Oct. 10, 2011 — California State University, Bakersfield hosted a Ribbon Cutting and Campus Bike Ride at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, in celebration of the new East-West Bike Path that was recently completed through campus. The bike path was funded by a $66,350 grant from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and the university's fines and forfeitures fund. It is part of a long-term project at CSUB to decrease vehicle traffic and air emissions on campus.
Tuesday's event took place at the Student Recreation Center and included a short inaugural bike ride and free Maui Wowi samples from the new smoothie bar on campus. There was also information about CSUB's plans for a bike share program and public transit hub, part of a larger commitment to alternative transportation and sustainability at CSUB.
"CSUB is a commuter campus. With more than 8,000 students and 1,000 faculty and staff, driving to and from campus is a way of life," said Evelyn Young, executive assistant to the CSUB president and the president's liaison for environmental sustainability. "The university, however, has a growing culture of environmental responsibility and there is strong support for reducing single occupant vehicle travel to campus."
CSUB has partnered with Bike Bakersfield, PG&E, and local bicycle shops to develop CSUB Cycles, a campus-wide bike share program. Still in the planning stages, when complete the program will provide 50 bicycles in self-serve, electronic bike racks on the campus that students, staff and faculty can borrow to make short trips on and off campus.
The university is also working with Kern Council of Governments and Golden Empire Transit to expand the bike share program into the community and to increase public transit schedules to the university. GET's short-range transit plan, to be voted on at its December board of directors meeting, includes rapid routes and a new end-of-line terminal to be located on the CSUB campus with bus shelters, a bike storage facility, and an electric car charging station. The university also is enhancing its rideshare program.
"The new bike path and bike share program will solve one of the most cited barriers to carpooling or taking the bus to campus – how those who use alternative transportation can make short distance trips once they are on campus," Young said. "Our goal is to make alternate transportation so attractive, convenient, safe, and enjoyable that vehicle use becomes a second or even third choice for transportation."
For more information about CSUB's sustainability programs, contact Evelyn Young at 661-654-2241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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