Students at Concordia can now check out more than just books from Carl B. Ylvisaker Library, thanks to the new COBBikes bike share program.
The 12 maroon bikes stand lined up in a new bike rack on the south side of the Knutson Campus Center. Each bike is numbered and sports the COBBIKES wordmark in gold letters.
Thanks to a partnership with the library, members of the Concordia community can borrow a bike for up to four hours by checking out a key and helmet from the circulation desk.
Dr. Ken Foster, chair of the President’s Sustainability Council, worked with students to make the bike share a reality.
“The reason I’m doing this is because students had the initiative,” he says.
One of these students was Kristina Kaupa ’14, who served as Student Environmental Alliance president and Student Government Association sustainability commissioner last year.
“One of (Kristina’s) great talents is she decides there’s a project that needs to be done and she pursues it to the end,” Foster says.
The realization of the COBBikes bike share program combined skills from all areas of Concordia’s campus, from the library to Facilities Management to Risk Management.
Students, faculty and staff gathered Monday afternoon to celebrate the launch of the program. Laura Probst, director of the library, shared her excitement about the program.
“Our primary work is to enhance the experience of students,” she says. “We’re looking forward to lots of bike riding.”
Foster believes the program will be beneficial to international students especially, giving them their own means of transportation.
English professor Dr. Dawn Duncan works closely with international students, pairing them with American students in her Inquiry Written Communication classes.
“Our international students are destined for (this program),” she says.
Though COBBikes has just begun, plans are already underway to build a shelter for the bike rack. Foster says they hope to install a bike fixing station and possibly more racks around campus.
“We’ll grow this over time,” he says.
Photo caption: Dr. William Craft, president of Concordia College, greets president of the Student Government Association, Alyssa Coop '15 at the dedication.