Learning to Be a Bike Commuter with the Yellow Bike
Posted Oct 13 2009 10:06pm
A few years ago, Northern Arizona University instituted a bike share program to reduce the university's transportation emissions and encourage biking and walking to class, as opposed to driving to class (NAU actually has student parking at academic buildings, something I never experienced at University of Georgia or University of Louisville and was probably in better physical shape for it). Originally, NAU provided the bikes to the Center for Sustainable Environments from its collection of abandoned bikes. The bikes were painted yellow and use is limited to campus with hopes of expanding the program to off campus as the students and Flagstaff gain more sophistication are the bike share concept.
A week ago I found a several large bike racks on campus with the yellow bikes locked to them. I saw neither students or faculty checking them out, although bike racks all around campus filled with bikes at the beginning of fall semester. I wondered how students and staff get access to the bikes. Maybe if information about the program were easily found on the NAU website? Still, it's nice to see a bike share program in Flagstaff, even if it is limited to campus.