New bike rental program starting on campus

By Anton Trafimovich

To get more students biking on campus, a new bike rental program is starting this August.

Wildcat Cycle, a non-profit student start-up, together with the K-State club Bike State Collective is going to offer students and community members rentals and opportunities to fix up bicycles.

Kaleb Anderson, senior in electrical engineering and Wildcat Cycle president and CEO, said the terms of renting will be either semester/yearly, and also some couple day rentals as well.

“It really depends on the demand,” Anderson said.

Rental rates are still being determined. For now Wildcat Cycle is going to ask $40 for the semester so this price can cover the shop support, some parts, and paying wages to a staffed repairman. Also making repairs when the bikes are returned as needed.

As a non-profit project, Wildcat Cycle relies on sponsors help. They have just a few so far and are expecting to get more of the community be involved. They are also looking for monetary donations, in which individual and business name could be put on t-shirts, the bikes, around the garage and campus.

“Anything and everything will help to get us started!” Anderson said. “If you have a bike that is just sitting outside or in your garage that doesn’t get used, we would appreciate any donations!”

By late August they are looking to acquire around 40 donated or auctioned bikes, and fixing them up to great working condition. In the future, however, Wildcat Cycle would like to obtain higher quality, standardized bikes that would be more appealing to the renter.

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