Troy University students and community members have a new way to travel around town.
TROY has partnered with bike-and-scooter-share company Spin to offer dock-free bicycles and scooters at no cost to the University.
Using the equipment, which will be located at eight different locations around the Troy Campus, is as simple as downloading an app and scanning a bar code, with billing handled by Spin through the app.
This week, 115 bikes arrived on campus, with 20 scooters expected to be operational by Aug. 13.
“This plan arose from conversations with students saying they don’t have enough parking on campus,” said Derrick Brewster, Associate Dean of Student Services. “Our opinion is that it’s more of a convenience issue than a parking issue, so we did some research on bike-share programs and became interested in Spin. We’re excited to have this program operational.”
The bikes will be located at the Stadium Tower, Pace Hall, Trojan Dining, Trojan Village, Shackelford Hall, the Trojan Center, Bibb Graves Hall and the library.
Spin and TROY also plan to put five to 10 bikes in the downtown Troy area for public use.
Each bike is equipped with a GPS to track it. Users scan the bar codes on the bikes or scooters, then are charged accordingly.
The cost for students is 50 cents per 30 minutes of bike use, while the general public will pay $1 per 30 minutes.
Scooters will cost $1 to unlock and then 15 cents per minute of use.
All of the bikes and scooters are orange, all have a basket and all are labeled with a particular number.
“This should be a good addition to campus,” Brewster said. “We encourage students to use the bikes properly, park the bike in designated areas that will not prohibit individuals from walking. We don’t want to see bikes leaning against buildings or trees. We want users to operate in the Trojan way by being respectful with their treatment of the bikes and scooters.”
Spin will hire employees locally to oversee maintenance and any technical problems that may arise.