APU Partners with VeoRide, Joining the Race Toward Green Transportation

by Abigail Reed

Teal blue bikes whizz by dozens of students walking between campuses. Azusa Pacific University’s recent partnership with VeoRide introduces an environmentally friendly, affordable method of transportation to all members of the APU community. Whether traveling to your next class or going to a local restaurant for lunch, 81 GPS equipped bikes are ready for use in peak areas around campus. Simply download the VeoRide app on the Apple Store or Google Play to view a map and find a bike station near you. Once located, scan the QR code on the front bar of a bike to unlock it. Monthly and yearly passes are available for purchase at a flat rate, or pay for rides per 15 minute interval. At the end of your trip, just park the bike at any bike rack on the APU campus.

Dedicated to helping APU go green, the faculty and student run Creation Care Council (CCC) realized the benefits of bike transportation and formed a partnership with VeoRide. “VeoRide provides students with an accessible way to travel without gas emissions,” said graduate student Francisco Vargas ’20, member of the CCC. “After just a few weeks, students all over campus are taking advantage of this opportunity. I’m excited to see where VeoRide will take us!”

Providing an emission free way to get from one place to another, VeoRide creates an opportunity for individuals to make small choices that benefit the environment. In return, VeoRide users can easily develop a healthy and active lifestyle, as well as eliminate the hassle of parking and potential traffic. For those who do not have access to cars, bikes offer a more flexible and eco-friendly alternative to public transportation.

APU joins dozens of university campuses across the nation in the race to greener, more convenient ways to travel. San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, and many other U.S. cities use public bike transportation programs like VeoRide, lowering the amount of emissions released into the atmosphere.

“Caring for the environment does not require radical life changes, but several small steps—from hanging your clothes up to dry, reusing empty bread bags, or riding a bike to class,” said Toney Snyder, assistant director of environmental stewardship. “These little choices can help us, as Christians, responsibly care for God’s creation.”

Abigail Reed is a public relations intern in the Office of University Relations. She is a liberal studies major with an honors humanities minor.