NYU’s bike share program has affected not only the university campus but also the city.
By Evelyn Cheng, News writer
As cities around the world find biking an environmentally friendly means of transportation, students at New York University have taken the initiative in New York City with NYU Bike Share. The program, which began last July, provides bikes to NYU students, faculty and staff free of charge. Users can pick up and drop off bikes between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day at five NYU residence halls.
Prior to participating in bike share, all users must attend an information session and sign a liability waiver. NYU Junior Zack Davidson is in charge of the bike share program and conducts the information sessions. “Keep your feet on the pedals . . . [and] bike sober,” Davidson said. “Don’t stay too close to a car’s doors [to] avoid getting doored.”
Bike share users are given a lock key and a helmet when they check in at the resource center desk, but they are not required to wear the helmet. However, bikers must stay off sidewalks – according to NYC law any biker older than 13 will be fined and have his or her bike confiscated. If a bike share user gets into an accident, he or she should call 911.
In addition to providing this free service for its members, NYU Bike Share strives to improve biking conditions in the city by alerting the city government to the needs of bikers. Anyone can contact NYU Bike Share at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns that the program then relays to the Department of Transportation.
“[We’re] in constant contact with the government,” Davidson said.
NYU Bike Share’s efforts have led to the installation of more outdoor bike racks around residence halls by New York’s Department of Transportation.
With only 30 bikes for 550 members, NYU Bike Share hopes to expand its program as demand for bikes increases. “We have high hopes for the future,” Davidson said. “Ideally we’d have hundreds of bikes available at every single residence hall.”
- Interview with Zack Davidson
- Video: Getting Started With a Bike
- Slideshow: NYU Bike Share in Action