KINGSTON, R.I. September 10, 2003 The University of Rhode Island will launch a free bicycle sharing program at a campus wide festival on Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the quadrangle on the Kingston Campus. The event will include a "tour de quad" at 12:30 as URI President Robert L. Carothers leads a brief bike ride around the quad.
The program, called URIde, aims to provide a fleet of more than 50 recycled bikes, free of charge, for use on campus by students, staff, and faculty. The bikes will be distributed around campus for anyone to use at any time, as long as they are ridden only on campus and are returned to a campus bike rack when the user is finished.
Fifty additional bicycles, all donated by Rhode Islanders, will be added to the fleet of URIde bikes later in the year after they have been repaired and tuned-up. URI has 21 bicycle racks spread throughout the Kingston campus, with another 15 expected to be available by the end of the year.
"The community bike share program is an easy way for the University to serve as a model and provide leadership in the area of sustainable transportation," said Lorraine Keeney, coordinator of the program.
The festival to launch the program will include information booths about bicycles and sustainable transportation, raffles, free t-shirts, a scavenger hunt with a $100 first prize, food and educational displays.
For more information about the URIde program or the event on the quad, call Keeney at 874-4947 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the URIde webpage at www.uri.edu/sustainability/uride.