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September 25, 2023

By Fatima Magana '22

ALLIANCE- The sun is still shining, though the hot summer days are coming to an end. The days are getting chillier, shorter, yet the evenings are perfect to take a stroll through campus and get in a few minutes of exercise. The University of Mount Union has implemented “RaidersRide,” a program that offers bicycles to students who wish to explore campus and the Alliance area, but do not have a mode of transportation.

Carla Sarratt, director of libraries at Mount Union worked alongside the Leadership Mount Union cohort comprised of Diana Bondoni, Jody Bryan, Aimee Huter, Chris Pontius, Kathleen Thomas, Hans Tritico, and Andrea Williams to carry out the project that would benefit students beginning this Fall.

“There are four bicycles, two purple and two white, on campus that students can check out for 24 hours at the library,” said Sarratt. “The bikes will be available for use until November before the weather begins to get colder.”

Elizabeth Nutter '24, accounting major

When checking out a bike, you will stop by the library located in the Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center (KHIC) and will follow the same steps as if you were checking out a hammock.

During the time allotted for use, you can ride the bike anywhere in town - run errands at the grocery store, explore Alliance, dine out with friends, or simply ride through campus admiring its beauty. Upon the end of the time you checked out the bike, you get a one-hour grace period to return the bike, helmet, and lock to the library.

To learn more about this new method of transportation at Mount Union, visit RaidersRide FAQs