Saturday, November 01, 2008

U.S. Colleges Jumping On The Bike-Share Bandwagon, Penn And Temple Yet To See The Light

[Across America, many] 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.

“We’re seeing an explosion in bike activity,” said Julian Dautremont-Smith, associate director of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, a nonprofit association of colleges and universities. “It seems like every week we hear about a new bike sharing or bike rental program.”
College campuses are perfect areas for implementing bike share pilots. (Even more so when there’s a viable theft deterrent.) It’d be nice to see Penn and Temple, the city’s biggest universities, institute bike share programs as part of their professed desires to be more sustainable.

While it’s not like many of their students are driving across campus to get to class, it would nevertheless be another amenity that the schools could offer their students.

Related:
With Free Bikes, Challenging Car Culture on Campus [ New York Times ]
Sustainability office to help Temple campus go green [ Temple News ]
Penn Green Campus Partnership [ University of Pennsylvania ]

[ Photo via bikesharephiladelphia ]

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