Students daunted by the long trek to class from South Campus may soon find an easier way.
Tar Heel Bikes, a two-year pilot program created by juniors Daniel Allen and Akhil Jariwala, provides free bikes for certain South Campus residents to check out for one-day rentals.
The program’s bike racks are located outside Hinton James, Craige and Ehringhaus Residence Halls. Thirty bikes are available for rentals, but only to the residents of these three halls.
But Allen said he hopes the program will expand to include bike racks across campus after the pilot is finished.
Allen and Jariwala created the bike share program to encourage sustainable alternative transportation on campus and around Chapel Hill.
“This program is pretty innovative in the sense that it’s closely linked to living,” Allen said.
The pilot is sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, the Department of Housing and Residential Education and several other organizations.
Grants and donations from the sponsors pay for the program, which costs about $40,000, Allen said.
The process for renting a bike is similar to checking out items from residence halls, said Heather Robertson, RHA president.