TWU offers donated bikes for student use
Aug. 21, 2018 — DENTON — Texas Woman’s University officials announced that bikes will be available for students and employees to use on campus for free starting Aug. 27 in a new pilot program.
At the close of the spring semester, TWU signed an agreement with Spin to operate dockless bikes on the Denton campus. Then in July, the company announced its decision to retire its bikeshare program in favor of electric scooters.
TWU officials explored several options, including inviting other bikeshare companies to campus. However, in the end the university negotiated the donation of the Spin bikes for student and employee use.
“Since the bikes were already branded with the TWU logo and colors, it made sense to ask Spin to donate the bikes,” said Karrie Fletcher, Associate Director of Fitness and Recreation at Texas Woman’s University. “We will be working with Velo Republic in Denton for any repairs and with the City of Denton regarding bikes that might make their way off campus.”
The pilot will be reevaluated at the end of the fall semester to determine long-term viability of the program. Initially the university will make 10-15 bikes available and will require users to return the bikes to bike racks located on campus.
During the two months that Spin operated on campus, 166 registered riders logged almost 700 rides. Riders who previously signed up with Spin should withdraw from the program to receive a refund.
Texas Woman’s University’s bike program aims to not only improve transportation around campus but also to provide healthy options for students and employees as part of its broader health and wellbeing initiative.
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