Category: Improved Commuting, Transportation
Micro-mobility programs provide free or nominally priced rental options for traditional bicycles, electric bicycles or electric scooters. Micro-mobility programs can reduce the number of vehicle miles traveled by providing a carbon-free alternative for short distance trips. Bike-share programs are often coupled with bike maintenance programs to remove barriers to personal bike use. Rental periods can range from hourly, daily, weekly or even per semester. Programs can be managed by the campus directly, or by third-party partners. Some systems use centrally located bike docking stations, while others work with smart-phone enabled dockless systems.
- Removes pressure to increase parking and traffic capacity
- Encourages exercise and well being
- Visible commitment to campus sustainability
- No return on investment if modeled to be free to campus population
- Bikes require routine maintenance and can be targets for vandalism
- Unfavorable geography and climate can decrease program popularity
- Helmet use is difficult to facilitate under many models
This is a solid but small strategy to reduce commuting related emissions.
Each campus will have their own unforeseen barriers, but there are many successful models in action.
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Most campuses run a small pilot before rolling out a full program. For-profit companies can deploy quickly once an agreement is reached.
Requires staff or a third-party to oversee the program and to facilitate maintenance of stations, bikes, and/or scooters.
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Campus visitors, students, faculty and staff appreciate a free or low-cost bike share program.