Bike sharing program is the result of Student Government Association initiative
by Susie P. Gonzalez
Sometimes a bicycle is the best way to get where you’re going, and now the bike-sharing program known as B-Cycle is coming to Trinity University as an environmentally-friendly, low-cost mode of transportation.
The bikes have been branded with the Trinity University logo and have been installed on the lower campus near residence halls where most students live. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, March 20 near McLean Residence Hall. The bicycles will then be available for reservation and rental. As many as 10 bikes should be available.
The B-Cycle program arrives after numerous leaders of Trinity’s Student Government Association fought for its installation. Nick Santulli, the current SGA president, said, “I'm excited to see my predecessors' work on this project finally come to fruition.” He credited the work of previous SGA presidents Evan Lewis ’15, Sean McCutchen ’16, and Brenna Hill ‘17.
“B-Cycle will provide the Trinity community with a convenient and fun transportation option, enhancing quality of life for all students,” Santulli said. “Moreover, the station's value will only grow as San Antonio becomes more bike-friendly and areas like the Broadway corridor continue to develop.”
David M. Tuttle, associate vice president and Dean of Students, said, “This initiative represents the best of our student government. They explored this option, surveyed students, worked collaboratively with B-Cycle staff, and dedicated money to the project because they thought it would benefit students over time.”
Santulli said working with Tuttle, SGA colleagues, and Jamie Thompson, director of Student Involvement at Trinity, “was a rewarding experience, and I hope the station will serve as a physical reminder on-campus of student government's ability to have a positive impact.”
Tuttle commended the students for seeking a method of mobility for students without vehicles. In addition, the bicycles will allow students to “easily travel to the Pearl, downtown, and other points south to engage in the life of the city. It is an inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to get around town.”
The city’s B-Cycle program includes 60 bike stations and more than 500 bikes, according to B-Cycle officials who are observing the program’s six-year anniversary. Along with the Witte Museum, Trinity is one of the northernmost points for B-Cycle.
Susie P. Gonzalez, senior manager of public relations, can be reached at susie.gonzalez [at] trinity.edu or @susiegonz.