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About the Program

The Department of Recreational Services, in collaboration with the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, the Office of the Provost and the Undergraduate Student Government are pleased to offer this new bike sharing initiative to the Kent State University community.

Bike sharing is a unique concept that enables multiple users to borrow bikes for short-term use. Our mission is to provide affordable, easily accessible and environmentally sustainable transportation throughout Kent State.

By affordable, we mean free! Students, faculty and staff simply need to visit one of six designated locations on campus to sign out a bike using their Flashcard. Guests, who are at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license, are also allowed to participate in the program as long as the student or staff member assumes liability.

Flashfleet, a second-generation bike share system, was developed from concerns over rising fuel costs, traffic congestion across campus, consistent enrollment increases each semester, physical fitness and a greater consciousness about climate change.

With the 2010-11 school year as its inaugural season, Flashfleet is the first step in creating a heightened 
awareness of the bike culture on campus. The success of 
this year and the research collected will be used to 
determine future program endeavors.