The University of Michigan-Flint is participating in a new bike share program that provides a healthy transportation option for the campus and broader community.
The Flint Bike Share Program was launched by the university and several community partners. The program utilizes the commercial service Zagster, organizers said, selected because of its low cost pricing structure and user friendly system.
"I'm thrilled that a bike share program for campus and the greater downtown Flint area is now available," said Theresa Landis, director of recreational services at UM-Flint. "This will assist with the need for alternative transportation options, as well as providing a fun option for leisure and exercise pursuits."
Riders can unlock and ride any Zagster bike by using a phone app. Users set up their memberships through credit cards. This feature motivates people to return the bike when done using it so it can be shared by others, Landis said.
There are currently two Zagster stations on campus, including in front of the University Pavilion and near the entrance of the Recreation Center. There is a station at the Genesee County Parks and Recreation administration building (near Stanley and Genesee roads), and another on the Flint Cultural Center campus between the Longway Planetarium and the Flint Institute of Arts.
Zagster also adds to the list of transportation options on campus. The university began offering a Safe Ride service through the Department of Public Safety this semester. There is also the MTA Campus Shuttle bus service.
The new bike share program replaces the hourly bike rental service at the UM-Flint Recreation Center. But the center will continue to lease refurbished bikes for $50.
The UM-Flint Walk and Bike Work Group, which includes several community members, hopes to bring more bike share stations to the greater downtown Flint area.
Those interested in walking and bike initiatives can join the Walk and Bike Work Group, which meets the first Friday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Alumni Room, located on the third floor of the University Center.
For more information, visit http://bike.zagster.com/flint/.