ASCSU approves bill to add eight bike share stations to campus

Gabriel Go

This article has been updated.

The Associated Students of Colorado State University passed a bill to allocate funds towards eight ZipBike bike-share stations Wednesday night.

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Bill #4607 will create a partnership between ASCSU and bike-share provider Zagster. The bill was passed with a vote of 15-3-4.

The bill was sent to committee last week in order for senators to contact their constituencies.

The amended bill states that ASCSU will maintain half of the costs associated with the bike share deal, while Housing and Dining Services will subsidize the other half of the payment.

The new bill lowers the cost of ASCSU’s contribution to the ZipBike deal compared to the initial draft of the bill, earmarking $14,750 from the Senate General Discretionary Fund. Housing and Dining Services will provide roughly the same amount from sustainability fees.

ASCSU has been in talks with Zagster and the Parking and Transportations Services since 2015 in order to implement a bike-share program that would integrate with Fort Collins’s own bike-share system. The deal with Zagster is a time-sensitive partnership.

CSU is eligible to receive the bike-sharing stations due to the its reputation as a bike-friendly campus.

CSU is a platinum-rated Bicycle Friendly University according to infrastructure and investment standards set by the League of American Cyclists.

The University is also a platinum-rated Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for its efforts in sustainability.

As the Fall 2016 term also admitted the largest incoming class to date, the bike-sharing program is also seen as a way to keep up with the heavier traffic on campus.

“We in (the Adult Learner and Veterans Services center) have been spreading the word on this one for a couple of weeks now,” Senator Duane Hansen said. “(There is) overwhelming support coming from probably some of the most fiscally hawkish group of students I have the pleasure of dealing with on a regular basis.”

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Collegian reporter Gabriel Go can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @rgabrielgo.