Seeking Sustainability –

Thompson Rivers University (TRU), located in Kamloops, BC, was seeking a transportation solution to address both campus mobility and parking issues. Hard winter months and that fact that TRU’s campus is located on top of a hillside, presented some challenges for TRU to host a traditional bike share program.

The Campus Sustainability Office tackled this challenge by purchasing 112 electric bikes, of varying models, for a campus bike share program through a local partnership program with bike shops. The multi-faceted program is comprised of campus bike share and an individual ownership program. For the ownership program, TRU offers to finance the purchase of an E-Bike to faculty members to encourage them to “ditch the car” and ride to work.

https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/news/tru-launches-e-bike-rental-program-to-ease-parking-woes-1.23404067

TapBike Solutions provides adaptable technology

TapBike Solutions provides adaptable dockless bike share technology which converts standard bikes, including E-Bikes, to smart share or rental bikes. The conversion is done by mounting a Bluetooth wheel locking system, controlled by the TapBike App, to the bike. The wheel locking system contains “lock-to” technology which allows for bikes to be secured to bike parking racks or street furniture.

A unique program calls for a unique solution

Although TRU’s initial launch of a library bike share program was successful, there was a desire for on-demand access and data tracking for the existing E-Bike share fleet. To address the program desires, TRU licensed the TapBike bike sharing platform, which includes Bluetooth wheel locks, controlled by the TapBike App, and a dedicated operator fleet management environment.

Click here to learn more about TapBike’s Operator Licensing Program;

https://tapbike.com/bike-share-technology/

Within hours of the first installation of the TapBike system  onto a TRU bike, the campus E-Bike fleet was converted to a smart bike share fleet.  Happy riding TRU!

Increasing campus sustainability was one of the top five 2014-2019 strategic priorities for TRU. Coinciding with the priorities, a strategic plan was developed based on the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, & Rating System (STARS) by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). TRU was named a STARS Platinum institution by AASHE in 2018, making the university the first institution in Canada and the first master’s-designating institution to achieve this impressive distinction.

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