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Pedaling Sustainability at Temple

October 2, 2009

As another way to promote the University’s sustainability goals, Temple has launched a new initiative to encourage and build a bike culture on campus.

090809_BikeTU_001Bike Temple was begun as a way to make Temple more bike-friendly,” said Glenn Eck, assistant superintendent of grounds in the Office of Facilities Management and a member of the bicycle subcommittee under the Office of Sustainability.  “We want people to see bicycles as a reliable, routine form of transportation, not just a toy, or sorely recreational.”

A campus survey conducted last spring found that a lot people are interested in riding a bike for commuting to and from campus, but are hesitant because they don’t know where to purchase a bike or where they would get it serviced.  They also indicated a need to learn bicycling skills that would give them a comfort level riding on busy city streets.

Temple has partnered in this initiative with Fuji Bicycles; Breakaway Bikes, a Center City bike shop; and the Neighborhood Bike Works, a non-profit organization headquartered in West Philadelphia.  Fuji is offering about a dozen styles of bikes to Temple students and employees at a090809_BikeTU_013 discount though Breakaway Bikes, which has opened an on-campus shop/repair facility outside Barton Hall on 13th Street, between Berks Mall and Norris Street.

Bike Temple is part of Temple’s total movement towards carbon neutrality and part of its climate action plan, said Sandra McDade, director of Temple’s Office of Sustainability.

“By biking to and from campus, you reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that you put into the air,” she said.  “Many things that you do to reduce greenhouse gases have to do with behavior changes and clearly the bike culture is very well organized in how it’s moving its agenda forward.  I would like to see that culture change where people accept biking as a reasonable transportation alternative to driving or even taking public transportation.”

Additional information about Bike Temple can be found at http://www.temple.edu/sustainability/.

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