University launches bike share program

  PSU
  Wednesday, April 25, 2018 12:00 PM
  News, Campus Culture

Pittsburg, KS

Pitt State Bike Share

On Wednesday, Pittsburg State University became the second entity in the state of Kansas to offer VeoRide's dockless pay-as-you-ride bike share system to the campus community.  

In a launch event that coincided with an Earth Day celebration by the Students for Sustainability, the university unveiled 70 Pitt State-branded bicycles, each painted red and emblazoned with the splitface gorilla.  

For two weeks, students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to try the new bikes for free, while community members may try them at half off their usual cost. 

The program is gaining traction across the United States, as campuses and communities of all sizes embrace bikes that are not only environmentally friendly but also easy to use. Last week, the University of Kansas brought the VeoRide dockless bike share to its campus.   

Faculty and staff members of PSU's Sustainability, Society & Resource Management degree program first learned of VeoRide at the Association for the Advancement of Higher Education Conference in last fall, and a steering committee began working to implement it on campus. 

“Hats off to Pitt State for recognizing the value that a bike share offers its students, faculty and staff,” said Candie Xie, co-founder of VeoRide, which is based in West Lafayette, Indiana. “They’re making a bold statement that bikes are not only a transportation asset, but also contribute to a healthier, more vibrant campus.”   

How it works 

Riders simply locate a nearby bike via their smart phone and unlock the joy of bike riding for a quick commute or just a fun spin around campus.  

Bikes will be available at designated bike parking areas across campus. Each bike features sturdy construction and built-in safety features, as well as three gears and solid tires that don't require air. 

After the two-week trial period, pay-as-you-go rides will be available for as little as 50 cents for 15 minutes. Additional packages for monthly or yearly rates are available, with discounts for Pittsburg State students and employees.  

To rent a bike, a rider first downloads the VeoRide app, locates a bike, then scans the QR code on the bike or enters the bike’s ID to unlock it. At the end of a ride, bikes must be parked at one of several designated parking locations identified in the app and simply push the button on the bike lock to end the trip. 

For more information about Pitt State Bike Share, visit www.veoride.com.

For more information about campus sustainability at PSU, visit http://bit.ly/2r3rCIi


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