Project Leads: Justin Wiley, Austin Andrews, Marcelo Felipe Garzo Montalvo, Chris McDermut
BicyCAL Mission: BicyCAL is a student founded and cooperatively run organization at UC Berkeley whose mission is to empower UCB students, faculty and staff to successfully integrate the bicycle into their daily lives. To that end we seek to provide a space where members of our community can learn how to maintain, operate and love their bicycles in an inclusive and safe place. We offer peer-to-peer bicycle repair and maintenance education in a radically positive environment.
TGIF Grant: $12,000
Project Theme: Transportation
Project Description: This project increased usage and awareness of bike-based transportation for students, faculty, and staff through an education and outreach campaign and the opening of a bicycle hub that provides free bike maintenance and bike repair education.
Grant Goals: Open a BicyCAL “storefront” on Lower Sproul that offers free bike maintenance and tutorials. Offer bike-maintenance based workshops, bike-literature, safety gear, and locks at the bicycle storefront. Promote Bike to Work Day and other bike-based events. Educate the campus about biking as a sustainable, healthy mode of transportation. Recruit student bike mechanics who will provide volunteer time. Collaborate with Green Bike Share, Yikes Bikes!, and the Campus Bicycle Committee. Expand the Green Bike Share program to include a fleet of 40 bikes and work with Yikes Bikes! to provide bike stations and mentorship programs to underfunded local schools. Assist UC Berkeley in achieving its Cal-CAP goals by getting more community members to switch to bikes as a mode of transportation. Target three UC Berkeley emissions sources: Faculty and Staff Commute (9%), Student Commute (2%), and Campus Fleet (1%) and potentially avert 3 metric tons of GHG emissions per year. Increase the number of campus cyclists by 250 new riders and avert use of 5,000 gallons of gasoline per year (assuming 20 gal/person).
Note: An additional $10,900 was awarded in 2011 as part of the Campus Bicycle Initiative grant award.