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January 31, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU Green Fund approves two campus bike projects

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -The Green Fund Advisory Committee at Slippery Rock University has approved two grants for "Green Bike" programs totaling $2,100 for 2014.

The Green Fund approved $1,200 for installation of a Dero Fixit Bike Station requested by Paul Scanlon, special assistant to the president for sustainability planning and operations, and Bryanna Fencil, doctor of physical therapy student from Prospect. The fixit station will be installed spring semester outside Bailey Library.

The free-standing station offers students, faculty, staff and visitors the opportunity to make free bike repairs. The station itself is made from recycled steel.

The overall concept is to encourage bike ridership and diminished use of gas-fueled vehicles on campus.

The station includes all tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and chain derailleurs. The tools and air pump are securely attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners.

There is also a hanger on the fixit post to allow cyclists to work with pedals to spin wheels while making adjustments.

An online application allows for smart-phone connections for specific bike models through a Quick Read (QR) code on the front of the station.

In supporting the project, Scanlon said, the station would "provide a close and convenient way for campus individuals to repair their bicycles away from home. It will also promote a sustainable mindset on campus, decrease emissions related to automobile use and increase the wellbeing of individuals on campus by encouraging them to use bicycles instated of automobiles."

The committee also approved a $1,000 requested by Scanlon for "Green Bike Repairs." The project, which runs through March 31, will also encourage bike riding on campus. Students leading the project include geography, geology and environmental studies majors Max Scanlon, from Glenshaw and Joshua Lewis from Lancaster.

The Green Bike program involves loaning bicycles to members of the campus community for an entire semester.

The initiative will update a system for the loaner program by lottery for students, with priority given to those living off campus and will provide for the repair of existing bicycles used in the program. The funding will allow for repairs of bikes already part of the Green Bike program.

The Green Fund, created by student request, helps fund environmentally friendly projects and programs on campus. Green Fund grants of up to $20,000 in funds are available to support approved sustainably progressive projects, educational programs and activities that promote sustainability for SRU and its surrounding community.

Undergraduate or graduate student projects must be conducted in collaboration with a faculty or staff mentor. This is a competitive program administered by the Green Fund Advisory Board. Grants are issued each spring and fall semesters.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.