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EKU launches bike-sharing program

Eastern Kentucky University has rolled out a dock-free bike share program, which the university says is the first of its kind on a Kentucky college campus.

RICHMOND, Ky. - Eastern Kentucky University has rolled out a dock-free bike share program, which the university says is the first of its kind on a Kentucky college campus.

The program is designed for students and faculty to get around Richmond and the EKU campus, but will be available for anyone with a smartphone and a connected credit card to use.

The school has partnered with LimeBike to provide 100 brightly-painted green and yellow bicycles, with plans to increase the fleet to 250 bikes in the coming weeks.

Bikes can be rented using LimeBike's app for iPhone or Android phones. Rides cost only $1 ($.50 if the account has an "@eku.edu" email address) per 30 minutes.

Monthly, per semester and annual subscriptions are also available at a discounted rate.

The bicycles can be used to commute to and from campus, so the school anticipates that the bikes will start showing up in downtown Richmond and in other areas of town.

When finished using the bike, users just leave them standing out of the way of foot traffic, instead of attaching them to a dock or bike rack.

“I envision LimeBikes all over the middle of campus,” said EKU President Michael Benson.

“Transportation contributes to about 15 percent of our annual carbon footprint,” EKU Sustainability Manager Patrick McKee noted. “Whatever we can do to encourage no-carbon or low-carbon methods of transportation, we’re interested.”

“As the leading dock-free bikeshare company in the U.S., we’re excited to partner with EKU, who is paving the way in sustainable transportation in the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said LimeBike Regional General Manager Sidney McLaurin. “This is an exciting launch for the entire state, and we’re looking forward to other opportunities to expand in Kentucky.”

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