St. Olaf’s “Green Bikes” Program

Here’s a cool story that appeared in my inbox the other day, as forwarded by David Gonnerman, media relations person for St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota:

When Rajan Bhandari ’12 wants to get to class, go shopping, or just take in a change of scenery, he heads to the library.

That’s where he can check out one of St. Olaf College’s new “green bikes.” The fleet of 19 new Trek commuter bicycles available for students to use is three times larger than last year. A checkout system for the bikes is administered through Rolvaag Library, and a covered, two-tiered rack housing the bikes is located just outside the library.


Green Bikes, St. Olaf College’s student-managed bike-sharing program, has existed for nearly five years, but it is only in the past two years that the program has really taken off. Initially, it was hampered by maintenance and accountability issues as well as a lack of quality bikes. During his four years at St. Olaf, Daniel Novak ’11 led a student effort to transform Green Bikes into a successful operation. The hard work finally paid off last spring, when Green Bikes was awarded a grant that enabled it to purchase a new fleet of bikes from Milltown Cycles.

Read the rest of the story by clicking here. Campuses across the nation are turning to bikes as a means to get students around the area — it’s a smart solution, as many colleges are overcrowded with cars and insufficient/expensive parking. St. Olaf gets extra props for administering this Green Bikes program through their library (for those of you who don’t know: when I am not enjoying life as a quasi-celebrity bicycle blogger, I am a mild-mannered librarian).

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Bicycle commuter since 1989, bicycle enthusiast for 30+ years. I am a Bookmobile/Books By Mail librarian at a large library system and the proud father of two wonderful boys.