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BHSU students encourage sustainable living with new bike program

 
 A BHSU student works on his bike at the new "fix-it" station on campus. The amenity is part of the Lisa Bike Program started last year by a group of recent BHSU graduates. Enactus, a BHSU student business organization, now runs the program.
A new Black Hills State University bike program founded last spring by a group of recent graduates has students and faculty exchanging their four-wheels for two.

The Lisa Bike Program is an environmentally sustainable and lower cost way to get around campus and town. This program lets students, faculty and staff lease out bikes for an assigned amount of time. The group recently installed a “fix-it” station thanks to some funding from Enactus, a BHSU business student organization, according to Rebecca Ellis, professional accountancy major from Rock Rapids, Iowa, and Lisa Bike Program president. The Lisa Bike Program, named from a play on words “Lease-a-bike,” started up this semester by getting the fix-it station and six bikes for students and faculty to lease out.

The fix-it station has a tire pump, wrenches and tools, and a place where students, faculty and staff can hang their bikes to work on them. “The fix-it station is open for anyone on campus to use,” Ellis said. “Enactus funded this and it is school property, but we take care of the maintenance of the station.”

This year the grant money was able to help the Lisa Bike Program purchase six bikes – three men’s and three women’s bikes - from Spearfish’s Two Wheeler Dealer. “We are really targeting this program toward the international students, so that they will have another way to get around town and campus other than walking, because they do not have vehicles here,” Ellis said.

The program was originally started by BHSU graduates Markus Heinrich, Nolan Schneider and Andrew Butterfield as a cost effective mode of transportation that would also promote a healthier and more environmentally friendly lifestyle. The student-run program is in line with BHSU’s commitment to sustainability. BHSU was the first University in the state to join the American College and University President's Climate Commitment and just recently enrolled in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, known as STARS to help assess progress in meeting sustainability goals. Two BHSU buildings have also earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.  The David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union was the first state building to earn this standard.

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