posted on January 06, 2009 16:09
|Myron Sullivan, director of public safety & parking, displays some of the bikes that will be available for students, faculty, and staff use. This program is being implemented as part of the continuous effort to ‘Go Green’.
In a continuous effort to ‘Go Green,’ Black Hills State University is now offering bicycles for student, faculty, and staff use.
The bikes, easily identified by the green and gold paint and BHSU stickers, are available in bike racks across campus. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to use the bikes to travel across campus and run errands in the Spearfish community. Upon reaching their destination on campus, the bikes are to be placed in the closest bike rack to allow for use by others.
Myron Sullivan, director of public safety & parking, and his department will oversee the bike program. The University acquired several bikes and had them painted and inspected at Rushmore Mountain Sports in Spearfish. Sullivan says the University may expand the program if it is frequently used.
“We encourage students and staff to use the bikes as a healthy and environmental friendly alternative to driving,” BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp says. “We hope that people will use the bikes regularly and see this as an efficient and fun alternate mode of transportation.”
She notes that bike-sharing programs are not a new creation. The concept was introduced in Europe in the 60s as a means to protect the environment through the use of sustainable transportation. Often as students and faculty become accustomed to using bikes on campus, they choose to purchase a bike for off-campus use as well.
For more information, contact Sullivan at 642-6297 or MyronSullivan@BHSU.edu.