Initiatives and Programs

Students in Handlebar

The Handlebar:

The Handlebar, launched in 2011 by students, faculty and staff in collaboration with the Center for Sustainability Education and the Idea Fund, strengthens Dickinson’s living laboratory for sustainability education by providing a context for meaningful service, community building, resource sharing and experiential learning. In The Handlebar, students, faculty and staff work as leaders and volunteers assisting fellow members of the Dickinson Community to learn the skills of bike repair and maintenance, building their own bike mechanic and leadership skills, participating in a program that reclaims and reuses materials to provide a valuable environment-friendly benefit to the community, and promoting life skills for more active, healthier and sustainable living.

Bike Share:

Two free bike-share programs lend bikes to all Dickinsonians in an effort to increase biking on and around campus.

Dickinson’s Green Bikes Program, available to members of the College community, extends from The Handlebar’s efforts to increase bicycle use on campus while supporting sustainable reuse of bikes and bike parts. Students, faculty & staff can borrow a Green Bike, rebuilt by students, faculty or staff from the fleet for an entire semester ($25 deposit required).

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) loans bikes to members of the Dickinson College community through its Red Bikes program. Students, faculty, staff, and their visiting family members may borrow a bike for a few hours– or an entire day– so long as they return the bike before sundown of that same day.

Bike Racks:

Dickinson College has invested in many bike racks across campus to provide convenient and safe bike parking for all.

Bike Storage:

The Center for Sustainability Education offers free, secure, indoor, long-term bike storage in the basement of Kaufman Hall over winter and summer breaks. Contact biking@dickinson.edu for more information.

Biking Listserve:

The Biking @ Dickinson listserve has over 300 subscribers, from Dickinson & beyond, that are interested in sharing information, events, routes, rides, safety information, videos, and making connections. Subscribe today!