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Video: Student work: U-Bikes and Cyclab


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Three students profile Princeton’s U-Bikes program and the Cyclab, which support sustainable transportation on campus. Read more.


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Did you know that on campus you can rent a bike for just 15 bucks a semester?

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It's thanks to a program called U-Bikes, working together with the Cyclab. They can be found in a building

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behind the WaWa that you've seen and probably not cared about before.

Mars Jullian:
There are a lot of bikes on campus that are left here by students who pay $100 for a Walmart

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bike and then realize it costs $200 to ship it home. So, Public Safety will collect all

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these bikes, and then we'll take them, and we'll add new parts on them, and we'll send

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them back out as part of our rental program, so that these bikes aren't just left to waste

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on campus, so that they can be reused and re-ridden.

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U-Bikes also rents out over 100 of these beautiful orange bikes. Plus, they'll give you a stylish

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helmet and a bike lock for free!

Anthony Cross:
This is the Cyclab. It's Princeton's community bike co-op. It's a do-it-yourself space --

Anthony Cross:
we have tools, we have volunteer mechanics like myself to help out, and it's basically

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just a space where the Princeton community, the university, can come in and learn how

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to work on their own bikes, how to fix up their bikes, how to do basic repairs -- where

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the bike community at Princeton can come and hang out and work on bikes.

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Anthony Cross:
(We're) just kind of creating a bike culture here so people can really ride their bikes around.

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Anthony Cross:
I just volunteered to help out, and I've been doing it ever since.

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Tessa Maurer:
Damn, I did a number on this bike.

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Tessa Maurer:
So, I basically just got my bike revamped for seven whole dollars.

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Here's a fun fact: Riding a bike instead of driving improves cardiovascular health and

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reduces your emissions by 100 percent.

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So, stop by U-Bikes, and help build a sustainable transportation model. Others will follow.

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