A sustainable bike hire scheme for students at Robert Gordon University (RGU) is being launched.
Students are now able to hire a recycled bike from RGU’s Students’ Union, providing an affordable and environmentally friendly way of travelling to the university’s Garthdee campus and across the city.
Launched by RGU:Union's Go Green sustainability initiative with funding it received from the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF), the bikes, which have all been recycled and refurbished, are available to hire on a weekly basis for as little as £2 for the week.
Students are able to view and hire the bikes online from the RGU:Union website, and can pick them up every Wednesday from the bike-hire station which is based at RGU’s Garthdee campus. Each user is also provided with a lock and a set of lights.
The bikes and safety equipment are then returned by the students to the hire-station the following week where they then receive their £10 deposit.
Paul Greene, RGU’s student president for communication and democracy, said: “The bike hire scheme has been established to provide students with an affordable and environmentally friendly means of travel across the city, which can become extremely congested, especially during peak rush hour times.
“Students are increasingly becoming aware of the importance of sustainability and the need to protect the environment so the bike scheme allows them to make a difference while saving money on the cost of travel fares.”
Students who choose to cycle to university instead of taking the bus can be expected to save up to seven kilograms (kg) of carbon dioxide (CO2) a week, or 280kg of CO2 over the academic year, which is enough to fill one and a half double decker buses.
“RGU:Union is committed to lowering Scotland’s carbon footprint and the bike hire scheme is one of our projects which aims to engage with students to get them involved, demonstrating how small measures can be put into place to help to help the environment while having fun, meeting new people and gaining qualifications,” adds Paul.
The scheme has various volunteering opportunities for students to get involved with. For more information on the scheme or the volunteering opportunities, please visit the RGU:Union website.
The launch of the scheme complements a wider Healthy University initiative at RGU, Fit for the Future, which takes a strategic approach to health and wellbeing across campus.