BUFFALO, N.Y. -- University at Buffalo cyclists turned a new
corner today when the university kicked off "Bicycling at UB," an
initiative designed to improve bike riding to, from and across its
Bicycling at UB features the university's first
bicycle-registration program, the installation of additional,
user-friendly bike racks to securely store more than 300 bikes
across the campuses and the addition of bike racks to all UB
It also marks the start of the university's first on-campus
bicycle borrowing program as part of a partnership with Buffalo
Blue Bicycles (BBB), the city-wide bicycle-lending program.
"This is an exciting, healthy and green initiative that we are
thrilled to bring to our students, faculty and staff," said Maria
Wallace, director of Parking and Transportation Services.
The free registration program deters bike thefts, aids in
recovery of stolen bikes and will allow Parking and Transportation
Services to collect information about cyclists to better target and
promote cycling events and improvements on campus.
Any bicycles that are parked in unauthorized locations on campus
will be tagged with a card, gently reminding owners where the
closest bike racks are located.
"Bicycling at UB is a great step toward moving people away from
single occupancy vehicles and driving to campus," said James Simon,
associate environmental educator of UB Green, a co-sponsor of the
program. "The registration program, the bikes on Stampede buses and
Buffalo Blue Bicycles will break down a lot of the barriers that
people who wanted to bike to campus used to come across."
The idea for Bicycling at UB came out of the cycling
subcommittee of the UB Environmental Task Force, a group of
faculty, staff and students committed to reducing the university's
environmental impact through interdisciplinary collaboration.
According to Simon, who chairs the cycling subcommittee, 31
percent of UB's total greenhouse-gas emissions comes from faculty,
staff and students commuting to campus and from UB's fleet of
vehicles, a number that he hopes will start to decline with
initiatives like Bicycling at UB.
The new bike racks have been installed at the Main Circle on the
South Campus, at the Flint Loop, the Student Union and along Putnam
Way on the North Campus, and at residence halls on both North and
A key advantage of Bicycling at UB is that it allows cyclists
for the first time to take their bikes onto the UB Stampede buses,
facilitating biking on the campuses for those who commute between
The addition of Buffalo Blue Bicycle hubs also will have a major
impact, said Wallace.
"It provides our students, faculty and staff members who do not
have bicycles the opportunity to take advantage of this
transportation alternative," said Wallace. "We want everyone to
have the opportunity to bicycle."
For an annual fee of $25 or six hours of volunteer service,
membership in BBB (see http://www.buffalobluebicycle.org)
allows riders to borrow a bike from one of the UB campus hubs
--racks that contain locked bikes -- for up to two days. Users
receive a combination to one of the hub bikes when they reserve a
Wallace noted that students living near the South Campus, for
example, who do not own bikes can borrow from the UB hubs on
weekends to bike recreationally or do errands.
Hubs will be located at UB's New York State Center of Excellence
in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences at Ellicott and Virginia
streets; at the Main Circle, Clement Hall and the Rotary Road side
of 220 Winspear on the South Campus; and at the Student Union,
Flint Loop and the entrance to the Ellicott tunnel on the North
A total of 30 bikes will be available to the UB community for
use from April to November.
"By providing a transportation alternative, we're helping the
university with one of its stated goals: to alleviate parking and
congestion, while providing a healthy, sustainable form of
transportation for those who wish to utilize it," said Justin
Booth, who runs the BBB program from the Wellness Institute of
Bicycling at UB is sponsored by the Division of Student
Affairs, including Parking and Transportation Services, University
Police, University Residence Hall and Apartments, and Wellness
Education Services. University Facilities and UB Green are