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  • Lon Tegels, Northeast Arkansas News

Lime Bike Puts A-State in Top Five

Arkansas State ranks in the top five in the country. We're not talking sports but instead bike rentals. By all accounts the project has taken off and moving forward.When it comes to bikes on campus. The university has just completed its first semester its rental program call Lime Bike.You see these lime green two wheeled pieces of transportation everywhere.The Lime Bike program was announced in October just after the start of the school year. Already the A-State campus has climbed to the top nationwide when it comes to participation in the programBill Smith- The Lime Bike program puts us on par with bigger schools like Notre Dame, Washington and Michgan.Lime Bike Operations Manager, Hanson Travella says the Jonesboro campus is off to a fast start.He says they have about 500 bikes on campus and less than one percent theft rate.If there is any downside to the bike rental program, it’s where the bikes are discarded when riders reach their destination.The recovery team uses a phone app to keep track of the bicycles…So far the strangest place a bike has been left is on top of an SUV.The sidewalks are clearly marked with sharrows. Those are bike paths that are a little wider and are designed to be shared with pedestrians.To rent a bike, you used your cell phone and a QVR App. The rent is 50 cents a half hour for students and $1. 00 an hour for non-students.


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