Bike share program now at ECU

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FARMVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A bike sharing company launched its services on ECU's campus Monday.

LimeBike- a California based company -- has expanded its bike sharing service to East Carolina University.

Bikes are equipped with GPS, wireless technology and self activating locks.

The company says the service will make it easier for students, faculty, and staff to get around the university's campus -- and reduce bicycle and parking congestion -- as well as help ECU reduce their carbon footprint.

Those wishing to use the bikes can download the LimeBike app.

LimeBike is also operating in Farmville.

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A new bike share system will soon be rolling onto ECU's Campus and into Farmville.

The bike share company LimeBike is already in big North Carolina cities like Charlotte and Durham, but Farmville will be the first small town in the country to have this program.

"We discovered there was a lot of enthusiasm from the residents for having this program," LimeBike Operations manager Daniel Hemme said.

Unlike other bike shares, these bikes are dockless, which means people can start and stop riding anywhere in town.

"That's why we say its a smart bike share system. So every bicycle is solar powered," Hemme said.

Starting March 12 people can use the LimeBike application on their phones to scan a bike's QR code and hit the streets.

"And when you're done you simply slide the red locking mechanism in the back and once it closes, your ride is over," Hemme said.

The idea to bring these yellow and green bikes to Farmville came from a local cyclist who says about 15 percent of the town does not have a car.

"Many of them depend upon walking and cycling, but it also adds to the quality of life here so people have a choice, they don't have to get in their car and drive." Cyclist Steven Hardy-Braz said.

The first ride on a LimeBike is free. After that it costs $1 every 30 minutes someone is using the bike.