NewsPublic Affairs / July 26, 2018

ISU Bike Share Comes To An End Just Months After Launch

The company that operated the service is ditching bike share operations across the country in favor of its scooter-sharing services.bike share, Indiana State University2018-07-26T00:00:00-04:00
ISU Bike Share Comes To An End Just Months After Launch

The bike sharing program officially launched in April to celebrate Earth Day.

Zach Herndon/ WFIU-WTIU News

Indiana State University students are set to start fall classes next month, but they’ll no longer be able to snag a ride on one of the bright orange shareable bikes.

ISU’s bike share program is coming to an end just months after officially launching.

ISU sustainability leaders say they received word last week that San Francisco-based company SPIN, which provided the 130 bikes, will no longer offer bike sharing services. The company that operated the service is ditching bike share operations across the country in favor of its scooter-sharing services.

Sustainability Coordinator Nick McCreary says he’s disappointed. He says the program racked up more than 10,000 rides since it started in April.

“We definitely want to have a bike share here, so we’re going to look at all the options, whether it be partnering with another company like we were with SPIN, or maybe pursuing one on our own,” McCreary says.

McCreary says the bikes are still active as ISU makes plans with SPIN to pick them up.

 

 

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