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New bike share program spreading across KU campus

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A new bike share program is putting KU on the map. The VeoRide bikes are the first dock-less bicycles in Kansas. (KCTV5) A new bike share program is putting KU on the map. The VeoRide bikes are the first dock-less bicycles in Kansas. (KCTV5)
LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) -

Students at the University of Kansas are finding an easier time getting around Lawrence.

A new bike share program is putting KU on the map. The VeoRide bikes are the first dock-less bicycles in Kansas. This means you don’t have to find a station to check one in our out.

The lights are solar powered, they weigh less than your average bike and have a GPS tracker.

To check out a bike, it takes no longer than three seconds. All you need to do is download the VeoRide app, scan to unlock, and you’re ready to hit the road.

When you’re done riding, you drop it off at any nearby bike rack.

"I’ve always wanted to get one on campus, but I never really committed to buying a bike just for my undergrad years. So it’s really cool that we have the opportunity to have bikes on campus now," senior Tony Wagler said.

The idea originated when Candice Xie and Edwin Tan were at Purdue University.

"The parking is hard. Walking takes time and the bus always needs to collaborate with your schedule," Xie said.

After graduation, they both decided to quit their full-time jobs and focused on creating dockless bicycles

"From my heart, I wanted to try that and I said, ‘Why not?’ and ‘why not’ were the key words," Tan said.

The ride will cost you 50 cents for 15 minutes or $48.99 for the year. Right now, there are 180 bicycles on campus. The goal is to have 500 for all of Lawrence.

"I can't wait until they expand to all of Lawrence. It’s great they’re starting on The Hill, and I'm looking forward to taking a ride today," bike rider Eric Kirkendall said.

Bike rides will be free for the remainder of April. You’ll have to pay to use the bikes starting in May.

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