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Bike-Share program debuts

May 2, 2013
bikes ready at case
Bikes available to share, near library.

Skidmore community members now have a more convenient way to get around campus and town. Thanks to members of the College’s Environmental Action Club, students, faculty, and staff can “check out” a bicycle at the library, just like they would a book.

The Skidmore Bike-Share Program has been established for several years, however an inconvenient check-out process and bike storage location limited its use. Now, anyone can go up the to check-out desk in the library and rent a bike. The bikes are located just outside the library doors, making the new program very accessible and much more convenient. Any first-time riders will need to sign a waiver and rental agreement, which can be done at the desk as well.

A few of the bicycles have also been made into “rideable works of art,” thanks to the students in the Environmental Art class. With unique designs and flashy wheels, anyone riding these bikes through campus is sure to turn heads.

The debut of the new Bike-Share Program coincides with Skidmore’s first Critical Mass bike ride around campus. Anyone wishing to participate in the ride can meet at the gazebo by Haupt Pond around 6 p.m. Friday, May 3. Once a “critical mass” has gathered, the group will ride around campus to build awareness about street safety for all modes of transportation, and to build awareness around this more sustainable method of transportation.

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