Bike Programs Cut Cars on Campuses

Universities are looking to cut down on the number of cars students bring with them to school by offering free bikes and bike sharing programs.
October 22, 2008, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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"The University of New England and Ripon College in Wisconsin are giving free bikes to freshmen who promise to leave their cars at home. Other colleges are setting up free bike sharing or rental programs, and some universities are partnering with bike shops to offer discounts on purchases."

"The goal, college and university officials said, is to ease critical shortages of parking and to change the car culture that clogs campus roadways and erodes the community feel that comes with walking or biking around campus."

"The University of New England here in Biddeford had a similar problem - too many cars, not enough space and a desire to make the campus greener. So it copied the Ripon program, handing out 105 bikes in the first week of school. Because of the program, only 25 percent of freshmen brought cars with them this year, officials said, compared with 75 percent last year."

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Published on Sunday, October 19, 2008 in The New York Times
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