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UH-Downtown Is Offering More Bike Options For Students And Staff

There are now four new BCycle bike share stations on the University of Houston-Downtown campus. All have easy access to the nearby bayou trails.

  • New Bike Share at UHD along White Oak Bayou  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media )
    New Bike Share at UHD along White Oak Bayou (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media )
  • New Bike Share at UHD  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media )
    New Bike Share at UHD (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media )
  • The UHD campus is getting four BCycle bike share stations  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media )
    The UHD campus is getting four BCycle bike share stations (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media )
  • UHD President Dr. Juan Sanchez Munos (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media )
    UHD President Dr. Juan Sanchez Munos (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media )
  • Local officials and students cut the ribbon for new UHD BCycle bike share stations   (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media )
    Local officials and students cut the ribbon for new UHD BCycle bike share stations (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media )
  • White Oak Trail at UHD campus (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media )
    White Oak Trail at UHD campus (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media )
  • The White Oak Bayou Trail is used by many UHD students to commute to campus  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media )
    The White Oak Bayou Trail is used by many UHD students to commute to campus (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media )

The University of Houston-Downtown sits at the spot where Buffalo Bayou meets White Oak Bayou, meaning students who live nearby can use the bayou trails to walk or cycle to campus. To make that trip more convenient, BCycle has opened four new bike sharing stations on UHD’s campus, near the trails.

"It's not all about recreation," said Houston District H City Council Member Karla Cisneros, who was at the ribbon cutting for the new stations. "So many people that live in my district really rely on bicycles to get to work, to get to school, to get where they want to be."

University of Houston-Downtown President Dr. Juan Sanchez Munoz said that many UHD students travel to school from nearby neighborhoods, and that easy transportation options are crucial to their success.

"We are a majority first-generation college population," said Munoz. "We also have an older population than most traditional residential universities. The convenience and the cost-effectiveness of bicycle ridership is very important."

Munoz added that the new bike share facility will also help the school meet its environmental goals.

"I think anyone in higher ed will tell you that today's student population is very cognizant of climate issues," said Munoz. "Part of the BCycle program is to encourage not just ridership but fewer cars on the road, fewer emissions, a healthier student population. We think this is one step toward that goal."

The BCycle stations were funded through a federal grant with help from local sources. Riders will be able to use those bike share stations 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Discounted BCycle memberships are available for UHD students and staff.

The new UHD BCycle stations are now at the following locations:

• UHD's Jesse H. Jones Student Life Center
• Athletic Fields near White Oak Bayou
• Shea Street Building (Marilyn Davies College of Business) / Lot B
• Daly Street Parking Lot

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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