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Tuskegee University, Regions Bank launch campus bike share program

Published: Sep. 1, 2015 at 5:33 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 10, 2015 at 6:33 PM CST
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Tuskegee University officials announce the new bike share program, free to students. (Source:...
Tuskegee University officials announce the new bike share program, free to students. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
The program is being dubbed 'Skegee Bike Share. Students can check out a bike for up to eight...
The program is being dubbed 'Skegee Bike Share. Students can check out a bike for up to eight hours at a time at no charge. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

TUSKEGEE, AL (WSFA) - Tuskegee University launched a new bicycle program Tuesday in partnership with Regions Bank. The program aims to provide bikes to students through a free check-out system, so they can run errands, get to class, or just get some exercise.

Regions donated 10 bikes to start the program and leaders showed them off at a morning kickoff event at the Tompkins Hall patio.

"One of many things we want to do, is revolve all of our initiatives around our students," said Brian Johnson, President of Tuskegee University. "We don't want to simply restrict that to the classroom, although we want to impact that as well. We want to impact their graduate life, but we also want to impact their health and their wellness."

President Johnson said one area where the university could impact students' health was through the bike share program. The university's president is fond of the idea, personally. "I'm a biker," Johnson said.

The University says this is the first part of a developing friendship with Regions Bank.

"We believe in the mission of Tuskegee University, and are proud of the impact that Tuskegee University has in our community," said Sean Johnson, Central Alabama Area President of Regions Bank. "We are excited to have the opportunity to sponsor the Bike Share Program at Tuskegee University."

The bikes are available to students who stop by the Office of Student Life and Development in Suite 400 of Tompkins Hall. The two-wheelers can be checked out in 8-hour increments.

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