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UC Irvine gears up for launch of bike-sharing program

ZotWheels is a first for the UC system.

By Kristen SchottPublished: October 05, 2009 02:23 PM

UC Irvine's Parking and Transportation Services is launching its new automated bike-sharing program on Friday in an effort to reduce traffic on the campus and offer an affordable, environmentally friendly transportation alternative.

ZotWheels is a first-of-its-kind platform on a UC campus and will allow students, faculty and staff to use and return bicycles simply by swiping their membership card. The bicycles will be located at four stations around the campus – Langson Library, Science Library, Physical Sciences and the lower Student Center. Each bike station has a rental kiosk and docking stalls.

The program was thought up by Ronald Fleming, the interim director of Parking and Transportation Services, while at an outlet retail center in Palm Springs. He had obtained a stroller for his daughter from a station similar to what is being implemented at UCI. In May of last year, Fleming asked Illinois-based Central Specialties Ltd., a firm that specializes in stroller-vending systems, to modify its self-service system for bikes.

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