GREENbike Public/Private Partnership in Salt Lake City
GREENbike, Salt Lake City’s nonprofit bike share program, eclipsed 100,000 rides for the season (as of November 2015). The system, now comprising of roughly 200 bikes and 25 stations in the downtown core, launched in 2013. Of the 70 automated bike-sharing systems in the U.S. no other system that directly charges users for service has reached as many rides so quickly, and with as few bikes. To put these numbers and milestone in perspective, over the past seven months, on average, each bike has been used over 500 times. When GREENbike added five new stations, plus additional bikes and expansion of existing stations this May, ridership increased by almost 300%, winning them an award at a national bike share conference in September. To date, more than 50,000 daily and annual users have removed more than 1,300,000 vehicle miles from local roads, helping community air quality, decreasing traffic congestion, reducing road maintenance costs and burning nearly 19,000,000 calories in the process. GREENbike is a nonprofit, public/private partnership between Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Salt Lake City Downtown Alliance, Visit Salt Lake, the Wasatch Front Regional Council, the Utah Transit Authority, the Utah Department of Transportation, SelectHealth and many other private sponsors.