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Free Bicycle Program Popular At UK

University of Kentucky students are taking advantage of a program that gives them free bicycles.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, about 400 people signed up for the Big Blue Cycles program, and the university's Office of Sustainability held a lottery to give away 160 bikes.

UK sustainability coordinator Shane Tedder said the goal of the program is to make the campus more bike- and pedestrian-friendly.

The idea grew out of the Wildcat Wheels Bike Library program, in which UK scoops up all the bikes left on campus when classes are over. The bikes are repaired and reconstituted, and they can be used on campus by faculty, staff and students for free, like many bike-sharing programs.

Tedder said officials will evaluate whether they can expand the program.