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“Yellow Bikes” for K-State: bike-share study published - bikemanhattan.info

“Yellow Bikes” for K-State: bike-share study published

(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 liam14@ksu.edu.

The Feasibility of Bike Renting at Kansas State University

Liam

A junior at Kansas State University. Majoring in Civil Engineering and minoring in Spanish. Currently serves as the Bike Culture Intern for the Office of Sustainability at Kansas State University.

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3 Responses

  1. Michael Wesch says:

    Great work, Liam. Let’s make it happen. What are the next steps? Where could we get the funding and who could paint and maintain the bikes?

    • Liam says:

      There are a lot of different places we could go to for funding. There are grants and private funding available everywhere. In Manhattan there is the City-University fund, Student Center Tuition Enhancement fund, and student government allocations. Actually, at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, they received their initial funding from their student government. They gained so much support from the yellow bikes, that they were able to install an electronic bike sharing system.

  2. Skylor Alexander says:

    I would be more than willing to donate some time if there was a need to weld and install more bike racks around town. I’m sure I could rally a few painter’s as well.

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