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Houston BCycle Expands to Texas Southern University with Five New Stations
News Release
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

TSU Students and Staff Now Connected to 82-Station Bike Share Network Across Houston

Houston – Texas Southern University now hosts five Houston BCycle stations at its Third Ward campus. The local bike share organization partnered with TSU staff to determine the ideal locations: Student Life Center - East, Student Life Center - West, Student Recreation Center, University Towers and University Courtyard Apartments.

Students and staff will now be able to make short trips on campus and connect to Houston BCycle’s larger, 82-station network across the city. With stations at University of Houston and in nearby neighborhoods like Downtown, Midtown, East End, and the Museum District, Houston BCycle and TSU hope to encourage use of the bikes in place of single-occupant car trips.

“We’re absolutely honored to bring bike sharing to TSU’s campus, especially considering the bike lane upgrades that Mayor Turner and Commissioner Ellis are helping fund in the area,” said Beth Martin, Executive Director of Houston Bike Share, the 501(c)3 nonprofit that operates Houston BCycle. “We know this mini-network will provide a fun, healthy, sustainable and affordable way for students and staff to get around on campus and connect to the rest of the Houston BCycle network with stations throughout the city.”

Commissioner Rodney Ellis, a vocal and longtime supporter of the benefits of bike transit, helped provide funding for the five new stations at TSU.

“As a proud alumnus of Texas Southern, I couldn’t be happier about working with Houston BCycle to bring more safe, affordable transportation choices to the TSU community,” said Commissioner Ellis. “For many Houstonians, especially students, owning and maintaining a car can be a hardship. Expanding BCycle to TSU will improve the quality of life for everyone on campus and give more people the freedom to travel throughout the city in an affordable and environmentally conscious way.”

In a push for equity and affordability, Houston BCycle offers low-cost membership plans and discounted rates for those working for and pursuing higher education. For $5.00 per month, TSU students and staff will get unlimited rides throughout the entire Houston BCycle system. For members, each ride is covered for up to an hour and overage fees are $3 per 30 minutes.

Even for those without access to the student/staff university discount, Houston BCycle is just $9.00 per month, making it the cheapest form of public transit in Houston. Anyone can purchase a membership in minutes at houstonbcycle.com and start improving their commute.

“TSU is committed to providing convenient, fun and healthy options for our students, staff and faculty members,” said TSU President Dr. Austin A. Lane. “We’d like to thank Commissioner Ellis, TSU Student Regent Kennard Jones, and Houston BCycle for making this happen. Given our proximity to the Columbia Tap Rail-Trail, we look forward to seeing the red bikes rolling in, out and around our beautiful campus.”

ABOUT HOUSTON BCYCLE

Houston BCycle currently provides bike share services for 82 stations and 475 bikes across multiple Central Houston neighborhoods. The system is operated by Houston Bike Share, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to provide equitable access to bike share that fosters recreation, mobility and personal wellness. Learn more at houstonbcycle.com.

ABOUT TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Texas Southern University (TSU) honors our designation as a special-purpose institution for urban programming and research. TSU is a comprehensive university providing higher education access to the nation’s underserved communities. TSU’s academic and research programs address critical urban issues and prepares its diverse student population to become a force for positive change in a global society. TSU offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs and concentrations – bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees – organized into 10 colleges and schools on a 150-acre campus nestled in the heart of Houston’s historic Third Ward. The University’s enrollment has a population of more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate-school academic candidates. Texas Southern has been a distinguished educational pioneer since 1927, and the University has become one of the most diverse and respected institutions in Texas. TSU has positioned itself as a proactive leader in educating underserved students and many who are the first in their family to attend college. Visit tsu.edu for more information.

 




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