A novel bicycle rental program at St. Xavier University launches this week. Students, faculty and staff will be able to rent bikes from automated kiosks to get from one part of campus to another.
The program is free for now and will cost riders 60 cents for each 15 minutes beginning in the fall. The first 15 minutes of riding will remain free.
The bikes, supplied by a French company, are one of St. Xavier’s recent initiatives to make the school more environmentally responsible. Because many students commute to classes from the suburbs each day, they often drive from one part of campus to another throughout the day as well. Officials are hoping the bikes will encourage students to leave their cars parked during the day.
The school spent about $60,000 on the fleet of 65 bikes, spokesman Joe Moore says, plus the cost of the 14 kiosks that store and dispense the bicycles. Already, he says, other universities are watching how the program works out at St. Xavier.
“Other schools regionally and nationally have called in to check it out and learn more about how they themselves might participate,” Moore says.
Daily News Staff Writer Peter Sachs covers higher education. He can be reached at 773.362.5002, ext. 18, or peter [at] chitowndailynews [dot] org.