TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The University of Texas at Tyler and VeoRide have partnered to bring a bike share service to the campus.
The new program aims to increase environmentally friendly transportation options for students to make it easier to get around campus. The cost to rent the bikes is 50 cents per 15 minutes. Students can take the bikes off campus, and UT Tyler officials said the long-term goal is to provide transportation to students who do not have it.
In the meantime, they say it can also help those who drive to campus.
"[Students will] be circling parking lots trying to find a parking space, missing classes sometimes," said Assistant Director of Campus Recreation Christopher Thompson. "So we're trying to help reduce some of that congestion to say, 'Hey, if you park in one spot, we're going to put bikes convenient to that parking location, and you can take it all across campus all day."
Forty-seven bikes are currently on campus. UT Tyler officials said although the bikes are on campus, they are not just for students. Faculty, staff, and the public are also welcomed to use the bikes as long as they are parked back at the school's bike racks.