Students in the Environmental Studies Senior Integrative Experience launched the Community Bike Program on Wednesday, April 2 on the steps of the Scandling Campus Center. Nearly 40 bikes — painted in fluorescent yellow — are available for use by members of the HWS community at no charge to encourage the use of bikes for transportation instead of cars.
President Mark Gearan, Associate Professor Tom Drennen and the Green Team, a group of driven students with their sights set on a greener campus, rode the bikes around campus immediately after the unveiling in an effort to raise consciousness about the new green initiatives.
Through the Community Bike Program, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take a bike at any time, ride it to a campus destination, and then leave it for others to use. All are encouraged to wear proper safety equipment available for purchase at the Geneva Bicycle Center at 489 Exchange Street.
At the unveiling, Gearan discussed the significance of the new recycling and bike programs and what effects they will have on campus life, such as reducing the campus' collective carbon footprint. He was joined by Drennen, members of the Climate Commitment Task Force, and co-director of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment Dr. Anthony Cortese, who spoke later in the day as a guest of the President’s Forum Series.