IU Crimson Cruisers bike-lending program accepting applications for spring riders

  • Jan. 30, 2015


BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- After a year of successful operation, the Crimson Cruisers program will continue to provide alternative transportation on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Applications for bike riders are now being accepted for the current semester.

Crimson Cruisers is a bike-lending program intended to encourage a shift in transportation habits away from single occupancy vehicles and toward more active and sustainable transportation. In keeping with IU’s commitment to sustainability, all the bikes used in the program have been recycled and restored to mint condition.

"The idea of reducing pollution on campus and in Bloomington is important because this campus belongs to everyone,” says Kristina Mihajlovic, a former Crimson Cruisers rider. “I (rode) to class and on errands around Bloomington, playing my part in keeping the city healthy and fun to live in."

This bike library was created through the IU Office of Sustainability, IU Outdoor Adventures, Parking Operations and the Transportation Working Group.

In the past year, Crimson Cruiser participants have ridden an estimated 750 miles around Bloomington, making an average of five to 10 trips per week. As a result, 77 percent of participants noticed a significant reduction in their vehicle use while participating in program. The program has proved so popular that the last two application cycles were closed early due to high demand.

The spring 2015 applications are now open. Any interested students, staff, or faculty may complete the application process on the IU Crimson Cruisers page. The applications will close on Feb. 8. Successful applicants will be notified by Feb. 13, and a $30 enrollment fee will be assessed upon receiving the bike. Any questions should be directed to

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Helen Gapsis rides her Crimson Cruisers bicycle.

Helen Gapsis rides her Crimson Cruisers bicycle.

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