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Ole Miss Bike Sharing Program Attempts to Alleviate Parking Issues

All bikes in the SocBi network share the same Ole Miss look. Photo by Walter Lyle

Last week, Ole Miss launched their network of Social Bikes (SocBi for short) on campus. SocBi is a bicycle sharing program that allows students to get from point A to point B quicker. 
The app uses your phone’s location to show you nearby racks, and how many bikes are available for use.

Photo by Walter Lyle

What makes this program unique is the app. Each bike is equipped with a keypad and GPS system that all runs through the mobile app. Download the app, create an account with an Ole Miss email, and you’re ready to zoom around campus.
The app assigns you with an account number, and then you pick your own PIN. It’s as easy as walking up to a bike, typing in your account number and PIN, and the bike unlocks. The bike can be ridden around for 120 minutes a day before overage charges go into effect. The bike can be returned and locked to any of 6 racks around campus.
Photo by Walter Lyle

The Oxford community also has access to this program via one rack on The Square, but it is separate from the campus system; an Ole Miss email cannot be used to access it.
The SocBi network at Ole Miss currently has rack locations at the Student Union, Luckyday Residential College, Lamar Hall, Minor Hall, the Ole Miss Bike Shop, and the Robert C. Khayat Law School.

Walter Lyle is the Social Media Editor for HottyToddy.com. He can be reached at walter.lyle@hottytoddy.com.

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