Learn About Bike-sharing at Pop-Up Event

Sustainable Duke, Spin bike-share partner for pop-up bike shop on March 2

Photo courtesy of Spin.
Photo courtesy of Spin.

Find out what those bright orange bikes are all about during a Spin pop-up bike shop from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 2 on Bryan Center Plaza.

The pop-up, organized by Spin and Sustainable Duke, will feature demonstrations on how to use the bike-sharing service and include information on the benefits of sustainable commuting. Mechanics will also be available to repair bikes for Duke community members.

“Biking is a major step to transporting Duke to a greener future,” said Rebecca Hoeffler, communications coordinator for Sustainable Duke. “It also helps incorporate physical activity back into people’s daily habits.”

Spin is among several bike-sharing programs that recently launched in the city of Durham. Dockless bike-sharing programs allow users to download a smartphone app and rent a bike at any time. Spin and LimeBike provide a 50 percent discount to anyone with a .edu email. The rental price decreases from one dollar to 50 cents for every half hour.

“We want to build a relationship between the Duke family and the Durham bike community,” said Chris Colson, operations and logistics manager for Spin. “We want to create partnerships with communities to provide equitable and affordable transportation.”

About 50 Spin and LimeBikes can be found stationed around East and West campuses, the medical center and Swift Apartments.

When rides are finished at Duke, bikes must be parked at designated campus racks to keep them secure and ease congestion, according to Duke policy.

Duke has nearly 3,000 parking spaces for bikes around the university and health system campus. Find racks by going to maps.duke.edu and clicking “Transportation.”