2012.02.29 > For Immediate Release
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B-cycle Returns to UNO March 1
Omaha - Bike riding is a healthy and fun way to get out and enjoy the fresh air. It can also offer convenience and save time going to and from campus.
Luckily for many Omaha students, as well as the rest of the Metro community, dozens of bicycles of will come out of hibernation March 1 for the second season of Omaha’s popular B-cycle program.
B-cycles, part of a partnership with the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Student Government, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska and Community Bike Project Omaha, are bicycles that are designed to work for everyone.
There are currently five solar-powered B-cycle kiosks, located on the UNO campus and at Aksarben Village, but the system will be adding more stations this year.
Each bike features adjustable seats, front storage basket, automatic lights and three speed settings. B-cycles are also equipped with an internal GPS device that tracks the bike’s trips. After the trip, information is transferred to B-cycle’s computers; algorithms translate the trip information into estimates of the number of calories burned and carbon emissions avoided (as compared to the use of an average automobile for the same trip).
“The B-cycle program makes biking easier and provides an alternative to driving or taking the shuttle bus,” said David Corbin, an emeritus professor of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER).
“Bike sharing programs like B-cycle are growing in popularity across the nation and around the world,” Corbin added. “Places like Denver, Chicago, and San Antonio have B-cycle programs, and in Europe, cities like Paris and London have similar bike share programs.”
Riders also need not worry about maintenance of the bikes, as the Community Bike Project keeps the B-cycles ready to ride.
Those looking to use the B-cycle kiosks can sign up by purchasing a 24-hour pass, 30-day membership or annual membership at a B-cycle station or online at www.omaha.bcycle.com. UNO students receive discounted 30-day and annual memberships. Once the bike is unlocked, riders are free to bicycle anywhere. B-cyclers may return the bike to any B-station location.
With gas prices going higher than ever, it is an excellent time to join the B-cycle program. For more information, contact Matt Martin at (402) 305.1111 or visit www.omaha.bcycle.com.
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