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Texas A&M Introduces Its New Bicycle Rental Company

Texas A&M students and employees are learning more about the university’s new rental bicycle company.

VeoRide, which was created in March of last year by two students at Purdue University in Indiana, is taking over for OFO.

The city of College Station reports staff is working on a permit for VeoRide to operate off campus.

The new vendor operates on 20 other campuses and communities…including Austin, San Marcos, Tyler, Denton, and the University of Arkansas.

Texas A&M Transportation Services expects uninterrupted service in the transition from OFO to VeoRide.

News release from Texas A&M Transportation Services:

Texas A&M University Transportation Services will transition from its current bike share system to a new vendor in January 2019. The department will partner with VeoRide, a micro-mobility share company, to continue providing dockless bike share service on campus.

“Texas A&M University will have the largest on-campus micro-mobility share program in U.S., and VeoRide is proud to provide the service and various fleet options to students and residents,” said Candice Xie, CEO of VeoRide. “We will be a great partner for the community.”

VeoRide operates on 20 other campuses and communities around the United States, including multiple markets in Texas. Officials said they expect a seamless transition from the previous provider with a similar number of bikes available for rent either by a pay-as-you-go arrangement or through a membership plan.

An information and resource table will be set up in the Memorial Student Center (MSC) beginning Monday, Nov. 26, through Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to answer questions about the new vendor. A VeoRide bike will also be on display.

VeoRide is expected to provide operational enhancements to the current bike share program of which the details are still being finalized. VeoRide has begun the permit application process with the City of College Station.

On-campus bike share was introduced to the Texas A&M campus community in March and has delivered 2,300 bikes with more than 39,500 registered users. Since the launch of the bike share program more than 330,000 miles have been logged on over 500,000 rides taken by customers.

Transportation Services Associate Vice President Peter Lange said bike share has been widely accepted by the community.

“We are excited to partner with VeoRide to continue the bike share program at Texas A&M,” Lange said. “We are pleased that we can continue to offer sustainable modes of travel to the campus community.”

Transportation Services is working through the transition details and expects uninterrupted service to the bike share program. Micro-mobility refers to additional options that will become available.

As information becomes available, a campaign to communicate the details about how to switch to the new vendor will be made available to the campus community. Regular updates will be posted to http://transport.tamu.edu/bikeshare. VeoRide will hire a fleet manager and fleet technician for this market. Those interested can find more information at https://veoride.applytojob.com/apply.

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Posted by on Nov 27 2018. Filed under Featured Stories, Local News for Newsletter, News.
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