The Nation’s First E-Bike Share Launches in Park City

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Summit County’s Transportation Planning Director Caroline Rodriguez and her colleagues chose not to include traditional (non-electric) bicycles in their plan because they believe Park City’s mountainous terrain and urban sprawl make it challenging and often impractical to bike commute without the assistance.

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“We want the bike share to be used for more than recreation,” Rodriguez says. “We want it to be used as mode of transportation. And to do that, we have to make it easy for everyone, including people who don’t wear spandex.”

The the new pedal-assist bike-share system was a collaboration between Park City and Summit County, so the nine stations are split amongst Park City’s Old Town, Kimball Junction, and Canyons Transit Center, in hopes of allowing both tourists and local commuters to more easily explore the area by bike.

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“The greater Park City area really functions as one community, so we knew we had to treat it that way for this program to be successful,” Park City Transportation Planning Manager Alfred Knotts says of the collaboration.

The bikes themselves—88 in total—will assist the rider up to 14.5 mph; the motor kicks in when you start pedaling and turns off when you stop pedaling or reach 14.5 mph, at which point you may pedal as fast as your own power can take you. The batteries typically last three to four hours and will charge automatically when the bike is checked back into the station. Each bike is equipped with a basket and lights. A two-hour single trips costs $2, and there are several discounted plans for more regular use: $18 weekly, $30 monthly, or $90 annually. The bikes will available 24/7 as the weather allows, but will be taken into storage during the winter months.

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