For Immediate Release
August 27, 2009
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Innovative system will allow City employees to reserve bikes for work-related travel
Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced, through the generous support of Giant Bicycle and a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program grant, the City of Boston Bike Pool, which will allow City employees to reserve bikes for work-related purposes. This exciting program will make over 60 bikes available for reservation. Bikes and helmets will be offered at eight large City buildings which house over 5,000 employees, including City Hall and the Boston Police Headquarters. The unique reservation and locking system has been custom made in order to ensure reliability, tracking and security. Mayor Menino wants to see the bikes receive as much use as possible to ensure that Beantown is well on its way to becoming Green Town.
"We are excited to work with Giant Bicycle to launch a program which will ensure that City employees are depending less on cars for work-related travel and more on greener options, such as bikes," Mayor Menino said. "I am eager to see these city bikes in use on a daily basis with as many employees having access to them as possible. This is another terrific example of the City's work towards becoming a world-class green and biking city."
Reliability is guaranteed through the system's ability to determine bike availability, as well as to provide an indication when a bike is out-of-service. Following the creation of a user account, city employees can use the Supersaas system to reserve a bike any weekday from 7 am to 7 pm.
- The location and bike number will be verified in the system as well as the reservation start and end time.
- A confirmation email will then be sent which will include a unique pass-code. With this pass-code, the employee is able to unlock a lock-box containing the key to the bicycle lock.
- The bike must be returned to the location from which it was taken and it can be in use for up to 24 hours.
- Boston Bikes will assume responsibility for maintenance and operations and will have the ability to respond to user issues.
Giant's TranSend DX features a sleek, lightweight aluminum frame and a 24-speed drivetrain that easily tackles any urban terrain. The durable 700x35 Kenda Kwest tires assure miles of smooth pedaling, and the rear rack and the fenders complete the rider's mission: proving that doing the right thing—saving gas money, and keeping the planet green—is incredibly easy and seriously fun.
Employees will be encouraged to use this greener means of travel because the system is so user-friendly. Pairing the unique pass-code with the employee and each bike's individual number allows for an advanced tracking system. City officials worked hard to program a system marrying both SentriLock LLC and Supersaas Reservation System technology, which allows employees to register online for bikes through the pool program. Through this system, the City is able to see who is using the bikes and the length of each trip. Any stolen bikes can be easily traced back to the user through their code. The system can securely track this information as well as restrict non-city employees from illegal reservations. Based on the City's Bike Pool, the exceptional reservation and lock system will soon be introduced to other bike pools across the country.
"Advanced technology combined with a simple reservation system ensures that the City of Boston Bike Pool will be one of the first of its kind," said Nicole Freedman, Director of Boston Bikes. "It is exciting to see the Mayor continuing to invest in the future of biking in the City of Boston and to have the involvement of City employees in this effort."
The bike pool does not simply end with City employees on weekdays. On the weekends, the bikes can be used at City and non-profit bicycle related events. The R.O.C.K. Roll & Ride, Bike Friday and Hub on Wheels programs will all find accessibility to the Bike Pool. Through City employee's use as well as biking events, the dependence on motor vehicles for work-related transportation will decrease.