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2009.09.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Bike Share Starts Sept. 8

Omaha - In an effort to encourage physical activity, to protect the environment and to provide an easier way to get around campus, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will launch a free bike-sharing program on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Paris has a bike sharing program so why not UNO, said the program’s organizers.

To start, eight bicycles will be provided and any UNO student or employee can use one for free, upon availability. The bikes can be picked up or left off at any campus bike rack. The unlocked bikes are either one-speed or three-speeds.

Boys Town donated seven of the bicycles, and volunteers--including student enrolled in service learning courses at UNO--have maintained them. The eighth bike is a tandem. David Corbin and John Noble, both faculty members in UNO’s School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, said student involvement has made this project possible.

“If our pilot bike sharing program is successful, we will add more bikes in the future,” Corbins aid. “We are using the ‘Blanche DuBois approach.’ We are depending on the ‘kindness of strangers.’ We hope that the bikes will be well used but not abused or stolen. We believe it is worth a try.”

Noble said UNO student Corey Friesen was especially helpful and involved with the Bike Share Program.

Neal Bonacci, UNO student president/regent, will make a ceremonial inaugural ride at 9:30 a.m. on the south side of Milo Bail Student Center on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Safety is of the utmost importance, Corbin said, so riders are strongly encouraged to wear a helmet that the rider provides. All riders ride at their own risk.

Riders are directed to follow the rules of the road and always yield to pedestrians. Other safety rules and frequently asked questions and answers can be found on the web site at www.unomaha.edu/bikeshare. If a rider has a mechanical problem, they should not ride the bicycle but rather report it by calling (402) 554-2670.

Anyone wanting to volunteer for the project can call the same phone number or check the program’s Web page..

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The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908. This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come. UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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