E-Bikes Return To Park City May 3rd
The return of Park City’s low-cost electric bike program is returning May 3rd – with a soft launch happening on May 1st. KPCW”s Leslie Thatcher has this update.
Regional Transportation Planning Manager Caroline Rodriguez says the county will be is adding 60 more bikes to its fleet of 80.
“And those bikes will be delivered toward the end of June to coincide with the 11 new stations that are going in. So construction is starting in the beginning of May and will be running through June and hopefully that will make a big difference in terms of people really wanting a bike but there's no bikes available.”
They will also add nearly a dozen new bike stations throughout the Snyderville Basin and Park City.
“Those locations are City Park, Deer Valley Brew Pub lot, the MARC facility, Basin Rec Fieldhouse, the Health Department and Center of Excellence (that's one station), Willow Creek Park Silver Springs drive, Summit County Justice Center, Ecker Hill Park and Ride and then the Jeremy Park and Ride which maybe next year because of the construction - it will be next year after the construction.”
She’s hopeful that the registration bugs that have dogged the system since it was implemented in 2017 will be a thing of the past.
“I'm going to say I hope it's figured out. There will be a new app this year that people will see and the company that runs the operations for our bike share has actually brought the app in house. So, we're hoping that that's going to make a big difference and they now employ the actual app developers so that should that should make it a little easier to use and when we give feedback it should be a little more flexible in that sense.”
While riders are supposed to be 18 years old, children younger than that are often seen riding the 60 pound bikes. Rodriguez says they hope the additional signage and social media campaign will get the word out to parents.
“Again, we ask parents - please monitor what your kids are doing with either their credit cards are your credit cards we're doing the best we can.”
Registration is required to rent a bike and a $35 per bike pre-authorization is on hold for the duration of the ride. Rides cost $2 for the first 45 minutes. There is a $2 charge for every half hour after that - until the bike is returned to a station. Weekly, monthly and annual passes are also available.