May 7, 2013
At first there was the large, gated-off bicycle rack behind Stern, accessible with an NYU ID card. For those-in-the-know, there was the luxury of the small indoor rack in Meyer Hall. And, for those who didn’t care too much whether the bike they retrieved at the end of the day resembled the bike they dropped off in the morning, there was the rack on Waverly Place next to Tisch.
But as climate change has become a pressing global issue and sustainability a major initiative at NYU, bicycle commuting has become a University priority.
Truth is, given the excellence and the pervasiveness of NYC’s transit system, unlike many major universities, NYU has few automobile commuters. A transportation survey conducted by the University in 2009 found that on the average weekday only about 2.3 percent of NYU’s students and employees commute to work by motor vehicle (car, motorcycle, or scooter).