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Salt Lake City rolls out bike-share plans

Starting in March, riders will be able to tool around town on borrowed wheels.

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Lander started cycling to work downtown every day - and that was 30 pounds ago. He plans to use the new bike-share program along with the upcoming Sugar House trolley.

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"We're looking at something that improves health, improves air quality, reduces traffic congestion," said Patricia Richards, CEO of SelectHealth, "and it's just another way that expresses what a neat place Salt Lake City is."

Rio Tinto's Kennecott Utah Copper, another of the program's roughly half dozen sponsors, noted company efforts to clean up the air in its operations and sees bike sharing as an extension of that push.

"We're taking steps to reduce emissions inside our fence," Kennecott CEO Kelly Sanders said. "This is just one example of us going outside our fence and trying to supply solutions to the air-quality issues that we face."

Jason Mathis, executive director of the Downtown Alliance, said the program needs more funding if it's to grow. But the RDA Board, which is the City Council, gave it a $244,500 kick start on Tuesday.

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After all, the program has a key fan: the mayor.

"A year from now," Becker said, "you'll be seeing these bikes all around town."


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