SLC Introduces GREENbikes
There's something about bicycling that makes you feel like a kid again. It's also a convenient, cheap and non-polluting way to travel short distances, for example from the Gallivan Center to the Gateway, or from Temple Square to Library Square. The SLC Downtown Alliance has been working with city government to develop GREENbikes, a bike share system that will allow users to borrow all-purpose bikes for short trips within the downtown area. GREENbikes are designed for people wearing regular clothes and carrying ordinary stuff. The SLC GREENbike system is scheduled to launch April 8, 2013, with stations located between North Temple and 400 South, and between 600 West and 200 East.
GREENbike members can take any bike, from any station, for as much as 30 minutes at a time. Users can purchase a 24-hour ($5), 7-day ($15) or annual ($75) pass for unlimited trips during that time period. If you keep the bike longer than 30 minutes, there is an additional fee.
I've used bike share systems as a tourist in both Paris and Minneapolis, and it's a great way for a visitor to see the sights. For locals, it's useful for a quick errand or getting to a lunch or meeting.
Image courtesy SLC Downtown Alliance. Read more from Marsha Maxwell at saltlakecity.about.com.