The New School is committed to encouraging the use of alternative transportation to reduce the environmental footprint of our students, faculty and staff. The New School could not be better situated for access to New York City's famous subway and bus system. The central campus and outlying building are also linked by the city's growing network of bike lanes. A pretax public transportation expense benefit is available for employees. Visit the Human Resources benefits page for more information.
The New School’s Greenwich Village center and outlying facilities are also linked by the city's growing network of bike lanes. In spring 2010, a university survey was distributed to identify strategies to promote cycling among the New School community. Based on the survey findings, the New School bicycle committee developed a plan based on the following priorities:
- Install secure bicycle parking in all residence halls
- Offer secure indoor bicycle parking near the Greenwich Village campus
- Create cycling resources for students, faculty, and staff (e.g. maps, pamphlets)
A follow-up student commuter survey was conducted in fall 2010. The results from this survey will be used to identify the next steps of the comprehensive bicycle plan.
The New York City Department of Transportation CityRacks program has facilitated installation of sidewalk bicycle racks in front of several of the university’s academic buildings. Today, there are 102 secure bike parking spaces outside of New School buildings - 10 racks were installed in 2011 per a request by the university. At this time, the Department of Transportation has installed all they can given our sidewalk specifications.
In addition to the sidewalk racks, all Res Halls provide secure bike parking for residents. Secure indoor bicycle parking is also available for students, faculty, and staff at Imperial Parking Garage on East 14th Street for $25 per semester (payable by cash or check only). A permit can be purchased in Facilities Management (71 Fifth Avenue, 9th floor; open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
When the University Center opens, indoor bike parking will be available to both residents in the building and members of the New School, respectively, on the C2 level (two levels below the street) and accessible via the freight elevator on E 13th Street.
The New School has developed its own bike resources guide (see above, right) for members of our community. It contains useful information about riding around campus safely and some tips for securing your bike, where to purchase a bike and what to do if your bike is stolen.
And New York City Department of Transportation offers a cycling map of all five boroughs. And New York City's first bike share program CitiBike launched in May 2013 is meant for short trips within lower Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn. Daily, weekly and annual passes are available. There are several bike share kiosks adjacent to New School buildings.