Sustainability grants benefit cyclists


New repair stations on campus will make it easier for campus cyclists to keep their bikes in shape.

Funded by the Office of Sustainability, Facilities Management Division and Recreational Sports, four Fixit Bike Repair Stands have been installed in Myers Quad, at the Miller Learning Center, at the Main Library and at the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities, where staff from UGA Outdoor Recreation teach bike repair clinics.

Each station contains a tire pump and basic tools so that campus cyclists have the ability to perform maintenance-related tasks without taking their bikes off campus to be fixed. A QR code on each station also will allow bicyclists to view detailed instructions on their smartphones.

The program was launched by Joseph Robinson, an undergraduate in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and a student worker in the Outdoor Recreation program. He received a campus sustainability grant from the Office of Sustainability to carry out the proposal.

Two other students are using sustainability grants for bike projects. Shafkat Khan, a doctoral student in the Odum School of Ecology, is partnering with Bike Athens to establish a cooperative to help teach bicycle maintenance and repair skills to students, faculty and staff. Sahana Srivatsan, a junior in the School of Public and International Affairs, is using his grant to expand UGA’s Bulldog Bikes campus bike-sharing program.

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