250 e-bikes now available on campus through bike-share program – News Center

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The University of Texas at Arlington has launched a new bike share program, including 250 e-bikes.

The bikes are available for rent using the Razor Micromobility app available in the iTunes or Google Play app store. More information is also available here. The program is offered through a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability and Parking & Transportation.

Meghna Tare, director of sustainability at UT Arlington, said the program provides students with an alternative and cleaner mode of transportation to the car.

“It’s all about efficiency and micromobility,” Tare said. “Using e-bikes is a better, healthier and more sustainable alternative to driving and parking.”

Greg Hladik, executive director of ancillary services at UT Arlington, said the university wants to provide as many transportation options as possible for students.

“We have the shuttles, the Late Night Security Escort service, the Via off-campus carpooling service, the RAPID program which offers Via self-driving vehicles and now e-bikes,” Hladik said. “With thousands of students, faculty, and staff, UTA needs plenty of transportation options.”

These dockless bikes will have designated pickup and drop-off locations scattered throughout campus at any existing bike racks and a few additional high-traffic areas. Maverick Place and Centennial Court, two off-campus student apartments, have also opted into the program.

Several bike corrals are also planned for downtown Arlington.

“Although e-bikes will be dockless, cyclists will need to complete their journey and park at one of 105 designated bike racks,” Hladik said. “This will ensure that the bikes are well maintained to maintain pedestrian lanes while providing ultimate comfort for riders.”

Tare said “the ability to reuse our existing bike rack infrastructure instead of purchasing additional equipment further supports the University’s sustainability goals.”

Passengers can choose to pay as you go or choose a monthly, semi-annual or annual subscription for discounted rides. All subscriptions and rides are purchased through the Razor Micromobility mobile app or by scanning the QR code on any e-bike. Blue Duck is the operator of the bikes.

What there is to know:

• The first three rides are free to all “@mavs.uta.edu” email addresses when they first sign up in the app

• 200 free helmets distributed annually

• Pay-as-you-go: $1.25 to unlock + $0.40/minute

• Subscriptions include 30 minutes of daily commuting

o Monthly membership: $35

o Semi-annual membership: $29/month

o Annual subscription: $23.91/month

• Access for low-income people: 50% reduction on each trip. Apply through the app.

Blue Duck will hire UTA students to help manage vehicles on campus. Search for company jobs on Handshake.

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