Viral ‘Limebike’ videos drawing concerns for some ECU students

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It’s been a few weeks since the launch of Limebikes at ECU.

Some people are enjoying them, while others are misusing them, and there’s video to prove it.

“Kids will be kids,” that’s the reaction some people have after seeing these videos.

Now we’ll let you be the judge.

In video from the past few weekends, you can clearly see the misuse of these bikes.

From jumping over fire, to attempting to steal the bikes, these videos have hundreds of thousands of views on a popular Instagram page.

Limebike declined an on camera interview, but provided a statement saying in part:

“The ECU student body, overall, has overwhelmingly shown themselves to be responsible users and stewards of the road.”

The uses of the bikes have different opinions from students when it comes to the university’s image.

“I think everyone knows what ECU is all about already,” said Cylas Dorty, an ECU student. “It’s a great school, but we love to party, so I really don’t think it hurts it at all.”

Others feel quite the opposite.

“It’s selfish honestly,” said John Houston, an ECU student who uses the bikes every day. “For stupid videos online to go viral for people that actually need bikes if they’re late for classes they can’t use them anymore because there’s not Limebikes anymore.”

We also reached out to ECU for comment on the videos and they declined an on camera interview and written statement because university officials say the program is not tied directly to the university.

Limebike also says they encourage responsible and safe use and are working with the university to promote safe habits.

They also added they have all the bikes accounted for and ensured they are in quote “excellent shape” for their riders.

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