Pilot program aims to steer more people onto bikes

If you would like to ride a bike somewhere but do not own one at present, no worries. Logan City, Utah State University and Spin, a leading bike-share company, are launching just that: a bike share service that offers a fleet of orange-colored smart bikes.

Each bike is equipped with a basket, bike lights, integrated locking system and GPS tracking device that can be used to locate the bikes.

On KVNU’s For the People program on Thursday, Emily Malik from the Logan City Environmental Department and Meg McCarthy, program coordinator of Aggie Blue Bikes on campus, explained the program. McCarthy said this service is a pilot program they’re testing but it would be a nice complement to Blue Bikes.

“We’re only available to students and we deal with donated old bikes which can take a lot of time to tune-up, depending on what issues we’re facing with them and what donated parts we have available. Aggie Blue Bikes is still functioning, we do three months rentals and 24-hour check outs but we have such a high demand for bicycles, we can’t meet it,” explained McCarthy.

This new bike service is meant for use by the public anywhere in Logan City or on the USU campus and is generally designed for short term use. According to a press release, discussions began more than two years ago about bringing a bike share program to campus and the city. While many systems were looked at over that time, both entities settled on using Spin and their dockless system because it requires no public investment in the infrastructure to run the program.

Malik invites the public to give it a try for free during a Launch party on April 11th.

“We’re excited to give the public and students a chance to try the bikes for free. We know that some people could be a little unsure about getting on a strange bike or maybe they haven’t ridden their bikes in a lot of years. We want to give them an opportunity to get on a bike (and)try it out.

“We’re doing a little three mile loop. It’s pretty flat and it gives residents a chance to see what it’s like to ride on some of Logan City’s shared-use paths and also on some of the shared-use paths that are on campus as well,” Malik said.

The launch will be at 4 p.m. on the shared-use path across the street from the Beaver Mountain offices at 1351 East 700 North next to Frederico’s. More information on the launch will be available at http://spin.loganutah.org in the coming days. That site is not active just yet, but you can also email Meg McCarthy at margaret.mccarthy@usu.edu or Emily Malik at emily.malik@loganutah.org

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