Thanks to the inspiration and generosity of the class of 2009 and Vassar alumnus Paul Lehman '86, Vassar’s Shared Bike Program is off to a rolling start. Last year’s sophomore class gift, 30 pink bikes were delivered from the Pleasant Valley Bike Shop just before the start of the semester. Within days, the fleet was fully deployed and now you see pink bikes everywhere—parked by the College Center Circle, over at the Town Houses, in front of the library.
Over 200 people so far have registered to participate in the program, which is open to all members of the Vassar community. For a $10 fee, members receive a key that will unlock any pink bike. There will be another opportunity to register tomorrow (Friday, August 31) between 2:00 and 4:00pm in the College Center. After that, you will be able to register at the Bike Shop in the basement of Strong House (hours of operation to be announced). The fees generated by the program will be used to maintain the bikes, and a student employment position, currently held by Virginia Engel, has been designated for bike repair and maintenance.
As for the color? The class of 2009 and the donor (who is an avid cyclist) chose pink for two reasons: pink and grey are Vassar's colors, and the pink bikes are easy to spot.
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Bikes ready to roll in the Vassar shared bike program