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Texas A&M Teams up with ofo for Campus Bike Share Program

Posted by on March 6th, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Fitness, Texas

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Earlier last week, Texas A&M Transportation Services announced a partnership with ofo, the world’s first and largest station-free bike share company.  ofo’s is providing 500 bikes to service the 70,000 students, faculty, and staff of the campus of Texas A&M.

“We are excited about collaborating with ofo and the opportunity this partnership brings to the Texas A&M campus,” said Peter Lange, associate vice president of Transportation Services at Texas A&M. “With the continued growth of our community we are always evaluating new innovations for modes of travel and the station-free bike share system offers the reliability and ease of access that we want to provide for our customers,” he said.

Bringing a new mode of transportation to campus that is accessible and cost effective will also offer an added health benefit.  MedlinePlus states physical activity increases your chances of living longer. It can also help:

  • Control your blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight
  • Lower your “bad” cholesterol and raise your “good” cholesterol
  • Prevent heart disease, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and type 2 diabetes

The CDC also has a revealing graphic that illustrates the costs and benefits of physical activity.  Their figures show that $117 billion in annual health care costs are associated with inadequate physical activity.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that biking at a moderate pace for an hour can burn 290 calories!

Learn more about the partnership between Texas A&M and ofo:  https://today.tamu.edu/2018/02/27/texas-am-transportation-services-ofo-roll-out-campus-bike-share-program/

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