March 30, 2011-As part of its ongoing effort to encourage green transportation methods, University of Utah Commuter Services has installed two bicycle repair stands on campus. The stands are located by the bicycle collective in the business loop and at the southwest corner of the Olpin Student Union. These repair stations stands are the first of their kind on campus and other locations are being studied for additional stands.
“The bike repair stands are designed to offer essential support tools for the maintenance of bicycles. We installed them in an effort to support anyone who chooses cycling as a way to get to campus,” said Chad Larsen, manager of shuttles for commuter services. “We are excited about adding one more convenience for cyclists in our continuing effort to cut down on green house gas emissions.” Each repair station is equipped with an air pump and other basic tools.
For the past few years, commuter services has promoted cycling to campus as a convenient, healthy and a “green” alternative to driving. The department says it’s virtually cost-free and allows much closer access to a person’s destination in comparison to automobile parking lots.
The repair stands were designed and purchased from Minnesota-based Dero Bike Racks, which has been marketing its Dero Fixit models to universities all across the country. For a look at the design visit: http://www.dero.com/products/fixit.
For information about biking to the University of Utah Campus visit: http://www.parking.utah.edu/bike/index.html#guidelines