East End News

Bike sharing is coming to campus

A LimeBike is parked agains a white concrete wall.

There’s no denying it: Construction on the east end of campus has made getting around harder. However, Washington University in St. Louis is committed to offering a wide range of alternative transportation options to make it as easy as possible to get from here to there. That’s why WashU is now partnering with Lime (formerly LimeBike) to bring bike sharing to campus.

You’ve no doubt seen the bright green bikes dotting the urban landscape. Lime, a dockless, GPS-based bike sharing service, arrived in St. Louis in April. Washington University was among key regional institutions and organizations involved in bringing the bike-share program to the city.

Logo mark of the bike-share company LimeBike

Beginning August 1, the university’s partnership with Lime will further expand options for getting around, as well as to and from, campus. As part of the agreement, Lime will provide more than two dozen bikes daily to the Danforth Campus, with another seven each at North Campus and West Campus, offering WashU students, faculty and staff a flexible, inexpensive and green way to travel.

It’s easy to ride: Simply download the Lime app for iPhone or Android, then follow the prompts to locate, unlock and ride a bike. Go as far as you like, on or off campus. To end your ride, park in an appropriate place (on campus, use bike racks) and push the red button on the rear wheel to lock the bike.

On-campus bike sharing adds one more option to the alternative transportation mix to make getting to work, class or elsewhere — on campus and around the city — easier and greener.

Lime offers a 50 percent discount to anyone with a valid .edu email address. Bike sharing on campus will launch in early July.

Find out more at the Bike Tune-up and Commuter Resource Fair August 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the DUC. The free event is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and Parking & Transportation Services. There will be free swag, bike tuneups, and information about alternative transportation options at the university, including Lime.