There’s a new way to get around in Chittenden County.
Greenride Bikeshare launched Thursday with bike hubs located in Burlington, South Burlington and Winooski.
It’s a partnership between University of Vermont, Champlain College, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission and Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association.
Bikes can be reserved online at greenridebikeshare.com.
A thirty minute trip will cost you $2. Members can ride for 60 minutes a day. Monthly fees cost $15. Annual fees cost $50.
There are currently eighty bikes available with hundreds more planned. Organizers are also planning an expansion into Essex, Shelburne, Colchester and Williston.
“We’re trying to get as many people out on bikes and doing active transportation as possible,” said Jim Barr, director for transportation and parking at UVM. “In addition to that, we’re trying to reduce, certainly for the University of Vermont, the number of cars coming to campus.”
“People have another way to get around without a car. That first and last mile connection we see being really valuable. We have these around the GMT bus stops,” said Abby Bleything, sustainable transportation coordinator at UVM.
The program is paid for through sponsorships. Ben & Jerry’s and Seventh Generation are the title sponsors.