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2015 August 24 - 08:51 pm

Nebraska College Rolls Out Bike Share Program

Students, Staff Can Check Out One of Five Bicycles for a 24-Hour Period

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Officials have rolled out a new bike sharing program that will provide students and staff of the Central Community College in Grand Island with another way to get to and from campus.

Students and employees can check out one of five new bicycles for a 24-hour period under the program which was recently unveiled, The Grand Island Independent (http://bit.ly/1SYOjYf ) reported. A grant worth more than $10,500 from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska funded the program.

“This is a great opportunity to connect students and staff with local bike trails and to have a good time roaming Grand Island and exercising,” said Tara Friesen, community relations specialist for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska.

The program’s launch was perfect timing for psychology student Gach Rom, whose car recently broke down. Rom said the program should encourage Grand Island residents to think more about health as well as environmental sustainability.

“It’s an alternative to driving,” Rom said. “It’ll help a lot of people save on gas. Hopefully, not everybody is trying to use the bikes at one time.”

The college’ environmental sustainability office submitted a grant application in the spring, but had been working with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska for the year prior, said Minetta Khan, CCC’s sustainability coordinator.

Khan said the bike share program could be implemented at other campuses in Hastings and Columbus depending on how successful the effort is at the Grand Island campus.

Information from: The Grand Island Independent, http://www.theindependent.com

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