Loaner bike programs expanding on Missouri college campuses

Drury University expands, UMKC sees shift from driving, and Missouri State gears up. 

A recent News-Leader article notes the success of the first semester of Drury University's loaner bike program where 40 bikes are available for students to check out each semester.   Fall semester was so successful that additional bikes have been donated by community members in Springfield. The same story also mentions that across town Missouri State University is gearing up for similar program to start in spring semester.  Both loaner bike programs are financed by student sustainability fees.

The  University of Missouri-Kansas City also has a popular loaner bike program that has inspired more bicycling across the entire campus.  UMKC counts a five-fold increase in bikes on campus. The Clean Commute program not only provides 50-plus bikes, but also bike racks, a campus bike map, and a central bike shop for maintenance. The university recently received a grant to expand the program with bike safety education and skills classes.

All three universities are using bicycling to promote more sustainibile transportation options, increase student health, and reduce demand for on-campus automobile parking. Is your campus promoting bicycling?  Leave a comment below to let us know.

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