UCLA students wanting use of a bike but not owning or having one on campus can now check one out on from the library--the UCLA Bike Library.
UCLA Transportation and UCLA Recreation, through funding provided for by The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), recently launched a campus bicycle library. The UCLA Bike Library provides bicycles for rent to UCLA students for only $35 for the entire quarter. The bicycle rentals are available through the UCLA Bike Shop, located in the John Wooden Center's Office of Outdoor Adventures.The bicycles available for rent are Felt Café Series hybrid city-style, 8-speed cruisers, which come equipped with front and rear fenders, front and rear lights, a rear rack, and even a cup holder mounted on the handlebar. Students also have the option of renting a combination cable and u-lock, and a helmet to go along with their bicycle.
“The Bike Library is another incremental improvement for bettering the bicycling world here at UCLA,” said Dave Karwaski, UCLA Transportation’s planning and policy manager. “Each year, our department commits funding to improve bicycling at UCLA, like increasing the number of bike racks across campus. However, our funding only stretches so far and it’s through partnerships like the one between our department, UCLA Recreation and TGIF that more great ideas like the Bike Library get implemented,” said Karwaski.
The Green Initiative Fund is grant funding for student-initiated sustainability projects on campus. Approved two years ago when the undergraduate student body voted to increase their quarterly student fees by $4 per quarter in order to fund it, TGIF raises approximately $200,000 annually. Projects that are selected for funding are voted on by a Grant Making Committee which consists of students, faculty, and staff.
“What the student TGIF Committee Members liked about the UCLA Bike Library was that it increased sustainable transportation by creating a solution for the UCLA students who either cannot afford a bike initially or not on campus for an extended period of time,” said Patty Zimmerman, TGIF Grant Coordinator.
Students can contact the UCLA Outdoor Adventures Community Bike Shop at (310) 206-1252 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to ‘check out’ a bike. UCLA’s Bike Shop is located on the 1st floor of the John Wooden Center, right next to the Outdoor Adventures Resource Center.