March 4, 2014
Wildcat Wheels Expanding, Seeking Name for New Fleet
With a variety of car-free options readily available, it is easy to access campus and explore Lexington without a personal vehicle – and soon it will be even easier. During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library (WWBL) will nearly double its capacity by launching a program aimed at encouraging students who live in residence halls to leave their motor vehicles behind when they come to Lexington.
The new WWBL program will feature a fleet of 100 bicycles earmarked for students living in campus housing who sign a commitment not to bring a car to Lexington. The bicycles for this program will be 8-speed commuter bicycles equipped with fenders, a rear rack, a bell, and a lock. Participating students will be guaranteed the bicycle for the entire academic year. The addition of the new bicycles was made possible by a funding partnership between the Student Sustainability Council and Parking and Transportation Services. All participants will also receive a bicycle helmet, thanks to the UK HealthCare Level I Trauma Program.
Wildcat Wheels is turning to the UK community to help with naming this innovative program and a naming competition is now underway. Submissions will be accepted through Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at www.sustainability.uky.edu/NameTheFleet. A committee will narrow the submissions to three finalists, and online voting on the winning name will take place March 7-14, 2014. Only current UK students and employees will be permitted to submit names for consideration. Those who submitted the top three names will all receive a goody bag of UK Bicycling swag; in addition, the winner will also receive a free bicycle tune-up from Wildcat Wheels.
To learn more about Wildcat Wheels, please visit www.wildcatwheels.org. To learn more about bicycling on campus, visit www.uky.edu/pts/alternative-transportation_bicycle-information.
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