Students can hop on a bike for free as part of a trial of Massey’s Bike Share project, which is currently underway.
The idea was conceived by Massey University’s Sherry Shi, a current masters student who arrived to Wellington in February and found the city a friendly place for cycling.
She says back in China she would often share bikes with her friends and noticed that no bike sharing scheme existed in the capital.
When she noticed that Campus Co-Lab – a group on campus that works to enhance the student experience – was asking students for submit ideas, she put forward the idea of Massey adopting a shared bike scheme.
She brought her idea to Campus Co-Lab, where a small team gathered some information and tested the idea.
Funding of the bikes was then awarded through Massey University’s Pukeahu Ki Tua contestable funding round, while the ongoing operational costs and administration will be managed by the Massey University Recreation Department in Wellington.
Manager of Recreation and Sport, David Driscole, says two bikes – one of which is electric – are now available for use. Both are a step-through design, suitable for those wearing skirts and baggy pants.
Each bike comes with a waterproof bag to carry materials or computers around the city and they also come with locks so you can safely secure them at your destination, he says. Riders are also provided with a helmet and will soon have access to safety vests too.
Bikes are available for collection from Massey University Gym, Wellington and the free trial will last until June 30 next year.
For more information, head to www.massey.ac.nz/bikeshare