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Farmington Hills Resident Goes Bike-Free at College

First-year student Clare Fitzsimons of Farmington Hills took a stand to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions, pledging to leave her car at home for the first two years on campus at University of Dayton. 

In exchange, the university gave Clare a brand new Linus bicycle at an outdoor festival on campus Friday, Aug. 30.

From coast to coast, "bike sharing" is the buzzword of the summer, and the University of Dayton is one of the first higher education institutions to give that term a whole new meaning by giving 100 bicycles to incoming first-year students who sign a pledge not to bring a car to campus the first two years.

A total of 293 students signed the pledge, and 100 were chosen at random to receive the bikes. Male students will receive a Linus Roadster Sport and female students will be given the LinusDutchi 3, all equipped with three-speed shifters and rear carrying racks.

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