B-Cycle program explored by Association of Student Representatives

The Association of Student Representatives (ASR) is looking to bring the citywide program, B-Cycle, to Trinity University in the near future. The rental bike system has over 52 stations throughout San Antonio, allowing users to check out bikes at one station and return them to whatever station they would like.

The rental system is looking to cater to students, allowing them to take a bike from campus, and ride it all over the city, from the nearby zoo to downtown attractions. Justin Adler, senior and ASR president, said that ASR hopes to offer this program to students who feel like they need a way to get around, but lack other means to do so.

“The whole idea was that we have a lot of students without cars, and international students, and my whole goal was to get that option for people as a form of exercise or to get food or groceries, among other things,” Adler said.

While ASR is hammering out the details of various issues, including cost, they are hoping for a discount price for students. If it is received well, Adler stated, then hopefully it can be lowered even further, making it an attractive option for students.

“It would be a $60 year pass, but we are looking to get a student discount to cut the price down a bit,” Adler said. “That includes unlimited rides throughout San Antonio for an hour timeline.”

The program is set to be installed in early 2014, possibly January or February, depending on student opinion.

To David Tuttle,  associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, the program is something for ASR and the student body to handle, but is also something he supports.

“I’ve pretty much deferred all of it to ASR, as it will primarily be for the students to use it,” Tuttle said. “I support anything that helps our students have more mobility and being able to get from point A to point B around the city.”

To many students, the program is looking quite attractive in form, although there are some doubts over implementation.

Junior Jafer Ali Hooda said that although the plan is something many students may want, he is unsure of the possible use for the whole city.

“I think it is something that is definitely beneficial to the student body if it’s something we want and really know how to use,” Hooda said. “However, I think it depends on how it is implemented. If there are stations around campus, it can, at the very least, be used to get around campus or places nearby.”

To other students, however, the opportunity to explore and traverse the city at large is attractive.

To sophomore Cole Evans, the B-Cycle program would be a positive and efficient way for students to get around the city.

“I feel that this is a great way to provide students with a cheap and viable mode of transportation so they can explore San Antonio and experience everything it has to offer,” Evans said.

Along the same lines, students recognize the need for those without transportation to have the opportunity to successfully and cost-effectively roam San Antonio.

“A lot of students, especially in the case of incoming freshmen, do not have access to a car, and existing services such as the Hertz rental cars or taxi services are often considered too expensive or inconvenient,” Evans said.

ASR is looking to gauge student opinion about the program soon.

“We are going to send out a survey within the next week, and if there is more support than there is negativity, then we will sign on for one station, hopefully for early January or February,” Adler said.