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Facilities Bike Helps Staff and College

July 29, 2014

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    Zach shows off the Facilities bike.

Facilities employees are finding new ways to support sustainability on campus. Instead of driving or walking everywhere, Zach Gilbert, a controls technician with facilities, now bikes around campus. “At my old job I could bike to work,” Zach says, “but it’s unreasonable for me to do that here as it’s so far away, so it’s nice to have a bike at work that I can use. It’s something to look forward to.”

As a controls engineer, Zach’s work requires him to use a wide variety of heavy tools. The facilities bike is outfitted with bags to carry those tools, making Zach’s life easier but biking more challenging. Sometimes the number of tools required for a day’s work makes using a truck unavoidable, so on those days Zach drives the truck to a central location, where he bikes to and from it to access tools. “It’s great,” he says. “Awesome exercise, and good access around campus.” Bikes are also easier to maneuver around campus. “I’m more mobile on a bike. Trucks are harder to navigate, especially with students around. This way, I’m faster.”

Biking around work helps both Zach and the college. “It keeps me healthier, which makes me more efficient on the job. It reduces fuel, our carbon footprint, overall gas intake – plus, it’s one less vehicle taking up space.” And the idea seems to be catching. “I’ve heard other people say, ‘Man, I wish I’d used that bike.’ I’m planting the seed for other people to do the same.”

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