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W&L's Blue Bikes Are Back

The Blue Bikes are back at Washington and Lee — and they’ve multiplied.

The Blue Bike Program, sponsored by Campus Recreation, makes bicycles available on either a short-term or long-term basis, to get to a class on time or to use as transportation around town or campus for a week.

This week 15 new Blue Bikes have appeared outside Elrod Commons and are ready to be  signed out, for use.

James Dick, director of student programming and recreation, notes that the Blue Bike program is being funded through the generous donation of a W&L alum and that there are two types of bikes from which to choose.

“Blue cruiser-type single speed bikes, locks and helmets are available for week-long checkout through Leyburn Library,” James explains. “Free, first-come, first-served, unlocked Blue Bikes will be placed at various bike racks around campus for single day use.”

According to James, the bikes’ locations will be Wilson Hall, Lewis Hall, the Science Center and near Kappa Sigma in Davidson Park. The bikes are maintained weekly by student employees of the Outing Club.  Future plans include adding additional bikes, installing fix-it stations around campus and having more “Bike to School/Work” initiatives throughout the year.  Any used, working bikes are also wanted for the program. Please send any comments or questions to bluebiker@wlu.edu.

According to Chris Wise, environmental management coordinator in Facilities Management,  the bikes provide an environmental-friendly alternative to motor vehicles, “resulting in clearer air and better health, less traffic and more open parking spaces, less oil consumed and fewer greenhouse gases emitted.”

All the details on how students, faculty and staff can participate are available at the Blue Bike Program website.