The first eight yellow bicycles to be placed on Western Carolina University’s campus for public use were released at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Aug. 24 for the Yellow Bike Project.
Anyone who sees a yellow bicycle parked at a campus bicycle rack is invited to ride the bicycle to his or her campus destination and then leave the bicycle at another bicycle rack for the next rider.
“The bikes are available for everyone to use on campus, and more bikes will be released as they are refurbished,” said Angie Hagstrom Frederick, director of campus recreation and wellness.
The Yellow Bike Project was developed by WCU alumnus Stephen Benson and other members of the WCU Cycling Club as an alternative, healthy means of transportation on campus. Benson and other student volunteers gathered donated bicycles, repaired them and painted them yellow. A mini-grant from the Wellness Program paid for stickers and equipment. Base Camp Cullowhee donated space to work on the bicycles, and WCU’s Cycling Club, under the direction of co-presidents Chris Holden and Zach Heaton, will maintain them.
“The goals of the project are to promote a healthy lifestyle, promote a cleaner mode of transportation, have fewer vehicles driving around campus and provide a fun, quick way to move around campus,” said Benson.