Kent State University has launched a new bike-sharing program called FlashFleet. The program will provide Kent State students, faculty and staff with a new form of transportation and recreation throughout the campus.
Flashfleet will be available at the following locations: Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Kent Student Center, Dunbar Hall Area Desk, Twin Towers Area Desk, Tri-Towers Area Desk and the Stopher Hall Area Desk. Users will be able to borrow bikes, helmets and locks on a daily basis from 8 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. All equipment must be returned to its point of origin before closing. The program is tentatively scheduled to operate until Oct. 31, depending on weather. It will reopen in the spring after the last of the winter storms.
Students, faculty and staff simply need to visit one of six designated locations on campus to sign out a bike using their FLASHcard. Fees are only assessed if equipment is returned late, damaged or not at all. Guests, with a valid driver’s license, are also allowed to participate in the program as long as a student or staff member assumes liability. Flashfleet, a second-generation bike share system, was developed from concerns over rising fuel costs, traffic congestion across campus, consistent enrollment increases each semester, physical fitness and a greater consciousness about climate change.
All riders will receive a brochure with biking safety tips, rules and regulations for the program and a map detailing local bike trails in the area. To further encourage riders, the Department of Recreational Services is implementing a contest during which one lucky winner will receive their very own Trek 7000 Hybrid Bike on Earth Day, Apr. 22, 2011. All those who participate in the program will be entered into the contest.
The Department of Recreational Services at Kent State University is proud to provide the students, faculty and staff of Kent State University and members of the surrounding community with outstanding recreational, fitness and wellness opportunities. For more information about Flashfleet, please call the Department of Recreational Services at 330-672-2REC, visit us online at www.kent.edu/flashfleet or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.