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WSU Semester Bikes

WSU Semester Bicycle Rentals $10,000 Green Fund Proposal This project’s goal is to move students around Pullman quickly, affordably, safely, healthfully and sustainably.

By the BikePullman initiative, part of the WSU Developing Sustainable Communities club https://www.facebook.com/bikepullman/ Presented to WSU Sustainability and Environment Committee on April 16th, 2018.


WSU Semester Bikes

Bicycles are the second fastest way to get around pullman, as illustrated by this hypothetical commute between Apartmentland and the CUB.

#1 - Car 10 min*

#2 - Bike 12 min*

#3 - Bus 25 min*

#4 - Walking 32 min* * Includes parking and walking to CUB.


WSU Semester Bikes Increased numbers of students cycling to campus eases peak demand for transit and parking...

‌ and makes use of WSU’s increasingly complete bicycle network. Increased ridership will drive further investment in the cycle network, making streets safer for all road users.


WSU Semester Bikes

Move students around Pullman quickly, affordably, safely, healthfully and sustainably.

Source: Davis Enterprise Ease peak bus demand

Reduce student parking demand

Improve student health & mobility

Improve safety & infrastructure


WSU Semester Bikes

The lack of access to bicycles is a major barrier to bicycling at WSU. Bicycles are cumbersome for students to transport from their homes in Western Washington to WSU Pullman. Purchasing a new bicycle is unaffordable for many students. Many interviewed students have expressed that having access to a bicycle would enable them to go to more events, apply for jobs across town, and get to campus quicker.

Source: My Modern Met


WSU Semester Bikes

Semester Rentals

Coug Bikes (the new WSU Green Bikes)

Bicycling to campus Bicycling to jobs and social events (Like a car)

Bicycling around campus Bicycling between campus and town (Like a taxi)


WSU Semester Bikes

Rental at $50 / semester

Covers all maintenance. Fully equipped bicycle and helmet included.

$10,000

Liability

Same as the existing UREC rental program (12 bicycles)

Green Fund Grant Other Semester Rental Programs

20 bikes at ($500 / bike)

University of Michigan ($75 / semester) Oregon State University ($45 / semester) University of Colorado ($50 for the 1st semester + $20 each additional)

Proposed Timeline

Summer 2018 - place orders for bicycles. Fall 2018 - advertisement and rental begins.


WSU Semester Bikes Potential bicycle identified by UREC staff The BikePullman team consulted UREC Rental Shop staff in developing the proposal.

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Breezer Uptown $430 MSRP before discount Easy to maintain Variety of sizes Range of speeds

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WSU Semester Bikes

Questions raised in post-presentation discussion

Post-Presentation DISCUSSION & NEW IDEAS


WSU Semester Bikes

Questions raised in post-presentation discussion

Improving bicycle safety around pedestrians How can students be educated about respectful bicycling around pedestrians? Life span and replacement of the bicycles How will the bicycles be replaced after their 5 year lifespan, especially if the rental fee is reduced to only cover maintenance? Refurbishment of abandoned bicycles Are there opportunities to refurbish abandoned bicycles to reduce project cost? Assessing demand Can BikePullman assess the demand for bicycle rentals prior to purchasing bicycles? Storage Where will the rentals be stored at UREC? Rental Fee Is $50.00 high enough to cover program costs & replacement?


WSU Semester Bikes

Post-meeting proposed alternatives

Option A: Semester Rentals through UREC (new bicycles) Work with UREC to refine the storage, fee structure, and replacement logistics of the proposed semester rental program. Option B: Semester Rentals through UREC (refurbished bicycles) Option C: Low-Cost bicycle sales through WSU Surplus Work with WSU Surplus to assess the feasibility of developing a surplus and bicycle refurbishment program. Roughly 50 - 75 abandoned bicycles come to WSU surplus each year.


WSU Semester Bikes

Questions raised in post-presentation discussion

Presented to WSU Sustainability and Environment Committee on April 16th, 2018. WSU Semester Bicycle Rentals through UREC’s Rental Shop $10,000 Green Fund Proposal BikePullman initiative, part of the WSU Developing Sustainable Communities club https://www.facebook.com/bikepullman/

WSU Bike Rental Proposal Presentation - April 16th, 2018  

Presentation to WSU's Sustainability and Environment Committee on April 16th, 2018. Follow BikePullman @ https://www.facebook.com/bikepullm...

WSU Bike Rental Proposal Presentation - April 16th, 2018  

Presentation to WSU's Sustainability and Environment Committee on April 16th, 2018. Follow BikePullman @ https://www.facebook.com/bikepullm...

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