Bikes Replacing Cars on Campus?

August 7, 2008
2009 Ford Focus

2009 Ford Focus

Yesterday, we told you which cars were the best new models for college students. Hold off on signing the papers for a minute--USA Today reports some colleges are trying to evict cars from campus and are enticing students into two-wheeled transportation instead.

Colleges across the country--like Ripon College in Wisconsin--are offering students free bikes, helmets and locks, a $300 value, if they don't bring a car to school with them. Something like 60 percent of the incoming freshmen have signed up for the deal.

Other schools are joining the move: Auburn University inaugurated a bike-sharing program; SUNY-Albany is building a new bike-ped path around campus; and even high schools are getting in on the act by adding bike racks and footpaths, the paper reports.

Freshman, what's your experience? Are parking fees going up, or is your school banning your wheels? Let us know in a comment below.

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