|We offer free-use bicycles for Duke community members in the Biological Sciences Building to ride around campus or to Durham commercial areas. We base our project on the groundbreaking programs in Copenhagen, Denmark and Portland, Oregon that place bicycles around their communities for anyone to use at any time. We encourage people to ride rather than drive--riding is healthy, environmentally friendly, and is community oriented.|
|Our free-use bike program is located at the front of the Biological Sciences Building. Bicycles are stored at the bicycle racks in front of the Biological Sciences building. Bicycles can be signed out from a convenient cabinet located just inside the main entrance of the building. With this sign-out sheet there are a number of bicycle helmets which riders are required to use. Anyone using the bicycles must sign a release form prior to first use.|
|SAFETY||We believe Duke University is an ideal location for a community bicycling project. First, Duke’s moderately large campus with limited automobile access (both driving and parking) often makes bicycle trips more quick and easy than those same trips done by car. Second, bicycling is a good form of exercise. Third, bicycling in and around campus fosters closer ties with the local community. Finally, the temperate weather in Durham makes it suitable to use a bicycle year-round.|
|HOW TO VOLUNTEER||
All the bicycles were donated from members of the Duke community. We are sponsored by the Duke University community service fund and the Cycle Center on Broad Street in Durham. A group of dedicated volunteers maintain the bicycles and in return for their time, volunteers have free access to the bicycle repair room for their own bicycles.
|RECENT & UPCOMING EVENTS||
There already exists a strong interest in environmental issues among the biologists in the building and we believe that implementing a program that makes environmentally friendly choices even easier will be well-received. This program also should be a strong signal to the rest of the university about the importance of making good choices for the health of our environment, our bodies and the community.
by Barbara Ballentine and Micheal Wolosin