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Wanted: Your Input, as Local Bike-Share Program Takes Shape

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College Avenue will house bike and bus lanes after the completion of the improvements.
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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — No bike? No problem.

Rutgers University—along with a number of state and local partners, including New Brunswick—is gearing up to launch a regional bicycle-share program. The undertaking, known as Knight Cycle, would give people access to bikes in the Hub City and several nearby communities, according to the school.

But the details of the bike-share program remain unwritten. To that end, Rutgers and its partners are asking for suggestions from the public as to what they want from Knight Cycle.

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Interested individuals may complete questionnaires, available in both English and Spanish, which can be found here.

The university is holding a series of open houses to solicit public comment. One of those sessions is schedule for 5 p.m. today, March 22, in room 202 of the Rutgers Livingston Student Center, 84 Joyce Kilmer Ave., Piscataway.

For information on two following open houses—which occur tomorrow and next Wednesday in New Brunswick—click here.

Rutgers, partnering with two state agencies, intends for the bike-share program to be open to all members of the public. It’s slated to serve the university, New Brunswick, Highland Park, Piscataway and the New Brunswick and Edison train stations

The move comes as Rutgers and New Brunswick City Hall have waged campaigns to make the area more friendly to bicyclists.

For example, the entities recently eliminated much of the parking along College Avenue, making room for bike lanes. Both the city and Middlesex County, meanwhile, have been busy installing bike lanes elsewhere.

Bike sharing is most often used for brief trips to get the rider from one point to another. Rarely do such programs accommodate long-term, aimless strolling.

One of the best-known bike-share initiatives began in 2013 in New York City. Citi Bike, as it’s called, and its 10,000 bicycles have reportedly generated millions of trips and more than 150,000 regular users.

How many people Knight Cycle could serve is unclear, but New Brunswick officials today touted its possible transportation, health and economic benefits.

“As the ‘Hub City’ and the ‘Healthcare City,’ this bicycle sharing program ties into both those nicknames,” reads an announcement from City Hall, “by helping even more people get active and encourages more people to stop in for business or pleasure.”

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