PARK CITY’S NEW ELECTRIC BIKE SHARE
On July 19th, Park City became the first city in the nation to launch an all-electric bike share program. There are currently 88 bikes at nine bike station kiosks around the city, including some in Kimball Junction, Canyons Village, Prospector Square, and Old Town, among others. What’s even better is that this is just the first phase, and phase 2 will launch next summer with even more bikes and stations!
The bikes have a pedal-assisted lithium battery, which makes it easy for anyone to conquer hills all around town. The assisted-pedal system feels a lot like the cruise-control on a car going up a hill, and it kicks in as you push harder on the pedals. The bikes go up to 14.5 miles per hour and have a break on each side of the handlebars. There is also a basket on the front of each bike, which makes them great for a quick run to the grocery store, etc. There is a screen on the front of each bike that tells the rider how fast they’re going, on how much time they have left on their ride.
Users can purchase a $2 one-time pass or signup for weekly, monthly and annual passes at the kiosk stations. Local workers and residents are eligible for an annual pass for $90, which includes unlimited 90-minute rides throughout the year. Single-ride passes include 45 minutes of riding before an additional $2 is charged on the user’s credit card for every 30 minutes after that. When you download the Summit Bike Share application on your smartphone, it will walk you through the sign-up process and you can easily unlock any bike at the kiosk by putting the bike number into the app. The app also has a map of the stations in the area, and it tells you how many bikes and openings are currently at each station.
Just a few weeks before the launch of the electric bikes, Park City launched new electric buses that are part of an express route between Kimball Junction and Old Town. The busses and the new bike system are both part of Park City’s plan to have a net-zero carbon footprint by 2022.