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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bike Center in Downtown Salt Lake City Will Open Saturday

A new center offering bikes for rent will open Saturday, serving people who want to ride FrontRunner or TRAX trains into Salt Lake City and then use 2 wheels to get around downtown.

The center is part of a public-private partnership designed to encourage people to use public transportation and alternate methods of travel. The Salt Lake Tribune has this article about the center. Below are excerpts.

Commuters looking to ditch the car in favor of trains and two wheels finally have a friend in a long-promised downtown bike center.

Located inside Salt Lake City’s transit hub, the Canyon Sports Bicycle Transit Center — which opens Saturday — offers secure bike storage, rentals, a maintenance shop and a shower.

Canyon Sports, which won the operator bid, has a ready fleet of road, commuter and mountain bikes that can be rented from $5 to $8 an hour or $25 to $45 a day, depending on the model. There also is a two-tiered, 64-slot storage rack on a tension cable, where “parking” spaces can be rented for $1 a day, $12 a month or, for a full membership with perks, $96 a year. (Members also must pay a $20 activation fee.)

The public-private partnership, years in the making, hopes to service FrontRunner and TRAX commuters who want to bike to their office, as well as downtown tourists. But it also provides a “reverse-commuting” model, designed to accommodate Salt Lake City residents who ride downtown and need a place to stash their bike before catching a train to Sandy or Davis County or elsewhere.


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