PennCycle Launches Pilot Bicycling Program
PennCycle, a student-run bicycle share program, will launch Friday March 16th, with festivities from noon to 4pm at Hill Field, 34th and Chestnut Streets. There will be free bike rides, food and music to celebrate the launch.
Read all about this exciting new initiative in the Penn News: www.upenn.edu/pennnews/news/penncycle-launches-pilot-bicycling-program
The Division of Public Safety is proud to be a part of PennCycle, the first campus-wide, student run, bike share program. This initiative is the product of over a year’s worth of planning and collaboration between students and many offices and organizations throughout the University, including Public Safety and Risk Management. The kick-off event was held on March 16th at Hill Field where Penn community members were able to test ride the new PennCycle bikes, sign-up to participate in the program, and enjoy free food from our local restaurants. Additionally Penn Police were present to register property, particularly bicycles, on CampusExpress. The pilot program is open to all faculty, staff and students. To rent bikes go to www.penncycle.org
Vice President Rush is very supportive of the Penn Cycle Program for many reasons, Crime Prevention leading the list: The number one crime challenge on college campuses today, Penn included, is theft of bicycles. There are many reasons for this, but the number one reason is improperly secured bicycles that sit on bike racks for months without being used by their student owners. These bikes attract bike thieves who have connected with bike theft rings throughout cities to create a very lucrative income. Penn’s campus is beautiful and contiguous and very walk able. The Penn Cycle Program allows students to rent bicycles when they want to leave campus, hit the Schuylkill River bike trails, etc. without having to take their $3,000 bike from their parents’ garage, only to improperly secure it to an external bike rack. The formula for crime is: Motive + Opportunity. This program will take away the “Opportunity” by removing the bait…..student bikes. Second, the Penn Cycle Program will be offering safety information for biking in an urban environment, including how to avoid head trauma by properly wearing a bike helmet.
In additional to working with the Penn Cycle Program the Division of Public Safety will be working with the Undergraduate Assembly and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly on a Bicycle Safety education campaign, which will include information on avoiding head trauma through the use of helmets; bike security through the proper locking devices, U-Locks; and registering your bike and ALL of your personal possessions through the CampusExpress Program.
With Spring just around the corner, DPS looks forward to working with all bicycle enthusiast in creating a safe and enjoyable biking experience at Penn.