Bikes at Massey
To create a shared bike system based at Massey for students and even the wider community to use to get around the city.
The Bikes at Massey team have been exploring different models of bike sharing in New Zealand. So far they have come across two models that could be adopted by Massey for the students:
1. UCSA borrow-a-bike
With a fleet of 10 bikes the students' association at the University of Canterbury have a system to allow students come borrow bikes from them for the day until 5pm. The main takings from discussions with UCSA is:
2. Next bikes (bike sharing system, use in Christchurch & Auckland)
This is a bike sharing system where there is scalability of technology for the system depending on the budget of the provider. The renting by the bike users would be done via Next bike app or phone centres, which will allow students to unlock bikes from certain locations on the campus.
Main takings from Next Bike:
Next steps for Bikes at Massey
Next the project participants will be sending out a survey to students in the first week of semester break to gather data on how will the bikes be used, what for, what height the riders will be, and if Massey students are interested in seeing this implemented on the campus.
About the project
Bike sharing systems are get more and more popular around the world. With the ease of apps people can rent bikes all over cities to get around. This project aims to provide something similar to these bike sharing models here, at Massey University Wellington. This will enable our staff and students to attend meetings or get supplies from the inner city faster. The only problem we foresee is Wellington's famous weather.