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Jennifer Ashley


This research project examined the feasibility of a bike share program as an effective form of alternative transportation at Bridgewater State University. Bike share models were developed, first, by brainstorming with key members of the BSU campus and surrounding community. Next, three New England colleges with bike share programs were explored to determine how they structured their programs and overcame their challenges. Lastly, the BSU community was surveyed to assess potential interest and usage in bike sharing. The results stated that 84% of total participants were interested in a bike share program with 50% reporting they would use it eleven or more times per year. Participants report 46% would use it for on-campus classes and commuting while 45% would use it for fitness and errands. There are two types of bike sharing programs that are feasible for BSU. One is geared toward commuters and on-campus commuting, which needs a higher turnover rate, and the other is a slower check out and longer usage.

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Jennifer Ashley is pursuing a Master’s degree in Athletic Training at BSU. Her research project was conducted when she was an undergraduate student with funding from The Center of Sustainability and the Adrian Tinsley Program. Jennifer presented this paper at the 2012 National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

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