New college program encourages bike transportation

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Parking lots are full and bike racks are bare at the University of Louisville. The university is trying to change that and they're serious, so serious they're offering to pay you to bike.

It's called the Earn A Bike program, an initiative from UofL to reduce the greenhouse emissions on and around campus.

They're asking people to turn in their parking permits and dust off their bike.

Kevin Jackson, A UofL student said, "I mean it is a good reason going green and stuff you can attract more students that way and I mean that's the way it's going now so it is a good idea."

The $400 can be used at any "Bike Courier" store, "Vic's classic bikes" or "Sheller's Fitness & Cycling,"  on anything from a brand new bicycle to helmets, to new tires.

"I'm an outdoorsy person to begin with and it's just a lot easier than walking I can wake up later and then go to class so it's a little bit easier on me," said Jackson.

There are about 400 vouchers to be given out a year.

Students who would like to participate in the program will need to complete an online application by August 24.

If selected students will have to take a class on bike safety.

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