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Yellow Bike Club: Because Yellow is the New Green

Story posted September 18, 2009

Their yellow color makes them stand out; their unique names — The Dandy Lion, The Yellow Stallion, Megadrive 5000 — make them even more memorably identifiable. They are among the 40 bicycles scattered across campus that comprise Bowdoin's Yellow Bike Club (YBC) fleet.

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YBC's mission is simple: to provide an affordable and communal means of transportation for the Bowdoin community in a healthy and environmentally friendly way.

"It's the one thing I feel most passionate about in terms of my contribution to the Bowdoin community," says YBC student leader Jon Viera '11, who resurrected the club that originally formed during the 2006-2007 academic year.

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Jon Viera '11

"It's been through the Yellow Bike Club that I've discovered what it means to do something for the common good. In a lot of ways, I think the YBC brings something positive to not only our own well-being, but for the greater community because it's a simple, yet very sustainable practice."

It's also an especially useful option now that first-years don't have cars on campus.

For an annual fee of $15, which pays for the bikes' maintenance, members are given access to the expanded YBC fleet, which has more than tripled in size this fall. Membership is open to students, faculty and staff.

Visit the Yellow Bike Club Web site for more information.

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"The Yellow Bike Club serves two purposes," says
Educational Technology Consultant Nancy Grant, who
serves as YBC's staff advisor.

"It provides bikes for students who don't have one on
campus and it reduces the number of car trips by students."

Grant is also president of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.
Read more about Grant's bicycle advocacy.

The YBC program is made possible with help from the Student Activities Funding Committee and the Bowdoin Outing Club, whose bike mechanic course trains students to build bikes from scratch, which then become part of YBC's working fleet.

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