UBC Reports | Vol. 49 | No. 9 | Sep.
Bike Hub Re-born in SUB
Bike Kitchen cooking with consolidated programs
By Michelle Cook
The university has approved $137,500 in funding for the Bike
Co-op to set up a full-service facility in the Student Union
Building (SUB) for UBCs two-wheeled commuters.
The funds, matched by the Alma Mater Society, will be used
to renovate an undeveloped space in the SUB basement adjacent
to the Co-ops retail outlet, the Bike Kitchen. The new
Bike Hub will allow the Co-op to consolidate its programs
and activities in one location for the first time since the
club was formed in 1998.
There are 3,000 bike trips made daily to campus,
says Geoff Atkins, associate vice-president of Land and Building
Services. We wanted to ensure that since were
leading North American campuses in sustainability, and in
initiatives like U-Pass and the TREK Program, that we keep
the momentum going for all the great things the Bike Co-op
has been doing.
He adds that the Bike Co-op is an integral part of the universitys
strategy to move people out of single occupant vehicles.
The university will fund the Hub renovations through the
UBC TREK Program, which promotes sustainable transportation
alternatives on campus, and the new Sustainability Co-ordinator
Disbursement Fund (see sidebar).
Bike Co-op president Melissa Niemeyer says the amount of
money the university is providing is unprecedented for a bike
project, and has helped the club realize its long-term goal
of finding a prominent location on campus.
The SUB is really the best place we could be in the
long run, Niemeyer said. Weve been featured
three times in the Macleans [magazine] university rankings
issue and we get calls from around the world asking for advice
on setting up a bike co-op, but the feeling is that were
still not well known on campus.
Im excited that now more people will see us and
become interested in getting involved.
In addition to repairing and selling bikes and selling new
and used parts at the Bike Kitchen, the Co-op operates a build-a-bike
program and the campus fleet of purple and yellow loaner bikes.
It has been looking for new space for the Bike Hub since learning,
last January, that Land and Building Services needed to demolish
the shed it had been using behind the MacMillan Building to
make room for additional campus parking.
When it opens in January 2004, the 234-square-metre facility
is expected to offer a range of end-of-trip services for bike
commuters. Until renovations are complete, the Co-op will
operate out of the Bike Kitchen, a temporary office in the
SUB and a fenced-off area near Gage Towers. Some existing
programs will be put on hold until the new space is ready.