Self-service repair station brings convenience to bicyclists
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Bicycling on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus became more convenient this past year. A self-service bike repair station was installed on the north side of the Markee Pioneer Student Center. It includes a hand-operated air pump, wrenches, screwdrivers and a stand to securely hold the bike while it is being repaired. The station also features a QR code for bicyclists to scan and access online instructions for bicycle repair.
“The feedback has been great,” said Amy Seeboth, UW-Platteville sustainability coordinator. “Students have already been asking if there will be others installed across campus.”
This is one of several measures UW-Platteville has implemented over the past year to create a more bicycle-friendly campus. Last summer, parking for an additional 600 bikes was added with new bike racks across campus, and yellow dotted lines on the sidewalk were put in place to help prevent collisions.
Recognizing that students who rely on bicycling as their mode of transportation also need access to other parts of the city, Seeboth has also started a new adopt-a-trail program to enhance the routes cyclists can use. Platteville has over eight miles of public trails connecting the campus to the greater community. Seeboth divided the trail network into 13 sections, and arranged for student organizations to adopt them, with a commitment to help keep them clean. Within a month of introducing the program, 11 of the trail segments were adopted.
“Biking gives people great exercise, and it can actually get you places faster in town,” said Seeboth. “It can save time between classes and money. There is also evidence biking can improve your mood.”
For more information on bicycling on campus, visit the website.
Contact: Amy Seeboth, UW-Platteville sustainability coordinator, (608) 342-7244, firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by: Alison Parkins, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1526, email@example.com