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Bike-sharing program at NCSU operates on finders users rule

Posted September 1
Updated September 7

— Hundreds of green bicycles left scattered across the campus of North Carolina State University are exactly where they're supposed to be, according to the people behind a new bike-sharing program.

While most bike-sharing programs keep bikes at kiosks for people to rent for trips between those stations, LimeBike leaves its bicycles wherever they are needed.

"You just ride it around campus, put the kickstand down wherever you want to, preferably at a bike rack, and you can just leave it there," said Sarah Williams, transportation demand management program manager at N.C. State.

To use one of the 300 LimeBikes on campus, download an app for your smartphone and scan the QR code on a bike to unlock it. The bikes cost 50 cents each half-hour for students, faculty and staff and $1 per half-hour for everyone else.

"Once you're done, lock the bike back when you're finished. Push the red slider down," said Matt Phillips, the local manager for LimeBike.

If you don't lock the bike up when you're done, you get charged extra, and LimeBike staffers have to track it down, Phillips said.

The company studies usage patterns and moves the bikes where they're most needed, he said. The app also shows where to find the nearest available bike.

Will Pratt, who was riding a LimeBike through the Brickyard on a recent day, said he likes the convenience the program offers.

"They're right around my apartment, so I click the QR code on it, and I can get to class way quicker," Pratt said.

Williams said more LimeBikes might be on the way if the pilot project proves successful.

"We just want to see more people riding bikes," she said.

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