TGIF Grant: $27,825 ($10,900 to BicyCAL and $16,925 to Campus Bicycle Committee) Remaining funds from CBI's portion of the grant have continued to be used by BicyCAL since September 2012. These are funds are used in the operation of BicyCAL's shop.
Project Description: The Campus Bicycle Initiative will promote bicycling as a sustainable mode of transportation and educate the campus about safe bicycling habits through events and bicycling workshops. CBI will also support the expansion of BicyCAL’s mechanical and educational services.
Goals: Increase campus bicycle security awareness by registering more campus bicycles with the CSO bicycle licensing program. Increase and record the number of bicycle repairs at BicyCal’s shop. Hold a series of bicycle safety workshops for students, faculty, and staff. Increase campus bicycle ridership to 450 new riders and reduce transportation emissions of CO2 by 1%. Measure campus bicycling rates through Bike to Work and Bike to Campus Days, self-reporting in upcoming UC Transportation and Housing Surveys, counts of bicycle rack occupancy, and bike repairs at BicyCAL.
CBI held the first ever Campus Bike Day at UC Berkeley on September 9, 2011. The event included morning Bike to Work Day style Energizer Stations placed at 3 locations around campus, a free raffle, and an afternoon celebration on Lower Sproul Plaza. An estimated 500 people participated in Campus Bike Day.
CBI effectively recruited a large roster of volunteers for Campus Bike Day and hired an Education and Outreach intern.
A 400+ member Campus Bike Initiative mailing list was created as a resulting of the raffle tickets and mailing list signups on Campus Bike Day.
CBI a much-needed new bicycle to raffle winner Georgia Dong, a Doe library staff member.
CBI held a series of 6 cycling workshops (Cycling for Parents, Cycling in the Rain, Women on the Move, Road Skills Part II, Tips for your Bike Commute, Team Bike Challenge – Meetup) throughout the fall and spring semesters. The cumulative workshop attendance was 20 individuals
The major sustainability impact of this project was in motivating and supporting existing campus cyclists such as participant Heidi, who increased the number of days cycled to 3-4 times a week. If CBI assumes that all 20 cycling workshop attendees were equally motivated to add just 1 extra cycling day to their weekly commute (assuming average 5 mile roundtrip and 22.6 mpg vehicle efficiency) for 1 year, this translates into a gasoline savings of 212.4 gallons, and a reduction of 1852 kg of CO2 emissions, according to 2011 CalCAP metrics. If CBI assume that all 400 members of the Campus Bicycle Initiative biked a single extra day a month to campus as a result of our efforts, just under 10,000 kg of CO2 emissions have been avoided.
CBI worked with Little Green Book to include cycling education within LGB's materials for first year UC Berkeley students.
In addition, the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, with support from the UC Berkeley Police Department and Campus Bicycle Initiative, offered free bicycle safety workshops on the UC Berkeley Campus during the 2011-2012 academic year. The 2-hour classes were open to students, faculty and staff. These fun and entertaining classes were taught by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition's bicycle safety instructors certified by the League of American Bicyclists. Workshop participants learned basic rules of the road, how to share the road with cars on busy streets, dismount zone rules and etiquette, how to equip your bicycle, fit your helmet, use transit, fix a flat, and avoid crashes by riding predictably, visibly, and communicating with motorists by your actions and signals.
EBBC is always holding new workshops around the Bay Area. Check out the schedule here. Sign-ups appreciated, drop-ins welcome!
The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.
TGIF is a program of the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC), a functional area of the LEAD Center, a unit within the ASUC Student Union in the Division of Student Affairs at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Green Initiative Fund Lead Center, ASUC Student Union 102 Hearst MC 4500 Berkeley, CA 94720 firstname.lastname@example.org (510) 642-6827