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Reggie Ride rolls out new bikes today

Jake Johnson / Photographer: Bikes are now available for rental and will be located outside the main entrance of the Student Fitness Center.

Jake Johnson / Photographer:
Bikes are now available for rental and will be located outside the main entrance of the Student Fitness Center.

As this prolonged winter seems to near an end, ISU’s campus will be introduced to the new and improved bike rental system known as Reggie Ride.

Beginning Monday, the bikes will be available for rental to anyone with a valid Student Fitness Center (SFC) membership.

Campus Recreation is using Reggie Ride as an opportunity to allow students to not only navigate campus but also the surrounding area.

Kirk Fallon, interim facility coordinator for Campus Recreation, said the bikes are located outside the main entrance doors of the SFC under a sign that reads “Reserved Area.”

“[Reggie Ride] highly encourages that everyone go out and explore the Bloomington-Normal community,” Fallon said. “Users can go wherever their hearts desire.”

Members of the SFC who wish to utilize Reggie Ride must visit the welcome desk and swipe their ID, Fallon said.

Campus Recreation expects the program to be a sucess.

“Obviously there’s still some snow on the ground, so people may be a little hesitant at first, but we hope that when it’s time for picnics and barbeques it will really pick up,” Fallon said.

The program will run through the end of the semester. Bikes will be put away for the season when the cold weather returns in the fall semester.

Student Sustainability Committee awarded the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) the funds necessary to purchase 30 new black Schwinn S1 Cruisers for the program.

Each bike comes equipped with a lock and lights. Helmets are not provided, but Campus Recreation strongly encourages Reggie Ride users to wear them.

The bikes can be checked out any time during the SFC’s hours of operation. Fallon said the bikes must be returned before the building closes for the day. There is a $10 late fee per day for unreturned bikes.

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