Wildcats for Sustainability is fighting for student-bikers to have a place to service bikes and more convenient places to park bikes on campus.
Krista Cukrowski, president of Wildcats for Sustainability, and Sean Branchaw, vice president of Wildcats for Sustainability and senior class president, are teaming up with facilities management to create a more beneficial campus for students that use bikes.
Branchaw said they hope to have the bike pump location planned by the end of this semester with the actual structure being installed next semester.
Cukrowski said she wants the pump to be visible and easily accessible on campus. She also said if the bike tire pump is widely used among students the Wildcats for Sustainability have more plans in store for the campus.
“We hope to upgrade within the next year to a ‘fix-it’ station, which is a nearly full, self-service bike station that is an innovative service for students that some college campuses already have,” Cukrowski said.
The bike fix-it station would include a QR code that can be used for step-by-step video instructions on how to repair certain bike problems. Cukrowski said they already have funds for the community bike tire pump and will most likely be doing fundraising and requesting financial support in order to complete the fix-it station sometime next year.
“We want to encourage more students to bike on campus,” said Cukrowski. “It is inherently sustainable in multiple ways, since it will be a shared item, saving everyone from having to own one, but most importantly it promotes good habits, especially for healthy sustainable living.”
In addition to the bike tire pump, Branchaw said he has reached out to ACU building representatives to encourage the placement of more bike racks on campus. Branchaw said the estimated cost for the bike racks would be $1,000 and is writing a bill to Congress for funding.
Branchaw said, “Overall, these changes encourage safety, sustainability, and entirely green practices on ACU campus.”
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