Last week I attended the 2010 AASHE Conference in Denver -- with 2,000 people who work in campus sustainability. Talk about inspiring! While I've been around this crowd for several years, I still learn new things. Most fun idea I heard about? The Buscycle.
According to their website, "the Busycle is a 15-person pedal-powered bus that travels in neighborhoods throughout the United States. The Busycle runs solely on the energy of its passengers. Anyone willing to pull their weight and pedal can be a Busycle passenger. The Busycle requires individuals to use their own will and physical strength to come together as a group to go from point A to point B."
Heck yah! How 'bout one of these babies rolling around B-ton? I can just see it now... Champlain students peddling in from Quarry Hill. Forget those belching diesel yellow buses! Until then, there are now eight bikes, helmets, and locks, available to Quarry students to borrow fore their ride to campus. You just need to contact faculty-in-residence, Gary Scudder, and he will grant you access.
Other transportation related projects around campus include a bike rack inventory & plan for putting more covered racks on campus. And, a group of folks from various transportation agencies and organizations are going up to Montreal to meet with the Bixi-bike company, to see if Burlington might host a bike sharing system of its own. Stay tuned!