CHICAGO – March 17th, 2011 – B-cycle is helping University of Illinois at Chicago students and commuters increase their daily activity and reduce carbon emissions with a University bike-sharing program. Chicago B-cycle will launch with 100 bicycles at six B-stations around the UIC Campus, offering a green alternative to cars for short commutes and errands. The bikes will be available March 21st through May 6th, 2011. Locations include: Student Center East, Student Center West, UIC Hermitage Mall, James Stukel Towers, and the UIC Student Services Building. Connection to the Chicago lakefront is made with a B-cycle station at Museum Campus as well as virtual check-in stations at Millennium Park. To check out bikes, students, faculty, and the public can register at www.chicagobcycle.com or just use a credit card at the B-stations. The cost is $25 per semester, the first 2 hours of each trip are included, but if you use the bike longer than 2 hours it will cost an additional $2.50 per half hour.
The UIC Bike Sharing project was inspired by Mayor Daley’s request to get the university campuses in Chicago networked with bike share kiosks. Bike and Roll Chicago, the operator of Chicago B-cycle, is sponsoring the UIC program. Josh Squire, the Executive Director of Chicago B-cycle: “this is another step to make Chicago even more bike friendly...we hope Mayor Elect Rahm Emanuel continues Mayor Daley’s vision and completes the task of creating a citywide Bike-sharing transit system.”
“Bike-sharing was created for the commuter whose transit stop is two miles from the office, the urbanite running errands, and for students to get across campus quickly,” explained Bob Burns, president of B-cycle.
“By providing bike sharing kiosks on campus, B-cycle will enable students, faculty and staff to reduce the number of car trips for university purposes,” said Cindy Klein-Banai, Associate Chancellor for Sustainability at UIC. “This helps meet one of our Climate Action Plan’s goals of providing greater transit options, which will reduce the university’s carbon emissions.”
Bike-Sharing Gains Speed in the U.S.
First popularized in European cities such as Paris, Barcelona, and London, bike-sharing is quickly expanding around the globe and across the U.S. New York City, Boston, San Antonio, Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale plan to join Denver, DC, and Minneapolis with large scale bike share programs in 2011-12.
About Bike and Roll
Chicago B-cycle is operated by Bike and Roll Chicago. Bike and Roll Chicago was founded in 1993 and operates ten lakefront bicycle rental and tour locations in the city. The company is a managing partner of Bike and Roll, a national network of bike rental and tour companies with additional locations in Chicago, Miami, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
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