11/21/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Free Bikes For Students Who Pledge Not To Drive

BIDDEFORD, Me. -- When Kylie Galliani started at the University of New England in August, she was given a key to her dorm, a class schedule and something more unusual: a $480 bicycle.

The goal, college and university officials said, is to ease critical shortages of parking and to change the car culture that clogs campus roadways and erodes the community feel that comes with walking or biking around campus.

"We're seeing an explosion in bike activity," said Julian Dautremont-Smith, associate director of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, a nonprofit association of colleges and universities. "It seems like every week we hear about a new bike sharing or bike rental program."

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