UT pushes pedal power with new bike pad

September 16, 2010 | Events, UToday
By Jon Strunk

The University of Toledo will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, Sept. 16, to open a new bicycle pad on Main Campus.

The event will take place near the West Parking Garage between MacKinnon Hall and Wolfe Hall at 2:30 p.m. Matthew Rubin, president of UT’s Student Government, will be on hand to cut a green ribbon representing the environmental significance of the project.

“We’ve noticed an increased number of people riding their bikes to campus, which fits perfectly with our initiatives to promote healthy, eco-friendly practices,” said Jeff Newton, UT chief of police. “We wanted to provide a private, protected area for our students and staff to park their bikes, secure their helmets and other supplies, and take a rest before they make their way to work or class.”

Security is enhanced by surveillance cameras, card-reader access and enclosed fencing, Newton added.

The pad holds 65 bicycles and includes lockers and benches.

If the bike pad is well-utilized, Newton said additional pads will be installed on Main Campus and Health Science Campus.

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