Posted on Apr 19, 2018
in Campus News and News
KU Parking & Transit has partnered with VeoRide to launch KU Bike Share, a new program that allows the KU and Lawrence community to rent a bicycle using a smartphone.
Renting is simple: Find the nearest available bike using the VeoRide app, and scan the bike’s QR code to unlock it. After your ride, park at any bike rack on campus and push a slider down on the bike to lock it. Rides are only 50 cents per 15 minutes, with daily, monthly and yearly rates available.
The Bike Share program comes as a result of the KU Bicycle Advisory Committee, a campus group that had input from KU Parking and Transit, Student Housing, the Center for Sustainability, and the city of Lawrence.
“The committee is a group of stakeholders across campus that have been working on bikeability and bike infrastructure on campus since we released a campus bike plan in 2016,” said Kim Criner, education and outreach coordinator at the KU Center for Sustainability. “We really tried to have all the voices at the table that are interested in what we’re doing.”
And don’t worry: The people in charge have thought all about the hills. The committee made sure to get bikes with seven gears. VeoRide can designate bikes in-app as free-to-ride “lucky bikes,” which provides a free ride in exchange for getting the bike back to a central location. VeoRide also hired local staff to maintain the bikes and move them back up the Hill as needed.
Currently, all bike rides must conclude on campus. However, discussions with the city of Lawrence are in the works to allow riders to leave bikes downtown.
Each VeoRide bike includes instructions in the front basket
Hear Candice Xie, co-founder of VeoRide, explain how the bike sharing program works.
The sign in the Kansas Union said “Welcome Future Jayhawks,” but scene looked like something from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
On May 4th, fans of the Star Wars franchise come out in force to celebrate the date that has become known across the universe as “Star Wars Day” (as in “May the fourth be with you“). Jayhawks are no exception, of course, as KU students, alumni, faculty and staff all joined in the fun last week when several characters from the original and prequel trilogies made an impromptu appearance at the Kansas Union in anticipation of the big day.
The visit may have been the will of the force, destiny or an annual promotion sponsored by KU Dining Services. A clever poster campaign ran throughout the week, and other KU departments even got into act. The KU Parking Department took a lighthearted approach to the dark side by introducing “Park Vader” in Twitter posts (@parkingku), including this ominous Twitpic: “I find your lack of permit disturbing.”
Alumni know that the force runs strong in the KU family. Veteran voice actor Tom Kane, c’85, voiced Jedi Master Yoda in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, in addition to many other Star Wars characters. We featured an interview with Kane on this blog in January. And Kari Wahlgren, c’99, appeared in our Valentine’s Day feature story about her Oscar-winning project Paperman, but she too has voiced roles in the Star Wars expanded universe of games, including Knights of the Old Republic and the Force Unleashed.
Visitors on campus stopped to have their pictures taken with the costumed clones, whether to impress their kids—as KU Director of Admissions Lisa Pinamonti Kress did while passing through the union—or because it’s not everyday you get to see Boba and Jango Fett side by side (am I right fellow geeks?). More pics from previous Star Wars Day events on campus can be found on the KU Dining Facebook event page. So, until next year, may the force be with you. Always.