I'm a member of the Community Council of a small regional campus' residence hall. There's a nice walking and bike trail that runs right past the hall, so we wanted to buy a pair of bikes for our 200 residents. We have plenty of money. We need a pair of bikes that are easy to ride (there are a few hills so some speeds might be nice, but the less there is to screw up, the better,) durable, and easy to maintain. We would keep it locked up, make residents sign a release for so they don't sue us if they take a fall, and provide all appropriate saftey gear, such as helmets.
As I said, I know nothing about serious biking. Can anyone make any reccomendations on where to start looking, or tips on brands to choose or to avoid?