June 2, 2016
Terrace, BC—In celebration of Bike to Work Week, Northwest Community College (NWCC) is kicking off its new Bike Share Program. Students with valid NWCC library cards can borrow bicycles from our Terrace Campus library. Bikes can be checked-out on a first come, first served basis for up to 24-hours or over the weekend.
The idea of the Bike Share Program came from a team that participated in the College’s Staff Leadership Training program. As a capstone project, each team proposed an innovation that could make NWCC more student-centred. This is the first of five ideas to be formally implemented.
“With the Terrace campus located quite a distance from restaurants and shops, we hope that a bike share can improve the students’ experience, making it easier for them to get around town, get some groceries, whatever they need to do,” said Kelly Swain, an NWCC staff member working on this initiative. “It’s a trend that has been highly successful in other cities and it makes a lot of sense.”
“We are starting with one bike, but our goal is to have a fleet of 10 on the Terrace campus,” said Nina da Silva, one of the organizing team members. “This is a pilot. If there is sufficient demand and it's viable, we could definitely expand it to our other campuses.”
Canadian Tire has donated three helmets and three bike locks to support this initiative.
The College is looking for more bicycle donations to build the fleet. Anyone wishing to donate a bike to the program should call Karen Westby at 250-635-6511 ext. 5228 for more information.
An NWCC instructor will refurbish bicycles with the help of students, providing the added benefit of an opportunity to learn bike maintenance skills.
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