BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University and the city of Bloomington are planning to start a joint bicycle-sharing program early next year.
Officials are looking for a company to launch the program with 150 bikes and eventually expand it to 850 bikes.
IU’s campus bicycle manager Kevin Whited says a bike-share program will help reduce the number of abandoned bikes that pile up around residence halls.
The (Bloomington) Herald-Times reports officials plan to offer bikes that can can be picked up and dropped off at existing bike racks. Users can locate, reserve, rent, lock and unlock a nearby bike by using a smartphone application.
Mayor John Hamilton says working with the university will provide a much stronger bike-sharing program for the community.