Bike share shifts into gear

The city’s bicycle sharing program, Salem Spins, has begun its first full season, with 10 bikes available downtown at the Hawthorne Hotel and 10 more at Salem State University. Anyone age 18 and over can use the bikes downtown, but for now the Salem State bikes are for use by students and staff only. The downtown bikes are currently available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Salem State hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Use of the downtown bikes can be arranged at the hotel’s front desk; riders need a credit card and valid identification, and must sign a user agreement to pick up a key and a helmet. The Salem State bikes are offered through the central campus police station and require a university Clipper Card. The program started last fall and went into hiatus for the winter. For more details, contact Paul Marquis, the city’s energy and sustainability manager, at pmarquis@ - John Laidler