recycles reaches first anniversary

October 6, 2010

With 22 free bikes supplied by the Office of Sustainability, students, faculty and staff have travelled the campus and neighborhood quickly and cleanly using pedal power over the past year. recycles, the free campus bike share program launched in Fall 2009, grew to nearly 1,000 users within its first year of use and is becoming a popular way to motor around campus.

Marking its first anniversary, recycles got a brand new website, requiring current members to re-register with their CNetID or UCHADid. The upgrade aims to streamline the program, making it more user-friendly.

We are pleased to announce that with this upgrade, we now offer a number of new features:

  • A faster registration process (less than two minutes!)
  • The ability to log in to the website to view bike availability online
  • Improved and faster bike maintenance

In addition, recycles staff are pleased to announce the launch of the brand new South Campus Residence Hall/Edelstone bike share station. Bikes are locked in the plaza outside the undergraduate residence hall and may be checked out across the street from the Edelstone front desk (6030 S. Ellis Ave). This station replaces the earlier station at Social Service Administration, which was instrumental in recycles’ first-year success. Unfortunately, bike theft at this station necessitated a move.

To aid in the upkeep of the recycles fleet, the Office of Sustainability has hired a new bike share intern. Kevin Applewhite has over two years of bike maintenance experience under his belt. Kevin was awarded an apprenticeship with Blackstone Bicycle Works in the summer of 2008 and was hired as a full-time employee by Blackstone in 2009. He’s a graduate of Harper High School in Englewood and was an active participant in After School Matters with the Sunshine Gospel Ministry. Going between the Office of Sustainability and Blackstone, Kevin can often be found outside and around campus tending to the recycles bicycles; say hello if you see him!