Biking @ Dickinson
Dickinson Bikes: Connecting Dickinson to the Biking World
Dickinson College is committed to sustainability. Biking is a great way for a small residential campus to reduce it's carbon emissions and build a community of students who value sustainable transportation. The Center for Sustainability Education (CSE) coordinates biking programs and events to help raise awareness and make biking easier for our campus & community members. Dickinson Bikes, is a student-maintained blog that summarizes campus information and events, The Handlebar Bike Shop, and our Green Bike and Red Bike programs. It is easy for students, faculty, and staff to come together for rides, repairs, and events. The biking culture grew quickly, and CSE is always looking for more volunteers to get involved in these programs.
The Handlebar is an on-campus teaching bike repair shop that was created by the Dickinson Community, for the Dickinson Community. The vision became a reality after joint efforts by the Center for Sustainability Education (CSE) and the Dickinson IdeaFund. Now operated by CSE interns and student and staff volunteers, The Handlebar services members of the Dickinson College community, aiming to increase bicycle use, repair services and bike-related knowledge on campus. The shop believes in equitable access, affordability and a strong sense of community. The Handlebar increases social and environmental consciousness through hands-on learning, networking and teaching.
Red Bike Program:
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. The program is easy and free of charge.
Green Bike Program:
Dickinson’s Green Bikes Program, coordinated by CSE, is available to members of the College
community, and 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 from The
Handlebar’s fleet for an entire semester, so long as they provide a
refundable $25 deposit and promise to treat the bike with care!
Bike to Farm Potluck:
Is there a better way to spend a Friday night then biking out to the farm, eating delicious food, sitting around a bonfire and watching a movie? This Dickinson tradition that occurs once a semester allows students, faculty, staff, and their families to bike 6.3 miles to the Dickinson College Organic Farm, share dinner, music, movies, bonfire, and friendship. Once the sun goes down, transportation is provided back to campus for all bikers and their gear.