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B-cycle demonstration draws crowd

Aug. 2, 2012, 4:38 PM

B-cycle is a fee-based program designed for short trips across campus or in the vicinity. Vanderbilt will have two kiosks starting this fall. (Steve Green/Vanderbilt)

About 75 Vanderbilt staff and faculty stopped by the surface lot at Terrace Place and 21st Avenue South Aug. 1 for a sneak peek at the new automated kiosk system for Nashville B-cycle, which will have two stations on campus this fall.

Community Neighborhood and Government Relations' Norma Clippard took one of the B-cycles out for a spin. (Steve Green/Vanderbilt)

“The B-cycle kiosk demonstration was a huge success,” Vanderbilt Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations Associate Director Mary Pat Teague said. “The bike-sharing program will include 200 bikes, which will be located at various sites throughout downtown and midtown.”

The Vanderbilt stations, which will be located at the corner of 21st Avenue South and Terrace Place and in the park near the intersection of Medical Center Drive and Blakemore, are scheduled to be installed by late October, Teague said.

The bikes will offer a convenient option for staff and faculty needing to make a quick trip across campus or across town. Users will pay a nominal fee and will need to provide their own helmets.

The staff at Health Plus are excited that Vanderbilt will have two B-cycle stations on campus, according to Manager Marilyn Holmes.

“A number of groups and individuals, along with Health Plus, have been collaborating for some time to define the best ways to offer and support biking options. These two new locations, along with the student bike-loan program and the number of faculty and staff already biking to work, are great initiatives that will continue to encourage physical activity throughout the Vanderbilt community.”

Nashville B-cycle will be managed by the Nashville Downtown Partnership, a private sector nonprofit corporation that focuses on business recruitment and retention, residential and retail development, public space management, access and transportation and communications and marketing.

Contact: Mary Pat Teague, (615) 322-2837
marypat.teague@vanderbilt.edu

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