Since the KU bike share launched in April, organized group rides with free use of VeoRide bikes have helped everyone learn to use the bike share. Some of the rides were focused on teaching bicycle safety, while others paired with groups such as the Center for Sustainability’s Happy Hour Bike Ride.
In a couple weeks, the Lawrence Parks & Recreation Department will be seeking the City Commission’s approval to allow VeoRide to geofence several locations throughout the City so that bikes can be picked up and left there as well, according to Donna Hultine, director of KU Parking & Transit. Pending approval, Jay Hawks and Lawrence community members will soon see brand new e-bikes and additional pedal bikes circulating between campus and community starting in August.
Derek Rogers, director of Lawrence Parks & Recreation and KU alum, is excited about the possibilities that a bike share brings to the community. “As an avid cyclist and someone that embraces the concept of getting more people to exercise, I see bike share as an avenue to get more people into healthier lifestyles. I like the business model of VeoRide and the no-cost option to the City, features of the bikes (solid construction and gearing for hills), and geofencing capabilities. From an environmental perspective, I also see the benefits to the community as a way of cheaper and cleaner mode of transportation.” In fact, in the first three weeks that VeoRide was at KU, 1.3 cubic tons of emissions were reduced by people riding our bikes instead of driving.
Rogers has been happy to see many people riding the bike share bikes not only on campus but around town, and the way the riders are being responsible with bike parking, riding habits, and the very low community concerns he has received.
The joy continues this summer, notes Spencer Dickerson, VeoRide’s general manager at KU/Lawrence. VeoRide is sponsoring three outdoor concerts hosted by the Granada in Lawrence. The first two are “Live on Mass” on June 29 and July 3. The third event is a Fourth of July concert. VeoRide will exhibit and have a couple bikes on hand for demonstrations. On July 21, VeoRide will provide free use of bikes during the Lawrence Community Bike Ride. In August, as KU students are welcomed back to campus, VeoRide will be there to celebrate the Hawk Week Bike Ride, tentatively planned for August 23.
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