Free bikes and a new bike path welcome students this semester

For Immediate Release: August 30

Contact:
Matt Miller
Director of Wellness
Office: (417) 873-6991
E-mail: mmiller2@drury.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 30, 2010 — In an effort to increase bicycle use, decrease the use of fossil fuels and promote a wellness culture, Drury University will have 60 bikes available for use by students starting this semester. There is no cost to students to use the bikes, whether they are checked out for a few hours or for the entire semester. The bikes will be available for checkout for the first time on Monday, Aug. 30, from 3-5 p.m. in front of Weiser Gymnasium.

“This decision was made after a year-long discussion in the President’s Council on Sustainability about ways that we can enhance the bicycle culture on campus and encourage alternative transportation, particularly for students who live on campus,” says Dr. Wendy Anderson, director of campus sustainability. “We want to encourage students to get to class in ways other than their cars.”

Springfield Bicycle Company sold Drury 40 Jamis mountain bikes at a deep discount. The new bikes will be available for semester-long checkout. Twenty more used bicycles were donated by campus security, and those bikes will be available for short-term rentals. Each bike will come with a U-style lock. The President’s Council on Sustainability has hired students with mechanical abilities to help maintain the bikes.

Any student that checks out a bike but fails to return it will be charged a $250 replacement fee.

Beginning this semester, students will have a specific bike trail on campus. The approximately 175-yard paved path connects the Jefferson Park apartment complex on the northwest end of campus to the circle at the north end of Drury Lane. Construction on the trail was completed over the summer.

The bike path and the bike loan projects were both funded by the President’s Council on Sustainability and the President’s Council on Wellness.

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