Greenride e-bike share program abandoned; cities take action

Published: Sep. 16, 2022 at 12:21 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - An e-bike share program in Chittenden County has shut down, leaving hundreds of bikes abandoned with no access to use them.

The Greenride e-bike share program shut down at the beginning of July, There are 30 bike dispensing hubs placed in populated including Burlington, South Burlington, and Winooski. Now, visitors see signs saying “out of service.”

The operator of the program, Bolt, told the Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association they closed on July 1st. “We haven’t heard anything from them since,” said CATMA’s Sandy Thibault. She says even though the bike batteries are dead, the website and app still work. There is no impact locally since Bolt operates everything. “There are no funds that come out of the municipalities or CATMA or regional planning commission. It’s all sponsored and operated by Bolt.”

Thibault says Vermont is not alone in this issue and it is happening throughout the country. On Bolt’s website, it does acknowledge the shutdown saying they plan to collect the bikes. The state reached out but still hasn’t gotten a response from them. CATMA issued a legal notice to collect the bikes by September 1st but had no response.