Why, NYU’s new Bike Share fleet, of course! Today at noon, head over to the corner of Washington Place and Washington Square East, where 45 new bikes will be unveiled and made available to the NYU community. There’s practically no better way to spend the second official day of spring.
The NYU Bike Share is a program created by the NYU Office of Sustainability and a student-led Green Grant team that allows students and faculty to rent out bikes from ten convenient locations across campus for short periods of time. And did we mention it’s free?
Since the summer of 2010, the Bike Share has been working to bring an environmentally friendly alternative form of transportation to members of the NYU community. Now, with the newly-acquired, the number of bikes will be increased by 150%. And so will the fun.
One thing that’s exciting about the new fleet? Unlike the 30 original, UFO-like Biria cruisers, these new bikes will be a flashy shade of purple (VIOLET PRIDE!). Better yet, the new roadster models are locally made. Worksman Cycles is a bike factory in Queens, NY that is solar-powered, so you don’t even have to feel environmentally guilty about the production.
To be a part of the Bike Share, all you need to do is attend a quick safety training workshop and sign a liability waiver. It may sound like a drag, but it’s smart; you’ll pick up a few useful tips.
Jeremy Freidman, NYU’s Manager of Sustainability Initiatives, says, “Before students can check out a bike, they go through a training program which covers the fundamentals of borrowing and returning the bikes, the NYC Bike Map, rules of the road, tips for safe riding and staying visible, and tips for locking up without fear of theft,” He adds, “In part thanks to safety training for participants, there have been zero reported injuries on NYU Bike Share bikes — and no theft or loss of any bike in the program.”
The brief course is worth getting your name entered in the Bike Share database. After that, just show your NYU ID at places like Greenwich Hotel, Rubin, or Gramercy, and it’s smooth sailing. Or cycling. You’ll feel as good as Pee Wee Herman.
The NYU Bike Share Kick-Off event is Wednesday, March 21 at 12 PM on Washington Place at Washington Square Park.