University continues to promote alternative, green transportation with expansion of Blue Bikes

The university continues to promote sustainable transportation options to the campus community through its bicycle rental program, Blue Bikes.

Four new bicycles were added to the program resulting in a total of 34 bikes available to staff, faculty and students. Rates begin at $5 for a daily rental, $10 for the weekend and $75 for the semester. The bicycles feature a “blue bike” decal, and are available at Outdoor Adventures at 336 Hill Street.

Operated by Outdoor Adventures within Recreational Sports, the program was developed in collaboration with Parking & Transportation Services, the Office of Campus Sustainability and the University Planner’s Office.

“It’s been a smooth first year for the program,” said John Swerdlow, assistant director of Recreational Sports. “There wasn’t much wear and tear on the bikes, and we experienced a high demand for semester rentals right from the start of the program.”

Swerdlow also noted the ability of Outdoor Adventures to accept short codes making the rental process easy for university departments interested in renting a Blue Bike to have on hand for their staff to use to get to meetings across campus.

The Central Student Government provided the funding for the additional four bicycles that were added to circulation in the winter semester.

Read the entire story in the Record Update: http://www.ur.umich.edu/update/archives/130528/bikes

 

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