I'm going to start with the local sponsors whose inspired involvement is bringing a wicked cool new program to Salem. So, big, heaping kudos to the City of Salem, Hawthorne Hotel, Salem State University and Salem Cycle.
What have they sponsored, you ask? They have sponsored FREE TRANSPORTATION. And I'm not talking about walking.
Salem is pleased to present its new, free, bicycle sharing program, which is provided by the City of Salem and Salem State University. The program, aptly called Salem Spins, will open near the Hawthorne Hotel and at the Salem State Central Campus on Monday, September 26th.
Cool! How does it work?
Bicycles will be available at two "hubs." The downtown hub will be near the Hawthorne Hotel. Simply visit the front desk at the Hawthorne Hotel, show a credit card and valid ID (for security - there's no charge!) and you will be supplied with a key to unlock one of the bicycles. This easy transaction offers an easy, unique and free way to explore historic Salem.
The second hub will be at the Salem State Campus Police Station, where bicycles will be available to Salem State students and faculty. A Clipper Card is required for use of the bicycles at Salem State.
Salem Spins will be offered from September through November and will re-open after the winter season in March (schedules are weather permitting and the program is active only during daylight hours).
Program underwriters and sponsors include the Green Communities Division of the MA Department of Energy Resources, the Hawthorne Hotel, and Salem Cycle.
This is a great new option for residents, students, and visitors. If you get out and about on a new Salem Spins bike, send me a picture at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll post a follow-up blog showing us all using this healthy, green, fun mode of transportation!