NYU Bike-Share Rolls Off Campus

nyu_bikeshare.jpgNYU bike-share founder Lindsi Seegmiller gives a final check before students begin the program’s inaugural ride. Photo: NYU Photo Bureau.

More than two dozen students braved 32-degree cold this Sunday for the launch of NYU’s bike-share program. The ride took them down Second Avenue and over the Manhattan Bridge to see some of Brooklyn’s new bike lanes.

The NYU system consists of 30 bikes and two stations —
a dorm at 7th street and a bike parking lot behind Tisch Hall. Lindsi Seegmiller, the student who coordinated much of the program, says she got the bikes almost-new from Hub Station, which used them for free rentals during Summer Streets. To borrow one, students or faculty make a reservation online. Then, at the station, they swipe their NYU ID, opening a cabinet that holds the key to a chain lock attached to the bike they reserved.

In May, Seegmiller told Streetsblog that she hopes the program will expand and get the University, which runs its own bus service, to think more about biking.

Count up-and-coming livable streets advocates like Seegmiller as one reason to be thankful this year. What’s on your "I’m thankful for/I’d be more thankful if" list? Enjoy the holiday, we’ll see you Monday.

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