Mesa State launches bike-share program

Mesa State College has introduced two environmentally friendly programs this fall: one that saves paper and one that helps students get around by bike.

The MAVbikes program offers silver Fuji cruiser bikes to any student willing to pay a $150 deposit and return the bike in good condition at the end of the semester.

The college will return the deposit when the bike is turned in.

Students also have the option of renting a bike in the MAVbikes cycle-share program each semester they attend the college.

Chad Thatcher, the coordinator of Mesa State’s outdoor program, said the idea surfaced when program members discovered many students who don’t ride bikes around campus abstain because they don’t have a bike or have a broken bike. After teaching some students how to fix flat tires, Thatcher said it was time for the outdoor program members and the college’s sustainability council to ask the college to start MAVbikes.

College President Tim Foster approved the idea and Associated Student Government members used student fee dollars to buy 50 bikes from Bicycle Outfitters, 431 Colorado Ave.

“It’s yours for the semester,” Thatcher said of the silver bike. “You can take it to China if you want, as long as you bring it back at the end of the semester.”

Just be responsible on that trip.

“If they bring it back and the bike is completely kaput, basically they bought a bike,” Thatcher said.

The college also purchased print-management software this year to implement the MAVprint program. The program charges students five cents to print a single-sided black and white page, eight cents to print a double-sided black and white page and 25 cents to print in color. Students receive $10 worth of printing jobs at the beginning of the semester.

The goal of the program is to save ink, toner and paper and the cost of transporting those resources. Fort Lewis College, Colorado State-Pueblo, Western State College, the University of Denver and the University of Northern Colorado have similar programs.


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