Bike shares, trail maps and a fix-it station encourages alternative transportation

Bike trail maps (KHGI)

Sustaining our natural resources. It is an effort Central Community College in Grand Island works towards every day.

With help from a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska wellness grant, the college now has a free bike share program.

"It's a healthy option for students and staff and one more bike on the path means one like car on the road," said CCC environmental sustainability director, Ben Newton. "People are not commuting, they're finding healthier options and we look at it as a way to not only provide recreation but also transportation."

There are five bikes available to be checked out using the free app. So far, there have been 53 rentals since April.

"I'm really excited about the bike share program because it's easily accessible for students to use the bikes," said student and intern, Leah Sooter. "They can come through the park and they can bike through all the way to Hall County Park and even to downtown Grand Island."

Newly installed maps make this a little easier for new riders.

"The purpose is to help people navigate the trails and kind of have an idea of different destinations that they can access along the trial," said Amy Roberts, health educator, Central District Health Department. "So, being able to use the trails to get to school get to work and then just their daily errands."

If you encounter a break–down along the way, a new do–it–yourself, fix–it station is now available.

"You go to that website, and any of the basic repairs that you need there's little videos that show you, if you don't know how to make your own repairs, you can watch the video while you're on the trail if you need it," said Newton.

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