New Bike Shelter Opens on Campus

February 17, 2017

Greg Affsa, BIND '15, signs up for a spot during a grand opening event held for the new bike shelter.

Greg Affsa, BIND '15, signs up for a spot during a grand opening event held for the new bike shelter. (Photo by A.J. Martin)

Students who commute to campus by bicycle now have a safe place to store their bikes, thanks to the opening of a new shelter outside Beatty Hall.

Student Government, Public Safety, the Facilities Department, the Center for Student Engagement, and the Wentworth Sustainability Committee collaborated on the shelter, an idea eight years in the making. Students, faculty, and staff can make use of the steel and glass structure to keep their bicycles in an indoor environment. 

On Feb. 7, the organizations involved in the creation of the shelter came together in the Myles and Eugenia Sweeney Pavilion in Beatty Hall to promote use of the shelter.

“The bike shelter will make it much easier for students to ride to campus,” said Debra Shepard, a member of Wentworth’s sustainability team. “We want to help reduce the Institute’s carbon footprint and promote healthy and sustainable living.”

According to statistics from Wentworth’s Sustainability Committee, 93 percent of students either live on campus or commute using sustainable modes like the MBTA. However, Shepard says she hopes to see the number of students biking increase as more information and resources become available.  

“We are trying to make it safe and comfortable for students to bike to campus, so hopefully more will start to consider that as an option,” said Shepard.

To access the shelter, students and faculty must sign up with the Public Safety and provide their bicycle’s serial number. The shelter holds 100 bikes, is card-access only, and has three cameras mounted on it, inside and outside.

“We wanted to provide a safe place for students and faculty to store their bikes,” said Jake Hall, BCOS ’17, public relations officer for Wentworth Student Government. “Putting them in the shelter is much more secure than just chaining them to a wall.”

The shelter also contains a small repair station with tools and a bike pump. 

“It’s great to see so much collaboration across organizations on this,” said Rebecca Ryan, coordinator for the Center for Student Engagement. “Organizations across campus saw the need for the shelter and came together to make it happen.”

 -AJ Martin
 

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