UNC debuted a bike share Oct. 24, shifting up its commitment to its students and the state. The program has the potential to make a durable improvement to quality of life for those who live or work in the area and beyond — as long as the University can steer it away from a few potholes.
Tar Heel Bikes, as the program is called, is easy to use. Anyone can rent a bike after downloading the Social Bicycles mobile application and entering payment information.
For the basic plan, the latter is only needed if one exceeds the hour per day riding time limit.
In one board member’s experience, an hour was plenty of time for a day’s worth of quick trips around campus (since the clock stops once a bike is locked up at an official hub).
As for the bikes, they aren’t built for breaking records. Nevertheless, they’re sufficient for their role: they each have three gears, feel sturdy and are easy to check-in and out of hubs.