Stevens Institute of Technology donated 16 bicycles and five bike helmets yesterday to the Hudson Transportation Management Association (TMA) for use by Bike Hoboken, an organization that gives bikes to those who can’t afford them. The bikes were once used by campus police or students who later abandoned them. Now they will have new homes and provide a benefit to the community.
"Stevens is pleased to provide these bikes for a good cause," said Robert Maffia, vice president for facilities and campus operations at Stevens. "This is just one small, but important, step in the university's ongoing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and be a good steward of the environment and a good neighbor."
“This gets more bicycles to people who can use them as part of their commute and gets more cars off the road,” said Jay DiDomenico, director of the Hudson TMA. “It’s part of our endeavor to improve the health of people by getting them on bicycles and reducing emissions.”
“The bikes will be refurbished and given to adults in Hudson County who need a bike to get to work or school,” said Brian Wagner, lead advocate for Bike Hoboken.
Stevens has also added shuttle routes that both encourage greater use of mass transit by commuters and promote the safety and convenience of more than 500 off-campus students and 175 employees living in Hoboken. The university is also committed to participating in the city’s bikeshare program in its continuing effort to reduce drive alone trips to campus.
(from left to right ): Bob Maffia, Stevens Institute of Technology, VP for Facilities and Campus Operations; Beth McGrath, Stevens Institute of Technology, Chief of Staff/Director of Community & State Relations; Chief Timothy Griffin, Stevens Institute of Technology Police; Brian Wagner, Lead Advocate for Bike Hoboken; and Jay DiDomenico, Director of the Hudson Transportation Management Association (TMA).