Roanoke College introduces RCycles bike-sharing program
SALEM, Va. - Roanoke College's Fintel Library is now the place to go to exercise both mind and body. RCSustain (the College's sustainability committee), Fintel Library and East Coasters Bicycle Shop are pleased to announce the launch of RCycles, a bicycle-sharing program. Initiated by the office of the president, this unique program is designed to support the use of bicycles as a sustainable transportation option and to encourage their use for short trips and errands in the vicinity of the College's campuses.
RCycles provides the free use of bicycles to Roanoke students, faculty and staff. Five bikes are available for checkout and may be kept up to seven days at a time. All that a borrower needs to do is present a College identification card and sign a release form. Helmets also are available for checkout.
The bicycles purchased by the College are Belleville models by Trek Bicycle. They are designed to reduce environmental impact and have pedal-powered generator lights to eliminate the need for batteries. The tires contain regrind and sustainable harvest rubber, and the steel frames, pedals, fenders, chain guards, racks and handlebars are all recyclable.
Dave Wiseman, manager of library information systems and co-coordinator of RCSustain, says that demand for the bicycles is high and that all of them were checked out in the first two days, with a waiting list. "Students tell me that it's been a very anticipated and well-received program," he says.
Phillip Sheridan was one of the first to check out a bike. "I live two miles from campus," he said. "Riding the bike takes just five minutes more to get to campus but I have a parking space every day -- right next to the building. Plus I'm getting exercise, being environmentally friendly and, at the same time, saving money on gas. I always try to add a little civil responsibility in my day whether it is to recycle or even donate clothes to Goodwill."
RCycles is just one of a number of recent sustainability efforts on campus. The RCycles launch follows on the heels of the reopening of Lucas Hall. The building underwent a two-year renovation and expansion project that focused on conservation and sustainability. Both efforts exemplify Roanoke's commitment to maintaining its classic college setting while minimizing its impact on the environment.
Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just 280 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast" and U.S. News & World Report includes Roanoke on its "Up-and-coming National Liberal Arts Colleges" list.For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.
Released: September 14, 2010
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