UK program provides free bicycles to reduce traffic

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The University of Kentucky is launching a pilot program to help reduce traffic on campus by giving free bicycles to students for the year.

The Big Blue Cycles program is the first of it's kind in Lexington. The program's goal is to simply reduce traffic congestion by reducing the amount of cars on campus.

More than 400 students signed up to participate, but only 160 were selected. In order to qualify, students that live on-campus had to pledge to leave their car at home

"It makes commuting ten times easier," says UK freshman Kaleb Barnes. "It makes it faster and it's not nearly as expensive as if you were to have a car on campus."

Students were given an 8-speed bike with fenders and a bell, a helmet and a lock free of charge.

"Bikes are by the far the easiest way to navigate this campus," says UK Sustainability Coordinator Shane Tedder. "By providing a really nice commuter bike to these 160 students I hope we're building a foundation to where they feel that a bike can always be a part of their transportation strategy"

The bicycles are due back on the last day of classes May 1st.

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