Pitzer College, CA Green Bike Program
Status: Established in 2001
Source File: http://www.pitzer.edu/student_life/gbp/about/
Founded by Pitzer College students in 2001, The Green Bike Program (GBP) provides Pitzer students with free loaner bikes, encouraging eco-friendly transportation around The Claremont Colleges.
Check out our video introduction, crafted as part of Pitzer's Residential Life Project promotional materials.
The GBP was Crafted by Pitzer students Joey Haber, Gus Porter, and Fritz Rice, with support from Pitzer Professor Al Wachtel and Associate Dean of Student Affairs Chris Freeburg, and funding from Pitzer’s EcoCenter. The GBP began as an attempt to counter Los Angeles’ renowned car culture by encouraging people to use bikes, and by facilitating their accessibility for Pitzer students and their maintenance for the whole of the Claremont College Consortium.
At the end of each semester, Campus Safety confiscates abandoned bikes left on racks around campus. Usually, these bikes end up in a landfill; but thanks to the GBP, these bikes are refurbished and raffled off each semester at no charge. All students, staff and faculty from the 5Cs - not just GBP bike recipients - can bring their bikes to the shop for repairs.
The shop is currently located in the Holden Hall Basement (accessible from the Holden parking lot), but will eventually be moved to the loading dock of the Gold Student Center.