Bikes more accessible than ever at Agnes Scott

Friday, March 19, 2010

Students interested in riding a bicycle for fitness, transportation or just for fun will have more opportunities than ever to ride, thanks to several new initiatives at Agnes Scott College.
As part of the college's sustainability and fitness goals for the campus community, Agnes Scott recently partnered with Bicycle South in Decatur, Ga., and Fuji Bikes in Philadelphia, Pa., to allow students, faculty and staff to purchase Fuji bikes at a discount. Agnes Scott joins Emory University as one of the first colleges in Georgia to offer this type of program.

Bicycle South also has agreed to service bicycles that are part of the college's Purple Bike program. The Purple Bike program is Agnes Scott's free bike-lending program for students, faculty and staff. Riders may borrow a bike, helmet and lock from the college's McCain Library. Bicycle South originally donated the bikes used in the Purple Bike program. The owner of Bicycle South, Fred Boykin, is a city of Decatur commissioner and his mother is a member of Agnes Scott's class of 1946.

"The Bike Agnes Scott program is one more way to encourage people on campus to use alternative transportation, and it brings new options to us to continue our commitment to sustainability," Kerry Meyers, Agnes Scott's director of interactive communications and staff adviser for the Purple Bike program and the triathlon and cycling club.

Last year, Agnes Scott also created its first triathlon and cycling club. The group meets for rides, runs and swims of varying difficulty in and around Decatur.

These new offerings come just in time for Agnes Scott students and employees to join the Georgia Ride to the Capitol event on March 23. During the annual event, Georgia cyclists from areas such as Decatur and Roswell ride to the state capitol to show support for improved cycling conditions.

Bike programs are an important step toward encouraging students to consider riding bicycles, a form of transportation not as familiar to their generation.

"The generation in college now didn't ride bikes as kids," said Brian Dunne, manager at Bicycle South. "They don't look at bikes as a form of transportation. But there's a lot of desire for change. Things like bike sharing are a way for students to try out a bike to see if it's for them or not."

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.