A new campaign will be launched on Memorial University’s St. John’s campus next week that aims to promote the use of pedal bikes instead of motorized vehicles.
BikeShare will allow participants to borrow a well-maintained bicycle – donated by the greater community – to use for as little as a week or as long as a semester.
The program is open to Memorial students, staff and faculty members.
The new initiative is being co-ordinated by MUN Project Green in partnership with the Sierra Club – Atlantic Canada Chapter.
Membership is only $15, part of which is returned at the end of the semester. Participants can also volunteer three hours with Project Green instead of paying the fee.
BikeShare will be officially launched in the University Centre on Sept. 24. Organizers will be on site promoting the benefits of the program until Sept. 26. People will be able to register for the program, get information about global warming and what they can do to help, attend a bike repair workshop and attend a film screening.
“The purpose of BikeShare is to provide the university community with an affordable, environmentally friendly, healthy, and fun alternative to fossil fuel-based transportation,” explained co-ordinator Leah Fusco.
“This not only provides an important service to students, many of whom cannot afford a bike or cannot bring theirs to campus, but it is a good opportunity to educate the community about fossil fuel use and global warming.”
It also gives participants a chance to travel the city, something they may not have been able to afford to do before, added Ms. Fusco, who just finished her MA in sociology examining the environmental movement in this province and how it has responded to the offshore oil industry.
Organizers have depended on donations from the wider community such as the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary for the bikes and are still accepting donations.
Ms. Fusco said members will be able to visit Project Green’s website – www.mun.ca/projectgreen
– to learn how many bicycles are available and when.