"There is no delight in owning anything unshared," wrote the Roman scholar Seneca.
Bike sharing has really made a mark on Salt Lake City to many commuters' and tourists' delight. Similar to programs in other metropolitan areas in the United States and Europe, GREENbike SLC is a solar-powered, fully-automated, bicycle-sharing network for downtown.
GREENbike SLC launched April 2013 with 10 stations and 55 bikes. It has expanded, and by August 2014 it will boast 20 stations and 153 bikes.
That's a big win for downtown.
The process of grabbing a bike (not renting, the non-profit program is quick to point out) is easy. First, you pay for one of three membership options (a day, a week or a year). Next, you find a station, make a few taps on the docking station, and grab a bike.
After you pedal around town and to your destination, bring the bike back with 30 minutes. You have unlimited 30-minute "shares" each day.
GREENbikes are designed for short trips in normal clothes around downtown. It's an easy and stylish way to get from Point A to Point B in downtown SLC.
It's affordable, you don't have to worry about your bike getting stolen, they do all the maintenance, and, best of all, it's great for the environment.
Special thanks to the models Robby Bradbury, Laura Bell, Will Becker, and Ashley Sumner, and also to Ben Bolte, GREENbike SLC founder and director.
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