University and city of Salem collaborate on Salem Spins

Driscoll and Meservey on bicycles

As part of a new grant-funded initiative between the city of Salem and Salem State University, bicycles will be available to members of the Salem State campus community and to residents of and visitors to Salem on a short-term basis.

A memorandum of understanding between the city and the university was signed yesterday. Salem State’s bicycle program—named Salem Spins—will launch on September 27. The city’s program will also launch this fall. On the Salem State campus, students, faculty and staff will have access to 10 bicycles. Student coordinators will operate the program out of the campus police station at no cost to members of the university community. Those wishing to use a bicycle must only show a Salem State ID and sign a usage agreement.

Salem Spins will run through November 23, weather permitting. It will start up again when students return from spring break and be available through the end of the semester. It is expected that students, in particular, will use the bicycles to travel between Salem State’s five campuses or to downtown Salem. 

The city of Salem’s program will make bicycles available through a hub at the Hawthorne Hotel. There will be a cost associated with the city’s program. 

“Salem Spins is just one more opportunity for meaningful collaboration between the city of Salem and Salem State University,” noted Executive Vice President Stanley Cahill. “As a proponent of green initiatives and environmentally responsible behavior, Salem State looks forward to the opportunity to provide students, faculty and staff with alternative forms of transportation around the campus and around the city so many of us call home.”