|GREENbike is sponsored by Rio Tinto Mining and SelectHealth.|
|A GREENbike station kiosk.|
While, at 10 stations, SLC's system is considerably smaller than the 300+ stations in NYC, it is an important step toward changing the way people perceive of transportation in a sprawling western locale. Utah is a great place to ride a bike, but as in many of the states in the region, residents seemingly mentally associate biking within a recreational sphere of activity, more so than for daily transportation. It is a goal of SLC Bike Share, the non-profit owner and operator of GREENbike to promote bicycle use for short utilitarian trips.
|Not a traditional bike rental; prices are structured to encourage short-term use and turnover to other riders. It's simple to do a quick check-in and re-check out in the event that you're running out of time and want to keep the bike longer.|
|The green paint of the bikes is bright and vibrant.|
|Map of the SLC GREENbike system.|
|Yes, that's me in a suit and tie. I had to present a paper at a conference about an hour after this photo.|
|I started out on GREENbike number 006, but migrated to several others throughout the ride.|
|Painted bike routes were on several streets downtown. This is something that could very well be done in Denver to direct bicyclists along preferred routes.|
|This appeared to be a bike box designated to help bicyclists turn left, however I was confused a bit by the location of its placement on the street. It had been only recently applied and perhaps it was oriented incorrectly.|
|This GREENbike station was placed in former on-street car parking spaces and adjacent to a bike lane. This type of outlay could open up some possibilities in several Denver neighborhoods, but as yet has not been implemented in Denver.|
|This bike shop was actively promoting GREENbike. A rising tide floats all boats, as they say.|
I could tell that much of the bike infrastructure was new or recently installed, so it is likely that SLC has made a lot of advancement to support GREENbike and a growing bike culture. Gleaming bike racks were in abundance, as were people riding. I saw evidence of a thriving bike culture not only in tattooed hipsters on fixies and kitted-out mamils, but more importantly, in family groups with kids riding down well-marked lanes, and casually dressed people on three-speeds with baskets of groceries. Fairly impressive.
I finished my circuit of the Tour de GREENbike and celebrated with a bahn mi sandwich from a food truck in a park buzzing with activity. I'm not familiar with the recent history of bicycling in SLC, but it would appear as though the addition of GREENbike and other improvements is aiming the trajectory of biking toward a brighter future.
|Me at the finish line, much better prepared for my presentation after some time on a bike.|
|Having a bahn mi sandwich in a park following a ride is a great recipe for lunch.|