Mobile mechanics on call through winter
As temperatures drop and CU is covered with snow, the campus Bike Station is now closed for winter and will reopen in March 2008.
“The number of bikers definitely goes down during the winter months,” said Tracy Calvin, CU transportation outreach coordinator. “But there are also dedicated bikers out there that don’t let anything stop them.”
The Bike Station provides CU cyclists with bike registration, flat fixes, minor repairs, and route and map information. It is located just east of the UMC on the fine arts lawn.
During the winter months, the bike station staff is reaching out to the campus community by providing mobile mechanic services, with the new Mobile Mechanic Program.
“During the winter months, we receive about one or two requests for mobile repair each day,” Calvin said.
Bike mechanics will come to offices or dorms and fix bicycles by appointment. They are equipped with all the tools and parts necessary to complete basic bike repairs.
One of the top priorities of the Bike Station is to have every bicycle on campus registered.
The benefits of having a registered bike include certain services not available to unregistered bikes. Registered bikes are less likely to be stolen because they are harder to resell, and police will not follow up on stolen bicycle reports on unregistered bikes.
In 2006, a study showed that 21 percent of CU students use a bicycle for their school commute, compared to 27 percent of students that walk and 26 percent that use the bus system.
The CU Bike Station will open for the new season the first Monday in March 2008.
Contact Campus Press Staff Writer Sarah Ruybalid at Sarah.Ruybalid@thecampuspress.com.