Saturday, April 11, 2009
Easter Bunny Delivers 3rd Generation Bike-sharing to College in Chicago
St. Xavier University's new Green Bike Program is the first 3rd generation bike-sharing system on a North American college campus and only the second such system on a college campus worldwide, after the University of Portsmouth's Bikeabout in 1996.
Students, faculty, and staff are enjoying the use of 60 bikes at the 14 stations. The University's RFID value-added card allows use of the system. The first 15 minutes are free and each additional 15 minutes cost $0.60. Though a small closed system (i.e., it's not available to others outside of the university), it is a real advance for bike-sharing in North America. It’s also the first system in the United States for Veloway a subsidiary of Veolia Transportation.It takes college campus bike-sharing into the big leagues.
For a picture of the system see the Bike Share Philadelphia photo album.
Russell Meddin www.bikesharephiladelphia.org