About the Bike Share

What is it?

A bike share program is a service in which bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals on a very short term basis for a price. Bike share programs allow people to borrow a bike from a “dock” and return it at other dock in the city, as long as the two docks belong to the same system.The user enters their payment information, and the computer unlocks one of the available bikes. When the user returns the bike, they place it in the dock, and enter their information into the computer, and it locks the bike into the dock.


How this affects the Roger Williams Community?

Currently, not many students and faculty use bikes to get to and from downtown Bristol. This is mainly due to the lack of safe bike paths between the two, but by implementing a bike share program around Bristol with the combination of safe bike paths, it will make getting around town fast and efficient. Getting a cup of coffee or eating lunch downtown will become accessible when you have easy access to public bikes.

The Benefits

Bike share programs offer transport flexibility, a reduction of vehicle emissions, health benefits, reduced congestion and fuel consumption, and financial savings. But the most special quality of public bicycles is the idea of sharing. By sharing with others, you can use bicycles on an “as-needed” basis, without the costs and responsibilities associated with owning one yourself. In doing so, this allows peple who may not otherwise use bicycles, to enjoy the benefits of cycling; whether they’re tourists or locals.