UI YMCA raising funds for bike share program

UI YMCA raising funds for bike share program

The University of Illinois YMCA will soon give you an opportunity to get around town a little easier, but the group needs your help to do it.

The Y and the UI College of Engineering are raising money to create a bike-sharing program called Y-Cycle.

The Y's Sustainability Coordinator Matt Rundquist said the group asked a class in the College of Engineering how people can reduce their dependence on oil, and together they came up with Y-Cycle.

Lundquist also said that the bike-share program got a grant of $2,000 from the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois to get the project up and running.  But, he said that even with the grant, Y-Cycle still needs another $1,000 to cover the costs of the bikes, locks, helmets and tools to maintain the bikes.  Lunquist hopes to raise the money by the beginning of February.

Lundquist said the biggest goal with the program is to reduce people's dependence on driving their cars.

Lundquist also said that the Y is still working out details, but the program will require bike renters to leave some form of ID, then they will then get a key to unlock a bike to use for a few hours.

For more information on how to donate to the bike share program, click here.