s been a success so far.

“The bikes are accessible. I’ve never been to a stop or I guess a station where there isn’t a bike or a dock when I need to drop one off,” said Ryan Evans.

Ben Bolte, director of the Bike Share program, says that in the last 30 days, around 1,300 people have made more than 4,400 trips.

The program has been so successful, in fact, the city will be expanding.

“We’ve secured enough funding to add an extra two stations and another 30 docks. We want to get each station up to 20 docks and right now they’re at 13,” Bolte said.

The program offers annual passes for those who use the bikes often or just want to cut down on driving every now and then. Members say it’s worth the price.

“I’m saving a ton of money. It’s great because I can use the train therefore I can return emails, look things up on the Internet on my way down. When I get to the city, if I coordinate well, I can use the bikes to go to every meeting in the downtown area,” Evans said.

The pass can also be used in other cities like Denver, San Antonio and Dallas.

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