Bike share programs are an increasingly common service on college campuses, and they’re often facilitated by the student ID card. The same holds true at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, only the bikes have a little more zip than usual.
According to an official university release, the neighboring Green Volt EV Conversions donated two of its electric bikes to the university that are now available for free use on campus.
The e-bikes are available for checkout for up to a 24-hours at a time or for a full weekend, according to a university news release. The throttle and pedal-based bikes are battery-powered and can travel up to 30 miles on a full charge.
The bikes can travel 20 mph without manpower and can reach up to about 30 mph when the rider pedals along with the electric motor. The bikes are available for rent at the university’s recreational sports office, and anyone in the campus community — student, faculty or staff — with a valid university ID can rent them.
The university’s director of recreational sports has hopes of building out a fleet of the e-bikes with the eventual goal of making them readily available for students residing in on-campus housing complexes. Core to that vision will be the student ID card.
“It would be awesome if Momentum Campus students could use their student ID to check these bikes in and out during the day, using them as a viable transportation option between both campuses,” Franklin Harrison, director of recreational sports at Texas A&M University-Corpus Cristi. “Eventually, I would love to work with Islander Green or other donors to make e-bikes the norm on this campus.”
Right now, the university is not charging a fee to rent the e-bikes since the bikes were donated to the campus at no charge. Provided the two donated bikes are treated properly and well maintained, the university intends to keep them available for free.