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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.76
Liaison Trina Innes
Submission Date Oct. 10, 2014
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STARS v1.2

University of Alberta
OP-T2-26: Bicycle Sharing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Kerstyn Lane
Program Manager
Sustain SU: The Student Sustainability Service
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Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:
Yes

A brief description of the program, including an indication of its scope (e.g., the number of bicycles the program makes available, participation levels, etc.):

SUSTAIN SU BIKE LIBRARY & WORKSHOP

The Sustain SU Bike Library is a service of the Students' Union, supported by the institution. The Bike Library has an inventory of approximately 50 bicycles, which are rented out from April to October, to all members of the campus community, including students, staff and faculty. Bicycles are rented by the month, and for a $40 deposit and a $20 rental fee, renters get a bike, u-lock, a bell and two lights. A deduction from the $40 deposit may occur if damage is noted or if any of the accompanying accessories are not returned. The Bike Library does not provide helmets, although their use is strongly encouraged.

In addition, the Bike Library offers bicycle repair services, provided by their Bike Library mechanic, who holds a paid position of 12 hours a week from May-August and 10 hours a week from September-April. This position has been supported by the institution since 2009. In addition, volunteer bicycle mechanics are trained by the Bike Library mechanic to perform inspections and repairs. This service allows students to have their bicycles repaired, free of charge. Other campus community members are encouraged to use the service by donation. The Sustain SU Bike Library & Workshop also periodically hosts bike checks during the school year, whereby anyone on campus can bring their bicycle and receive a free inspection and tune-up. Workshops are also offered on topics such as basic bike maintenance and winter cycling.

The University of Alberta’s Office of Sustainability provides in-kind and financial support directly to Sustain SU for the Bicycle Library. Contributions are explored and approved annually via sponsorship and collaboration agreements.


The website URL where information about the program, policy, or practice is available:

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