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UAA introduces bike-share program

By Kristin Anderson 7:14 PM May 2, 2014

UAA introduces bike-share program

ANCHORAGE –

Students at the University of Alaska Anchorage are turning in their books and checking out bikes.

UAA’s Green Fee program introduced the bike-share program in April. Green Fee assistant Whitney Lowell said the idea came from a student proposal.

“The bike share was our very first proposal that we received,” Lowell said.

The 20 bikes are available to students who pay the green fee or have a student wolf card.

“[They] can go to the library and check it out, like you would a book,” Lowell explained. “Then the student can take the bike off campus, they can take it on the bus with them, it’s their bike for however long they need to rent it out.”

The green fee is a $3 student fee for student-proposed grants for green initiative projects.

The bike share helps students reduce their carbon footprint while getting around campus easier.

“There’s anxiety when you’re going to classes of ‘Can and how long will it take me to find parking?’ From personal experience, I know it takes that aspect out,” said Tyler Morris, student volunteer.

Safety is a priority. Students must have a helmet with them when they check out the bikes. Bikes must be returned after one month for a safety inspection, but can be checked out again after the check.

The bike share is only available in the spring and summer months. However, Morris said winterized bikes could be in the future.

According to Lowell, there are 30 more bikes in storage. Once the first 20 are checked out they will make the rest of the bikes available to students.

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