Bikes-to-Go: Cycling Gains Ground at Colleges and in Cities

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 May is National Bike Month, and more universities continue to commit to bicycling as a sustainable, healthy and environmentally conscious transportation choice. Recently, Harvard University joined Princeton and Yale as an official Bicycle-Friendly University (BFU), and the League of American Bicyclists designated 14 new BFU members, expanding the program to 58 colleges in 30 states across the U.S. with more to come.

When New York City opened registration for a public bike-sharing program, Citi Bike, more than 5,000 people signed up within 30 hours. Similar demand for more cycling options is happening across the nation where shared bicycle programs are taking root (see Tinyurl.com/ Top50BikeFriendliestCities).

San Antonio’s B-Cycle program began in 2011, and in less than two years the program logged more than 140,000 trips and just over half a million miles ridden. The Alamo City now has about 450 bikes available at 53 B-Cycle stations in and near downtown where anyone with a credit card can quickly borrow a bike for a fun and healthy trip. A 24-hour day pass is $10 (and the first 30 minutes are free), and annual memberships are $80 (at each checkout the first 60 minutes are free).

For more information, visit BikeLeague. org. For more information about the San Antonio B-Cycle program, visit www.sanantonio.bcycle.com.

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