As college students, we are known for our ability to live on a budget. One of those big budget saving items are bicycles. Let’s face it, cars are gas guzzlers and result in a loss of rent money. Therefore, we turn to the next best option—bicycles.

During the fall semester a new resource was made available for students—the Cycle Learning Center.

The Cycle Learning Center is a campus-based service focused on developing healthy and sustainable lifestyles by promoting the use of bicycles and transportation options. The Center strives to create a hands-on learning site that empowers campus users to explore sustainable transportation through educational programming, retail sales and services.

Geoff Harrison, oversees the operations for the Outdoor Program and Cycle Learning Center, and also serves as the coordinator for the University Housing Lifetime Recreation Living Learning Community. He has been working in the field of recreation for over 20 years and has been fostering student development at Boise State since 1998.

The idea for the Cycle Learning Center came about in 2002.

“Rich Gardunia, a student working for the outdoor program asked me if we could offer bicycle repair services. A similar program was available at my undergraduate university so I was familiar with another model. We discussed it and started offering a free air-station for filling tires, weekly safety checks and minor repair clinics on patio of the rec center. (We) sold tubes and provided loaner tools for minor repairs.

In 2009 we started to intake bikes and repair them for customers,” Harrison said.

The Cycle Learning Center has many services to offer Boise State students.

“Service and repairs for bikes, bicycle rentals, parts and accessories to keep bikes on the road and riders safe, self-service repair areas for students to work on their own bikes and educational programming focused on cycling as a form of transportation, fitness and lifestyle,” Harrison said.

The Cycle Learning Center has been in operation since 2002 with the Outdoor Program. However, in 2010 Recreation Services and Transportation and Parking Services formed a partnership to give the Center the opportunity to stand alone as a
program.

The Center offers students the opportunity to rent out bikes.  The bikes available at the Cycle Learning Center are single-speed beach cruisers. They are available on a daily, weekly, semester and annual basis.

Current students, faculty and staff may rent out the bicycles.

A helmet, light and lock accompany the rental. Semester and annual rentals also come with access to the Bike Barns in Lincoln and Brady and a maintenance plan to keep the bike running smooth.

It is the vision of the Recreation Services and Transportation & Parking Services to be committed to creating a campus culture that embraces cycling as an effective, sustainable and widely used form of transportation, recreation and health.