Big Red Bikes is coming back

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Big Red Bikes is relaunching its bike share program with a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 14 at 3:15 p.m. outside of Kennedy Hall (Tower Road side), followed by a larger celebration on the Arts Quad at 4 p.m., featuring food, biking activities and raffle prizes.

The Big Red Bikes program initially will feature a fleet of 32 bicycles, with five pick-up/drop off locations on campus for on-demand, local trips. It will be coordinated through the Big Red Bikes student organization and Cornell’s Transportation Services, in partnership with Zagster, a leading provider of bike share programs for cities, universities, businesses and properties. 

Anyone 18 or older can join the program by purchasing a weekly or annual pass, or simply pay- as-they-ride at $3 per hour. The first hour of every ride is free for pass-holders; after the first hour, pass-holder rides cost $3 per hour.

Riding the bike share is easy. Bikes can be found via the free Zagster app — available for iPhone and Android — or online at Each bike has a unique number which riders enter into the app to disengage the ring lock and docking cable at the touch of a button. (Alternatively, riders can obtain unlock codes via text message to use with an on-bike keypad.) A retractable cable mounted to the bike allows the bike to be secured to any fixed object throughout a trip for mid-ride stops. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.

For more information, visit; check for updates at More details about membership and how to sign up will be available on April 14. For information about Zagster, visit