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Ogden Councilwoman Marcia White is pictured after the GREENbike ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday 5th August 2022 as she prepares to go on a bike ride.

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Bikes are lined up at a GREENbike station at the corner of Washington Boulevard and 26th Street during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, August 5, 2022 to celebrate the ride-sharing program coming to Ogden. A map of the six GREENbike stations in Ogden is shown.

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A grand launch ceremony for GREENbike, a new bike-sharing program, will be held on Friday, August 5, 2022 at the corner of Washington Boulevard and 26th Street in Ogden.

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GREENbike Executive Director Stan Penfold teaches Ogden City Marketing and Communications Manager Mike McBride how to use the GREENbike app after a dedication ceremony on Friday, August 5, 2022.

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GREENbike Executive Director Stan Penfold teaches Ogden City Marketing and Communications Manager Mike McBride how to use the GREENbike app after a dedication ceremony on Friday, August 5, 2022.

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OGDEN – GREENbike has come to Ogden, furthering the city’s initiative to become a walk-and-ride community.

During a Friday morning opening ceremony at the corner of Washington Boulevard and 26th Street, Ogden City Mayor Mike Caldwell, among others, spoke about the long-awaited bike-sharing program that began in Salt Lake City.

“It was an eight-year effort by many people,” he said.

Ogden is starting with six bike docking locations, but GREENbike executive director Stan Penfold said the attention the program is receiving means the company can see it will need more.

While a map of Ogden docking locations is not yet available on the GREENbike website, greenbikeutah.org, the signage lists locations on Grant Avenue and Park Boulevard; 21st Street and Grant; 23rd Street and Wall Avenue; 23rd and Washington Boulevard; 25th Street and Lincoln Avenue; and 26th Street and Washington.

GREENbike has been operating in Salt Lake City for 10 years. There are currently 40 stations with more on the way.

Since its inception in 2013, Utah’s only nonprofit bike rental company has reportedly offset more than 5.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide from the air, saved more than 6.4 million vehicle miles from affecting local roads, and helped residents, more than 79, Burn 1 million calories.

Since the main purpose of the program, according to Penfold, is to act as an intermediary to and from existing transit infrastructure, it is more advantageous in medium-sized cities. However, larger cities like New York City and Chicago have successful bike-sharing programs.

In addition to serving as a mechanism to increase public transit usage, bike sharing is intended to improve the overall health and air quality of the community, the latter being a concern in Northern Utah.

“It’s certainly an initiative along the Wasatch frontline,” Caldwell said of the bike share program.

Ogden Councilwoman Marcia White said she is “super excited” to see her community growing up and providing access to alternative transportation for people who need it.

GREENbike, in partnership with SelectHealth, Salt Lake City, the Utah Transit Authority and other private sponsors, is committed to providing the community with affordable, convenient and sustainable transportation.

Currently, a GREENbike day pass costs $7, although Penfold said they will review fee structures at some point in the near future to make them as affordable as possible for everyone in the community.

GREENbike is offering a free day pass with promotional code 1574514. While the promotional code can be used on the same bike for an entire day, riders must return to a GREENbike station to reset the time in order to continue riding for free.

Bicycles can be rented at any station and returned at any station. Only classic bikes are currently available at Ogden stations, but e-bikes will eventually be included “to tackle the hills,” Penfold said.

Bringing the program to Ogden took a lot of work and a lot of partnerships, said White, the regional economic development planner for Wasatch Front Regional Council.

Caldwell was grateful for the many partnerships to make the GREENbike launch in Ogden a reality and said as long as WFRC keeps the work going it will keep making noise.

“We think it’s going to be very successful,” Penfold said.



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