GREENbike Offers $0.01 Annual Passes to Essential Workers

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GREENbike implements safety protocols during COVID-19 Crisis

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (April 2, 2020) — In coordination with Governor Gary Herbert’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive and Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall’s proclamation implementing the directive, GREENbike, Salt Lake City’s nonprofit bike-share program, is offering $0.01 annual memberships to all essential workers.

GreenBike has changed downtown Salt Lake City with 33 stations and hundreds of bikes. Photo by Dave Iltis

These workers include:

  • Health care professionals.
  • Law enforcement officers and first responders.
  • Faith leaders and workers, including an official, worker, or leader in a house of worship or other places of religious expression or fellowship.
  • Employees of charitable and social services organizations.
  • Grocery clerks and all grocery store employees.
  • Restaurant employees and drivers offering take-out and delivery options.
  • Bank employees.
  • Gas station employees.
  • All Utah residents unable to telework.

Eligible workers can go to greenbikeslc.org/join to purchase an annual pass and use the promo code Essential2020 to get the discount. The promo code is live and will be able to be used at any time from now until May 1st, or as long as the “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive is in place. An annual GREENbike membership includes unlimited 1-hour bike rides for 365 days following account activation.

“We are grateful for the brave men and women working in these essential services,” said Ben Bolte, Founder, and Director of GREENbike. “We want to make sure those who are working during this time have access to as many affordable and safe transportation options as possible.”

The health and safety of our riders is a top priority at GREENbike. In line with the governor and mayor’s guidance, GREENbike is taking the following steps to protect our staff and the community:

Bikes & Stations

  • GREENbike technicians are regularly disinfecting all high-touch surfaces including the daily cleaning of kiosks, handlebars, grips, saddles, baskets, dock wake buttons, touch screens, credit card readers, gear controls, seat adjuster handles, bike bells, and bike locks.
  • The process used to disinfect bikes and tools includes wiping down stations with hot soap and water to clean. Technicians then use Simple Green Clean Finish and Isopropyl alcohol to disinfect the bikes and stations. Technicians are currently using Lysol wipes to disinfect the tools.

Staff

  • GREENbike technicians are working on bikes and stations alone in staggered shifts.
  • Technicians are required to follow strict hygiene standards including frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; using hand sanitizer frequently; avoiding touching their faces; covering coughs or sneezes (e.g., into the sleeve or elbow, not hands).
  • GREENbike has provided disposable gloves and hand sanitizer to be used when working on bikes and stations as an additional precaution.
  • Technicians are disinfecting the tools they use as well as the surfaces of our maintenance vehicle after each shift.

Riders

  • Riders should remain at least six feet apart from individuals from other households while riding a GREENbike.
  • Riders should follow strict hygiene standards, including washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after using a bike, using hand sanitizer frequently; avoiding touching their faces; covering coughs or sneezes (e.g., into the sleeve or elbow, not hands).
  • Riders are encouraged to consider wearing gloves when operating a GREENbike.
  • Riders are encouraged to check out bikes using the BCycle App on their smartphones.

For more about our program and precautions in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit greenbikeslc.org/covid19.

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