UNC's campus bike-share program, Tar Heel Bikes, will end on May 31. The University plans to announce a new service with electric-assist bikes this fall.
The University bike-share initiative was the result of UNC Transportation and Parking's Five-Year Plan through the Advisory Committee on Transportation and Parking, according to UNC Media Relations.
This committee is made up of undergraduate and graduate/professional students, and it advises on sustainable and affordable campus transportation access.
The current bike-share provider for Tar Heel Bikes is Gotcha Powered by Bolt. UNC's contract with the vendor ends on May 31, and the University is currently working with Chapel Hill and Carrboro to select a new vendor.
"Student representatives from the ACT were given the opportunity to provide feedback on proposals as part of the selection process," UNC Media Relations said in an email.
The Tar Heel Bikes program started in October 2017 and now has over 13,000 members.
Rising junior Josh Van Mater said this past semester he used the campus bikes almost every day while living on South Campus.
"It made sense, especially since the whole way back is downhill from central campus," Van Mater said. "Why not, when you don't have to pedal? You just coast down the hill."
He said using the bikes allowed him to sleep for an extra ten minutes since they are faster than walking to class.