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WKU Big Red Bikes

* The Big Red Bikes program is no longer in service as of Summer 2018. In collaboration with WKU Parking and Transportation, WKU hopes to implement a contracted bike share program in the Fall 2018 semester. 

Big Red Bikes was founded by students in 2007. The purpose of the WKU Big Red Bikes program was to provide free, alternative transportation to WKU students, faculty, and staff. Using repurposed bikes that were donated or abandoned, the program was able to grow their fleet to nearly 70 bikes. Housed within the Office of Sustainability, Big Red Bikes was able to provide sustainable transportation to WKU for over 10 years.


Program History 

  • In 2011, the WKU Big Red Bikes program received the Paula Nye Memorial Education Grant from the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeways Commission with funds generated from the “Share the Road” license plates, which allowed for significant upgrade to the mechanic shop and expansion of the program. The grant was written by WKU Alum and past Big Red Bikes Coordinator, Nick Asher. 
  • In 2013, Big Red Bikes received a second grant from the Paula Nye Memorial Education Fund from the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeways Commision. Funds are generated from the "Share the Road" licence plates.  This grant was used for expanding the mechanic shop, getting awareness out about bicycling, and installing two fix-it bike stations on campus.  The grant was written by previous Big Red Bikes Coordinator, Madonna L. May. 

       *Additionally, the program received funding from the Parents Advisory CouncilDepartment of Parking and Transportation and the Outdoor Recreation and Activities Center.









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Contact  at: bikes@wku.edu 


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