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Earth Day Gotcha Bike Ride Rescheduled

TAPS and the Binghamton University Bike Share group will be leading two group bike rides around campus at noon and 2 p.m., Monday, April 30. The rides will begin at the Gotcha Bike rack between the Lecture Hall and Einstein's. A map of the planned route can be found below. Gotcha bikes will be available free of charge or you may use your own bike. If you are interested in participating, RSVP to taps@binghamton.edu by Friday, April 27. The first 30 people to sign up for a bike ride will receive a t-shirt. TAPS and the Bike Share group will also be tabling and handing our giveaways to new Gotcha Bike members from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Gotcha Bike rack between the Lecture Hall and Einstein's.

Bike Route

Office Hours

Tanya Husick, executive director of Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS), wants to hear from you. Tanya will host office hours once a month. Anyone who wishes to meet with Tanya may stop by AD-245 during the times listed below. Email taps@binghamton.edu for additional information.

  • May 2, 2018, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

New fleet of green bikes available around campus

The Bike Share program announces Gotcha Bike, a bike share and technology company. There are 30 new Binghamton University bikes located in four locations on the main campus. Visit the Bike Share website to find a location nearest you

So how does it work? Download the free Gotcha app at http://app.socialbicycles.com to your smartphone to join and reserve, or reserve a bike on the bike itself. Once you've reserved a ride, enter your four-digit PIN code on the keypad to unlock the bike. Bikes may be reserved at no charge for two hours. 

Gotcha Bike currently operates bike share systems on 29 collegiate, residential and corporate campuses across the United States. To date, more than 29,000 members have biked off 9,500,000 calories over 252,581 trips while concurrently reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 217,527 pounds, versus driving. 

For more information on Gotcha Bike and the upgraded Binghamton University Bike Share program, visit gotchabike.com/binghamtonu.

License Plate Recognition

TAPS integrated a new parking software that utilizes License Plate Recognition (LPR) to improve the parking experience on campus.

What is LPR?
License Plate Recognition, or LPR, is a plate-recognition technology that associates parking permits to a license plate and not a sticker decal or hangtag. This technology virtually links license plates to a permit.

How does LPR work? 
Permits are virtually linked to your license plate and LPR will be used to enforce campus parking violations. Parking Services will have an LPR camera-equipped vehicle that will verify a permit has been purchased against the LPR database. For the scan to work correctly, a license plate must be visible from the drive lane. If you are from a state that does not require a front license plate, for example Pennsylvania, vehicles must be pulled into a space nose first. If a license plate is not registered in the LPR system or is not visible for scanning, that vehicle may receive a citation. Parking Services will issue warnings to those needing plate replacement and allow sufficient time to comply. Requests for peeling license plates can be made by contacting the New York State DMV.  Commuter and resident lot designations have not changed and still apply.

How does LPR benefit me? 
LPR will simplify the permit purchasing process. Permits may be purchased online and confirmation will be emailed. Once a confirmation has been received, the permit is active. LPR will eliminate waiting for decals in the mail or waiting at the Parking Services office to pick them up. This technology provides immediate permit verification. Students, faculty and staff will no longer need to affix decals to their vehicles or pay to have a lost or stolen decal replaced. 

Additional parking updates:
TAPS will be integrating its parking software. Citation appeals and updated vehicle information may be submitted online. If there is a need to modify license plate or other vehicle information, you can now easily update this information from your online account which includes temporary vehicle license plate information. Each permit holder will also have one courtesy card per semester associated with their account.

License Plate Recognition Privacy Policy

 

Last Updated: 4/23/18