The number of card utilities on campus is impressive, and seems to grow more each year. Now, a new student-proposed bike share program at Baylor University could add yet another use to the campus credential.
Four roommates at the Waco, Texas university have developed a bike share program with a twist. Their idea is to enable students to unlock and use the bikes by swiping their ID on a tablet embedded in the bikes’ handlebars.
Bike share programs are anything but a new concept, but they typically require large, bulky kiosks from which the bikes can be obtained. The initiative being proposed at Baylor, dubbed Campus Bike, does away with these large kiosks in favor of locking poles, which would be installed at several locations throughout Baylor’s campus.
In using smaller and less hardware, Campus Bike’s creators claim that the initial cost can easily be subsidized. Moreover, the system is self sustaining, meaning it will pay for itself year over year.
Relieving the university from funding the project, along with the low overhead cost has the students hoping that other college campuses across the country will soon take notice. Whether that happens or not is yet to be seen, but for the time being this is an interesting use of the campus ID.