To release tension of mid-term school deadlines, University of Calgary Bike Share team hosted a de-stress event to promote a healthy lifestyle for students during exams. Held at "That Empty Space" on campus the Monday after reading week, the students were intrigued and drawn in by OpenStreets pedal powered electricity generating bikes, mini bike obstacle course, and free coffee. Nicole Rebustillo, a cycle enthusiast and member of The Bike Share committee, was excited for the event "this (event) is meant to be fun, to promote physical health and a positive community at the same time".
University of Calgary Bike Share was a successful applicant of the Take Action Grants. TAG is a small grants program of the Arusha Centre that promotes social or environmental ideas to move forward within the community. Awarded 1000 CalgaryDollars and $1000 federal dollars, the Bike Share committee agreed on using the CalgaryDollars to rent the OpenStreet gear to promote their initiative of accessible and affordable bike rentals for all University of Calgary students and staff. The remaining federal dollars are intended to purchase another bike to add to the collection of eight that they already have.
President of the University of Calgary Bike Share, Niko Casuncad, is extremely optimistic for the program. Nikos vision for future events and an idea that was circulating during the event was to build more of a community by hosting "group ride" events in the summertime along Calgary's Cycle Track Network.
The University of Calgary's Bike Share event is a perfect example of how TAG (Take Action Grants) is inspiring and connecting communities to gather together. For more information about U of Calgary's Bike Share Program, check out @UofCBikeShare or email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.uofcbikeshare.com