GREENbike to be free for Hivepass holders

It just got a bit easier for Salt Lake City residents to get around the city.  This week Salt Lake City officials and GREENbike, Salt Lake City’s non-profit bike share system, announced a new partnership offering free annual GREENbike passes to current and future Hive Passholders, the discounted transit pass program exclusively available to Salt Lake City residents.

The free GREENbike passes are possible through help from SelectHealth and a grant from the Utah Transit Authority (UTA).  The free yearly passes (a savings of $75) will be available for a limited time and will allow residents of Salt Lake City to get on light rail, bus or bike share with a single RFID (radio-frequency identification) card.

The Hive Pass is made possible through a partnership with Salt Lake City and UTA.  The program offers unlimited access to bus, rail and streetcar services for only $42 per month, a 50 percent discount.  Residents must have a home address in Salt Lake City’s boundaries to be eligible for a Hive Pass.

GREENbike’s network consists of 33 stations in the downtown and Central City neighborhoods.  In addition to connecting different nodes in the city, many stations are strategically placed adjacent to transit centers to help fill the last mile gap, the distance between a person’s destination and a transit route.

The bike share program is also teaming up with SelectHealth to offer free rides to the public on Saturday, October 27.  To ride for free on Saturday go to any GREENbike station, purchase a 24-hour pass using the promo code “1027.”

This is the second free ride day for GREENbike.  According to a statement, on the inaugural free ride day this past June,  1,000 rides were taken burning over 155,208 calories and offsetting over 3,600 pounds of CO2 in one day.  GREENbike officials estimate that since the program’s inception it has prevented 3.8  million pounds of CO2 from entering the air, removed 4.2 million vehicle miles from local roads while burning 63 million calories in the process.

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Posted by Isaac Riddle

Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at isaac@buildingsaltlake.com.