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UNCW Rolls Out Bike-Share Program

Monday, November 28, 2016

UNCW is making it easier than ever to get from point A to B with the launch of its “Hawk Wheels Bike Share” program. Twenty-five bicycles are available for students and employees to check out 24 hours a day at four stations around campus.

In the spring, a total of 70 bikes will be available at seven stations.

UNCW Transportation is partnering with Gotcha Group – Green Operating Transit Carrying Humans Around – on the bike-sharing program.

“Students have long expressed an interest in sustainable transportation options such as the Bike Share program and we are pleased to be one of the first schools in the UNC system to offer it,” said Nick Cannon, alternative transportation coordinator at UNCW.

The Gotcha bikes are outfitted with a GPS tracking device that charges from a solar panel on the back of the bicycle. Users must sign up and register with a credit card to check the bikes in and out of the stations. A mobile app is also available for easier and faster convenience. Cannon and his staff are able to monitor where the bikes are at all times and how often they are being used. Each bike ride must end at one of the stations on the UNCW campus.

The bikes can be used on and off campus and are equipped with a rustproof frame, adjustable waterproof seats, leak-resistant tires and a basket for books or bags.

By signing up for the program, members can enjoy an hour a day of free bike usage for a year. Members can also sign up for a “Lifestyle” option and use the bike for up to four hours a day for $25 a year. The cost is $2 per hour for each hour exceeded ($18 a day max).

UNCW collaborates with the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County to educate campus and community members on the importance of safe and sustainable transportation methods. In addition to the bike-share program, the university is involved in ongoing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements and offers electric vehicle charging stations.

Find out more at www.uncw.edu/transportation.

-- Caroline Cropp

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