Downtown continues to grow its transportation options

Posted at 4:53 PM, Jul 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-30 20:56:00-04

Downtown’s Green Bike Share Program will expand its operation with more stations and bikes for its commuters, city officials announced Tuesday.

The program started last April with a few locations scattered around the city. The green bikes have been so popular that there aren’t enough to go around.

Ben Sycamore uses the bicycles to get to work. Two times last week when he went to pick one up there were none available.

“Transportation in Salt Lake City is about providing choices,” said Robin Hutcheson, transportation director for the city. “And with the Bike Share program we now have a choice that people are making on a daily basis.”

The green bikes have been checked out 15,000 times since their introduction.

Bicycles will be added in various places. Four will be added at the Exchange Place, four at Squatters Pubs and Beers and 10 at the Intermodal Hub.

Two new locations will open Tuesday, increasing the number stations from 10 to 12.

One will be at the Radisson Hotel on South Temple and the other will be on 300 South at 160 East.

“Ideally, we're gonna want 75 to 100 stations in downtown,” said Ben Bolte, director of Green Bike Share.

The goal is to have the stations every half block to a block.

The Bike Share program relies on private sponsorship for much of its funding.