Gird Bikes is finally launching in Phoenix on Tuesday, November 25. The bike share program was first announced back in July 2013 and then officially unveiled by city of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton back in October 2013. And though it was originally set to launch earlier in 2014, its release was delayed due to to vendor issues.
But now the lime green bikes have been given the green light. Founding members and Grid ambassadors have already begun testing out the new rides this week while the rest of the Grid team has been setting up bike stations throughout the Phoenix area.
This year, Phoenix will have more than 45 stations, equipped with a total of 500 bikes, located near neighborhoods, shopping areas, light rails stops, and the ASU downtown campus. Users can view the Grid bike map online or by downloading the Social Cyclist app. By 2015, Grid expect to launch 250 bikes in Mesa as well as Tempe.
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In order to use the bike share program, users simply have to reserve a bike on their mobile device or desktop (app.socialbicycles.com), enter a provided pin number to unlock their bike at the station, and then return the bike at any available station.
Bike fare packages include a day pass of 60 minutes ($5 hourly), a monthly membership of 60 minutes per day ($30 per month), an annual membership of 60 minutes per day ($79 per year), a student membership of 60 minutes per day ($59 per year), and a founding membership of 90 minutes per day ($99 per year). Overage fees are $2.50 for each additional 30 minutes with a maximum charge of $25 per day.
For more information or to sign up for any one of the membership packages, visit www.gridbikes.com.