On My Way-Mason Welcomes New Bike Share Program
BY JULIE FRAPPIER, STAFF WRITER
Starting Aug. 27, Mason launched a new bike check out program. Bikes are available in front of the Recreation and Athletic Complex (RAC) to anyone with a valid Mason ID. Students can check out a bike for a day at no charge. If students check out a bike out on a Friday or Saturday, it does not have to be returned Sunday night, according to the Mason Parking & Transportation Office. Bikes are free to use around campus for their leisure as long as they return the bikes by a certain time.
“The bikes have a sleek Mason design, a basket, a bell, a gear shift, locks, breaks, as well as a helmet,” according to the Office of Sustainability. Supported by the Mason Office of Sustainability and Office of Transportation, this project has been years in the making. Mason can now better encourage a biking culture on campus and utilize its bike lanes.
“Mason has 2 designated trails on campus Yellow Birch Trail – 1.6 mile walking/running trail on the sidewalks around Patriot Circle and Red Dogwood Trail – 1.3 mile multi-purpose trail along Campus Drive,” according to Mason’s Office of Recreation. The new bike share program is beneficial to Mason in many aspects as it can improve student health and promote alternative modes of transportation.