The Whitman College Bike Share Program was established as a student-led pilot program in the spring of 2012 by the Campus Climate Coalition. This initial program allowed students to check out a bike to do errands, get some exercise, or take a leisurely ride in the wheat fields. In Fall of 2016 with the help of the ASWC, OELF, the Outdoor Program, and Campus Security the campus Bike Share transitioned to the Office of Sustainability. In order to transition the pilot program into a fully functional campus Bike Share, the Outdoor Environmental Leadership Fund provided a grant in 2016 for the purchase of 8 Captiva Cruiser Bicycles. The sustainability office has been working to make these bikes better by adding baskets and experimenting with ways to keep the bikes from getting flat tires.
Currently, there are 8 Bike Share bikes available to check out for free. The program is coordinated through the Office of Sustainability and bikes are maintained by the office’s Bike Share Assistant. Students can check out the bikes from the Penrose Library circulation desk 24 hours a day. It works a lot like a book, except with gears! Helmets and lights are also available for checkout; we want people to be safe while they’re having a blast.
Bike share is about more than just cycling, it is vital for allowing all Whitties to get where they need to go, especially for those without cars. Donations are always welcome to maintain and expand bike share to better serve students at Whitman.