1.) UIC Recycle/Rent Bike Shop
2.) This project would take anywhere from 6 months to 18 months to start up. Depending on how fast it is advertised throughout campus and surrounding neighborhoods.
3.) Although we have a couple of bike fix stations around campus, I believe they are not being used as much for two reasons: 1) Not many students own a bike because it can be costly purchasing a bicycle on top of their semester expenses. Also, most commuters rely on the train/bus to get to and from campus every day. 2.) Not all students that own a bike know how to fix their bike when something goes wrong. A UIC Recycle/Rent Bike Shop would benefit those who cannot afford their own bike by renting a recycled bike for free that was donated to UIC by people who no longer use their bikes. Having a shop for these recycled bicycles makes it easier for students that are renting to walk in and fix anything that is wrong with the bicycles or maybe just an area for any students to clean up their bicycles. It would not only be limited to students that rent from the shop.
UIC Recycle/Rent Bike Shop could also potentially have workshops on a monthly – or maybe even biweekly – basis on how to take care of a bicycle and how to fix a bicycle. The campus having a designated shop, whether it be a garage or small building space, will motivate students to start riding rather than wait for the train/bus, especially when the city has bike paths surrounding the entire campus. It will give riders a sense of belonging. The more bicycle related programs or resources UIC offers, the more likely the bicycle racks and fix stations around campus will be used.
4.) Since bicycles will be donated, the budget would pay for the space of the shop – a garage or a small building on campus or very close to the campus. It would also cover tools for maintenance, tables or racks to place bicycles on to fix them, racks to place the rental bikes until students check them out, and any advertisement needed to receive recycled bicycles and instructors to teach workshops. I would say this project would cost around $20,000, depending on if there’s already a garage or building to set up the shop. If not, it would cost more than $20k.
Funke, Daniel. “Campus Bike Recycling Programs Give Cash-strapped Students a Ride.” USA Today. Gannett Satellite Information Network, 15 Feb. 2015. Web. 08 Feb. 2017.