Cardinal Greenway initiates bike share
With the weather warming up, many students find themselves heading outdoors.
However, a lot of students don’t know about the 62-mile-long, paved trail just a couple blocks away from campus, said Mary Tankersley.
Tankersley is the administrative assistant in communications for the Cardinal Greenway, a trail she said is a great place for students to go to get away from the stress of school.
The Wysor Depot is located at 700 E. Wysor Street.
In an effort to help Muncie citizens experience the trail and get fit, the private, not-for-profit organization has initiated a bike share program. The program allows anyone over the age of 18 to use a bike for free on the Greenway.
“We just wanted to provide a safe place for people to be outside and become physically fit,” Tankersley said. “It’s great just to enjoy the outdoors and have an appreciation for what it does for the mind, body and soul.”
The Greenway has cruisers, a single-gear bike with backpedal breaks, for all sizes and ages with bells for safe travel. In addition, helmets and training wheels are given out upon request.
The cruisers are currently available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. When trail season begins May 1, the hours will be extended to include the weekends.
To use a bike, a person needs to bring a recent photo I.D., like a BSU student card, to the Historic Wysor Street Depot and fill out a waiver. If a rider is under 18, they must be accompanied by someone over the age of 18.
“There are so many reasons why people should go out and do this,” Tankersley said. “First and foremost they should get out and see the beauty of the trail. It’s a great place to go and be with friends and unwind, maybe between classes or when you’re working on a paper or preparing for an exam.”
Tankersley said the trail is well-maintained and open 365 days a year. Out of all the things the trail has to offer, she said the most important for students is its proximity to campus.
“It is so convenient for Ball State students,” Tankersley said. “People come from all over to see the trail and it’s just a few blocks from the university.”