Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Bike share program gets five new bicycles

Randolph College’s bike share program has grown with the addition of five brand new bicycles that anyone on campus can check out and use.

The College received five new Trek bikes from Bikes Unlimited in Lynchburg on Monday. Randolph's Student Government provided funding for the new bikes to accommodate the bike share’s growing popularity as well as provide bikes that are more suited for trail riding.

Helena Gray ’16, bike share manager, and Ludovic Lemaitre ’11, sustainability coordinator,
show off the five new Trek bicycles that were added to the bike share program this week.
The bike share program was started several years ago to allow students to access bikes for short trips that they need to make and for exercise and recreation. The College is just a short distance from Lynchburg’s Blackwater Creek Trail, which is popular for biking. Faculty and staff members are welcome to check out the bikes, too.

People can sign out a bike at the information desk in the lobby of Main Hall. “All you have to do is go to the front desk and ask for a key and a helmet,” said Helena Gray, bike share manager. “You go and get the bike that corresponds with your key, and it’s yours until dusk.”

A few things to remember:

  • Check the brakes and tires before beginning your ride
  • Wear a helmet
  • Be aware of Lynchburg’s regulations for riding bikes
  • When finished with the bike, return it to the rack where you picked it up and lock it to the rack using the lock that corresponds with the bike’s number
  • Return the key and helmet to the front desk