UC Irvine will introduce ZotWheels, a bike-sharing program that lets students, faculty and staff use and return bicycles with the swipe of a membership card. Popular in European cities, it’s the University of California’s first automated bike-sharing program

UCI Student Center, lower lawn area (grid E8 on campus map (pdf)

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In May 2008, Ronald Fleming, interim director of UCI’s Parking & Transportation Services, asked Central Specialties Ltd., an Illinois-based leader in the stroller-vending industry, to consider modifying its proven self-service system to handle bicycles. The partnership led to a state-of-the-art bike-sharing system called ZotWheels.

Located at four stations around the UCI campus, the bicycles will provide a convenient, green alternative to cars. Welcome kits will be available to the first 250 ZotWheels members.

For more information, visit theZotWheels Web site.