Founded by in 2011, Dartmouth Bikes is a student-driven program that offers bike related services to members of the Dartmouth community. Dartmouth Bikes takes both a reactive and proactive approach to improving the bike culture at Dartmouth. The program was originally founded to reduce the amount of bike waste on campus. Each year, more than 100 student bikes are abandoned -- left rusting on bike racks over the long winter, or forgotten in far off parking spots where they quickly become an eye sore, taking up valuable bike rack space. To turn this bike problem into an opportunity, students advocated for a Dartmouth Bikes Policy that allows the Dartmouth Sustainability Office to identify abandoned bikes on campus, contact the owners of these bikes, and eventually take ownership of abandoned ones. These bikes are refurbished and resold to students interested in purchasing low-cost, used bicycles. Proceeds from these sales fund the proactive components of the program: Pop-Up Bike Shops and Open Mechanic Hours, where students, faculty, and staff can get their bikes repaired by trained student mechanics; improved bike infrastructure on campus; and a bike rentals program that rents bikes to students on a termly basis - removing the hassle of maintaining and storing a bike. When it comes to sustainability, the Dartmouth Bikes program covers it all—from reducing material waste, to teaching students important leadership and creative problem solving skills, to building community and encouraging sustainable behavior change among Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff. Dartmouth Bikes wouldn’t be possible without support from Residential Operations, Safety & Security, Athletics, Facilities, Operations & Maintenance, the Outdoor Programs Office and a number of other campus groups.
Dartmouth Bikes Services include:
- Individual Shop Appointments
- Pop-Up Bike Shops (PUBS)
- Dartmouth Bikes Rentals
- DIY Bike Repair Stands on campus
- Bike Confiscation
- Bike Sales