Belmont University recently launched the Belmont Bike Share Program – Belmont Bikes – as the latest campus-wide initiative to reduce the university’s carbon footprint. With the help of Halcyon Bike Shop, owned by a Belmont alumnus, the University has refurbished 10 bicycles which are now available to students, faculty and staff at no cost.
According to a recent USA Today article, there are only about 90 colleges and universities across the country who currently offer some type of campus bike program. Belmont joins with the city of Nashville in its introduction of the first free public bike rental program in the state of Tennessee – Bike Share Nashville.
The entire bike share program was researched and written by recent Belmont graduate Anna Higginbotham, a non-traditional adult student who pursued this project for an eco-justice class. Higginbotham said, “My hope is that the Belmont Bikes program will encourage riders to experience Belmont University and Nashville in a new way and to see the benefits of environmental stewardship while having fun and being active.”
The bikes are available for check out at Belmont’s Beaman Student Life Center between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. and can be checked out one day at a time. They are all different makes, models and sizes, and riders may take the bikes anywhere in the city.