As the temperatures begin to rise and people move outside, GREENbike is announcing another expansion of service in Salt Lake City.
For the 2016 season, GREENbike will be adding eight new stations, and adding 109 lighter 2nd generation bikes to their fleet. One of those eight new stations is located at Trolley Square by the Whole Foods Supermarket. It’s the first station outside of the core downtown area. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski says she hopes it’s the first of many more to come.
“For me this is a huge step that is meaningful to everyone who does not live in this core downtown area," she says. "So, thank you GREENbike for exapanding in this direction. We’re creeping a little closer to Sugar House, which we all know, is really wanting some alternative transportation.”
Matt Sibul is the chief planning officer for the Utah Transit Authority. Sibul says UTA executives are a big believer in the GREENbike system, and they see it helping to solve the last-mile problem.
“Train to GREENbike to office. GREENbike to bus to grocery store," he says. "These are the kinds of phrases more and more of at UTA that we’re very much attuned to and, again, reinforce the notion the system that we have here today is really a part of our public transportation system.”
GREENbike now has 33 stations and more than 300 bikes. An increase of more than 400% since launching in 2013.