Salem to Introduce Bike-Share Program
Many metropolitan cities have areas sprawled amongst the cities where one may check out a bike for the day. This is seen as an alternative to driving, taking the bus, subway, max and so on; or can simply be used to stroll around the city.
This bike renting craze may soon come to Salem. If the bike program were to happen, there would be a total of 30 bikes throughout various places in Salem- most likely downtown and other heavily visited locations. Customers would be able to rent a bike for a limited amount of time, and after that set time is over,an hourly rate would be applied until the bike is checked back in.
The possible bike program was proposed by Evan and Jenna Osborne. The two founded the nonprofit, Osborne Adventures.
Originally, the Osbornes wanted to have 10 bike stations with 50 bikes in Salem; this idea started in 2016. They now, would like to open up six to seven locations. Currently, on their program’s website, there are four locations listed, which are: Union Street Railroad Bridge, the West Salem Courthouse, the Downtown Transit Center, and Riverfront. Some sponsors have the option to choose where they want their location.
The program will go under review in front of city council on Nov. 13.