B-cycle Bike Sharing Comes to IIT



Chicago B-cycle President Bob Burns, IIT Campus Energy and Sustainability Director Joseph Clair, IIT Vice President for Business and Operations John Collins and B-Cycle Managing Partner Josh Squire

B-cycle, a bike-sharing program operated by Bike & Roll Chicago, a local bike rental and touring company, has completed installation of two new automated bike stations at Illinois Institute of Technology’s Main Campus, with special membership prices for members of the IIT community. Chicago B-cycle President Bob Burns and Managing Partner Josh Squire joined IIT Vice President for Business and Operations John Collins and Campus Energy and Sustainability Director Joseph Clair at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 17 at the station outside the MTCC. Another B-cycle station is located outside of Galvin Library.

Connection to the Chicago lakefront is made easy with B-cycle stations along the lakefront, including at the Museum Campus and virtual check-in stations at Millennium Park and Navy Pier. Bicycling helps increase daily physical activity and reduces carbon emissions associated with automobile or mass transit travel, and it’s a great way to tour the city.

“Bike-sharing was created for the commuter whose transit stop is two miles from the office, the urbanite running errands, and for students to get across campus quickly,” explained Bob Burns, president of B-cycle and general counsel for Trek Bicycle Corporation, a B-cycle partner. “With this in mind, B-cycle offers a cruiser-style bike that is comfortable for people of all sizes and biking abilities.”

To get the discounted IIT B-cycle membership rate of $25 for the academic year, students, faculty and staff can register here on the B-cycle website. A credit card or a debit card with a credit feature is required for online signup. A B-cycle card will be mailed to the address you register. When registering, you must choose the “IIT University Community” rate ($25/academic year) and input the appropriate promotional code:

B-cycle representatives will be on the MTCC bridge at lunchtime on Thursday – Friday, August 18 – 19, and Wednesday, August 24 to assist members of the IIT community with membership sign up and answer any questions.