Paying to Pedal at UK

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Riding a bike is a popular way to get around, but soon students and employees at the University of Kentucky will have to pay a fee to do just that.

The way you choose to get to class could soon have a price. In the past, you've only had to pay to park at the University of Kentucky.

"Parking was way to expensive", says Mitchell Skees, a UK student.

So some students found a way to avoid buying a parking pass.

"I started riding a bike so I could afford it", says Mitchell Skees.

"Bikes are a great way to get around", says Katie Brandewie, a UK student.

Now students and staff will have to pay to pedal.

"I never expected a pass for bikers", says Katie Brandewie.

"That's to park on the bike racks?", asked Nithin Suresh, a UK student.

"Another way to make money I guess", Brian Rose says.

"Nobody's gonna like it", says Dawn Bailey.

The university is excited about the plan. Stuart Kearns, the Associate Director of Transportation, says the one-time $15.00 pass will go toward promoting cycling on campus.

"Bike racks, spot improvements, possible some more lanes, different things like that", says Stuart Kearns.

With ridership already up 37 percent more than it was ten years ago, university officials say that's important.

"We do expect some growth. We want to be ready for that growth", says Kearns.

Still, some students believe there's no need for biking improvements on campus.

"There's vacant spots! We don't need anymore bike racks", says student, Mitchell Skees.

University officials say the $15,000 to $20,000 a year the passes will bring in will make for a smoother ride for students.

Stuart Kearns says they would like to hear from students and faculty on ways to use the money to improve cycling on campus. You can give them a call at 859-257-2727.

As for the bike pass, it will be a sticker. You can begin purchasing them in July. They will officially be enforced next March.

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  • by viewer on Apr 12, 2009 at 11:05 PM
    whats obama got to do with that miser lee tood
  • by roger Location: mt sterling on Apr 12, 2009 at 08:38 AM
    why not cut the coachs pay and you want have to worrie about money
  • by Parent Location: Pikeville Ky on Apr 11, 2009 at 07:58 PM
    With tuition increases how are these students going to live? This is a crazy idea to charge for bicycling on campus..I still say the board needs to clean house with Dr. Lee Todd.. I am glad my son has graduated and if I had known of all the problems I would have encouraged him to go somewhere else... People should look closely at Pikeville College in Pikeville Ky.. They really take care of their students and you get a great education....
  • by grumpy on Apr 11, 2009 at 07:15 PM
    The basket ball money may be seperate but they are still soaking the students every way they can I think the boosterers should worry about how education is at the university and forget about the ball team its not a class
  • by Jeannie Location: Grayson on Apr 11, 2009 at 11:32 AM
    Blame Obama! Seems like anything and everything that anyone or everyone doesn't like is somehow, through six degrees of relation, funneled toward Obama - Obama being the most proximate cause. Just keep it up, please. The more you speak out, the more obvious the insanity. Bikers should protest - yes, protest!!! - the true American way. UK's going to charge a fee to do an activity that is meant to encourage an activity; that doesn't make any sense at all (feels like deja vu (Bush Admin.) = analogous to lowering taxes increases revenue, Not! UK needs to lay off bike riders and quit trying to pay the coach's salary by increasing student fees.
  • by Impressed Location: Lexington on Apr 11, 2009 at 10:19 AM
    I'm so impressed and, admittedly shocked, to see so many upset at this kind of nonsense. It's cool to see there are actually people here in Kentucky (unfortunately, not enough) who actually care about academics. Compare the number of comments on this story (shocking and upsetting) with the number of comments on any article involving the new coach.
  • by Carol Location: Williamsburg on Apr 10, 2009 at 08:18 PM
    UK should be ashamed to propose this fee for students riding their bikes. The truth of the matter is that sports mean so much more to the UK officials than their academics...It's an insult to force those who ride bikes (probably because they can't afford to have a vehicle on campus and pay the ever-increasing tuition at the same time) pay a fee...The focus should be on academics, and I feel insulted even though my son has a vehicle on campus, doesn't ride a bike...Get a grip, Todd and Barnhart...and get over thinking KY wants to help you pay an outrageous salary to your new basketball coach. Get your priorities straight, because we want our kids to succeed in life....that includes being able to afford to go to college. And, it doesn't have to be college at UK--there are many excellent colleges that our scholars can go to. So, don't think you are doing KY any favor by paying your new coach such an outrageous price to come to coach your basketball team.
  • by Sheena Location: Virginia Beach on Apr 10, 2009 at 06:37 PM
    I understand there are different "pots" of money: different departments on campus, etc. I also KNOW there is a way to trasfer money from one "department" to another...and if one department wanted to they could "MAKE IT HAPPEN"
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Apr 10, 2009 at 08:48 AM
    They are gonna use the money to "promote cycling" on campus? Looks like it doesn't need promotion to me...seems to be doing okay without it. But, of couse the learned elites of the university know so much more than the unwashed mass of students.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2009 at 08:16 AM
    It is healthy & isn't harming the enviroment--so, why would U.K. want to discourage biking? Unless, they are trying to make more money to over-pay coaches.


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