According to the WSA Mid-Year Survey, 94% of students who responded wanted to see a bike rental program created on campus. You wanted it, and we got it: over the course of the past semester, the WSA, the Environmental Organizer’s Network (EON), Legs Energized Get It Together (LEGIT), Physical Plant, Public Safety (PSafe), and Pedal Power collaborated to turn the idea into a reality. The Wesleyan Bike Rental Program (WesBikes), a fleet of 25 new, rentable bikes, will start at the beginning of the Fall 2010 Semester, providing a great affordable, convenient, and sustainable transportation option for students!
The way the program is set up, students participating will rent a bike, U-Lock, and helmet for either $25 or $20, depending on which rental period (see below) they are signed up for, and keep those items for use the duration of that rental period. There are two rental periods, the first lasting 8 weeks, the second lasting 6 weeks, as the program will not be operating when winter weather, and thus riding, conditions are most dangerous.
Rental Period 1 (8 Weeks – $25): Beginning of Fall 2010 Semester (Fri. 9/17/10) to A Few Weeks Before Leaving for Winter Break (Fri. 11/19/10)
Rental Period 2 (6 Weeks – $20): Returning from Spring Break (Fri. 3/25/11) to Before Leaving for Summer Break (Fri. 5/6/11)
Note: All dates subject to change.
Starting now and continuing through the beginning of the Fall 2010 Semester, anyone interested in participating in the program should send an e-mail to me saying so at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your name will then be added to the listserve, after which you’ll receive important updates and notifications about how, when, and where to rent a bike.
Over the next few weeks and summer, it’s important to spread the word about WesBikes to as many students as possible, as well as find students interested in helping run the program. If you’re interested in participating, tell your friends as well, and stay tuned for Wesleying posts and Argus articles for further updates. If you’re interested in assisting with publicity efforts, or wish to get involved with the administration and oversight of the program, including potentially becoming the Program Director, please e-mail me at the same address above.
I look forward to seeing many of you riding WesBikes around campus next year!