Students who choose to donate their bikes at the end of spring semester can have a parking citation forgiven.
Texas Tech University Transportation & Parking Services' Bikes for Cites campaign recently donated 11 bicycles to the Lubbock Police Department's (LPD) Homeless Outreach Team (HOT). The Bikes for Cites program is in its second year and allows students the opportunity to have a parking citation dismissed in return for donating their bicycles.
"Bikes for Cites offers our students a way to have a citation dismissed by providing their used bicycle they no longer need or plan on using," said Stacy Stockard, media relations coordinator for Transportation & Parking Services.
In the program's inaugural year, four bikes were donated to Grace Campus. This year, bikes were given to the LPD HOT, which donates bikes to homeless individuals in Lubbock who can provide proof of employment.
Stockard said the program is a way to help the community while also reducing theft and the amount of bikes Transportation & Parking Services gathers during abandoned bicycle collections.
The program occurs during spring finals and dates are listed on Transportation & Parking Services website as they are set. Bikes may be dropped off at the department's office or students may set up an on-campus pickup.
"Reliable transportation is an extremely important need for everyone," Stockard said. "Thanks to our students' help, we're glad we have the resources available to provide that to our community through HOT and know these bikes will get put to good use. We hope this program continues to grow."