Since Yale University launched its bike share program in April, 246 staff and faculty members and students have borrowed bicycles 1,546 times around campus.
According to Holly Parker, director of Sustainable Transportation at Yale, "Within its' first nine weeks, we surpassed 1,000 rentals."
Zagster, a Cambridge, MA based company, provides 50 share-use bicycles for individuals who register online with a yale e-mail address and credit card ($20). Once a membership is established, members can reserve bikes online or by texting the bike's location. They then return the bike to the same location it was picked up, and text the word "end" to close their reservations.
All members of the share program receive a reimbursement of the membership fee as long as they take a free Bike Safety course that is offered by the Yale Environmental Health and Safety department. At the course participants also receive a free bike helmet.
Read more about the Yale Bike Share program here.
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