(Guest post by Liam Reilly)
I have recently completed a feasibility study examining various bike share / bike rental options. Community and campus biking is a growing trend across the nation. Various cities and universities have introduced bike rental programs as an alternate form of transportation. The success of these programs led me to research the possibility of a bike rental program for the students of Kansas State.
There are several different models that have been successful. Traditional bike renting, bike libraries, yellow bike programs, and electronic bike sharing. Each of these are described in more detail in the report. As well, the report analyzes each program for its advantages and disadvantages.
With the layout of K-State and the needs of the students, it was determined that a yellow bike program would be the best fit. A yellow bike program is a bike share model where donated bikes are painted bright, distinguishable colors (usually yellow) and placed on public bike racks. These bikes are free to use and can be used by anyone. Once someone is done riding this public bike, they can simply place it at another rack and more students can use it. It is simple, affordable, and promotes environmentally-conscious behavior.
For the full analysis, please refer to the report. If you have any questions or would like to contact me about my report, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.