Green Bikes History
UAF Green Bikes is a student-funded program that offers short and long-term bike rentals and mechanical help. The program started in the fall of 2010 by graduate students Ben Abbott and Michaela Swanson. In the spring of 2011, a twenty-bike fleet was acquired and three mechanics were hired and trained. Under the supervision of UAF’s Outdoor Adventures, the program experienced rapid growth.
Now supervised by the UAF Office of Sustainability, the Green Bikes program maintains over 100 bikes, offers regular clinics, maintains weekly mechanic office hours, and works with local officials to promote a safer environment for cyclists. To continue this growth, we plan on working with local bike shops, connecting with cyclist groups, and helping with community events including ‘Bike to Work Week’ and ‘Earth Day’ celebrations.
UAF Green Bikes strives to increase sustainable transportation, student health, and recycling within the campus community. The purpose of the UAF Green Bikes program is to educate and empower students while promoting year-round bicycle use on campus.
To meet our goals, we maintain and provide all-season long-term bicycle rentals for students, low-cost short-term rentals, clinics covering both mechanical and riding skills, and act as a hub for cycling advocacy and outreach on campus.
1. Transportation – Encourage biking to reduce UAF’s non-renewable consumption; help make UAF a friendlier place for bikes and walkers; help make bike commuting viable year-round in Fairbanks, Alaska.
2. Student health – Provide opportunities for students to get more exercise; grow the biking and exercise community at UAF.
3. Recycling – Turn trash into transportation by repairing and refurbishing donated and salvaged bikes; teach and help students properly maintain their own bikes to reduce waste.
4. Advocacy – Help break down barriers and stereotypes concerning biking and sustainability; encourage administrators and student leaders to make sustainability a priority; be actively involved in decisions affecting UAF infrastructure, transportation, and sustainability.
We Need Used Bikes!
If you have an extra bike laying around and are interested in donating it to the program, please contact us!
Please keep in mind that, while all donations are greatly appreciated, we may need to inspect your bike to assess the number of mechanic hours and amount of parts needed to get it road-ready before it can be accepted.