Order of Omega rolls in campus bike program

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With the help of one Baker organization and area donors, a new campus program rolled in to Hartley Plaza Tuesday.

Order of Omega helped sponsor the new Campus Bike Program, which brought eight refurbished bicycles to Baldwin City for the use of students, faculty and staff.

“We were actually contacted by Dave Hill (of MidAmerica Bank),” senior Kyle Baum said. “He came forth and brought a donation for this whole project, and so Order of Omega jumped on it and thought it would be a great idea to be involved with.”

The bikes will be stored on the campus bike racks in the courtyard between Owens Musical Arts building and Rice Auditorium, the Hartley Plaza, on the south side of Collins Library and at all of the residence halls. Students and faculty are free to ride the bikes throughout campus or Baldwin City.

The bikes can also be ridden to Greek chapter houses and parked there overnight. However, they must be returned to campus within 24 hours.

The program has been a semester-long project for Order or Omega as members have collected, painted and refurbished the bikes. Mark Whaley, of Whaley’s Ratcycles, also sponsored the program by repairing the donated bikes.

“Basically these bikes are just for campus use,” Baum said. “The whole idea is that students are allowed to use them whenever.”