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Bike and Roll Donates $30,000 to Loyola Bike Program
University’s Bike Club Enhances Reach out Thanks to New Bicycles from Bike and Roll Chicago
CHICAGO, March 23, 2010 — On March 15, Chicago-based Bike and Roll, America’s leading bicycle rental and tours company, donated $30,000 worth of bicycles to Loyola University Chicago’s Borrow-A-Bike Program. Housed within Loyola’s Bike Club, a student-led organization, the Borrow-A-Bike Program allows students to borrow a bike for 24 hours at no charge. With this donation, the program can now offer more students the opportunity to rent bicycles.
Bike and Roll donated 30 bicycles, each valued at $1,000, to the University’s environmentally friendly biking program. Bike and Roll donated to the Borrow-A-Bike Program because of its originality-Loyola is the only university within the Chicago-area to have such a program. Located in the main parking structure on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, the Bike Club is led by senior Tony Giron who is very excited about the donation and what opportunities lay ahead for the organization and the Loyola community.
When the Bike Club and I first heard of the Bike and Roll donation, we were ecstatic to learn that our efforts to lend bikes to our fellow Loyolans hadn’t gone unnoticed, said Giron. I can only hope that other Universities can use our example to bring bicycles to their campus as well. The donation is a defining step in encouraging the Loyola community to use sustainable means of transportation.
To celebrate, the Bike Club will host the Borrow-A-Bike Kickoff on Friday, March 26, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., to showcase the new bikes. The event will be held in front of the University’s environmentally friendly Information Commons, on the Lake Shore Campus, and will include bike repairs, demos, and trials of the new bikes.
About the Borrow-A-Bike Program
By refurbishing student bicycles that had been abandoned on campus, Loyola’s Bike Club single handedly created a free, sustainable, and environmentally friendly transportation option on the University’s Lake Shore Campus. Students can now stop by the Bike Workshop, located near the Welcome Center in the main parking structure, to borrow a bike for up to 24 hours, at no charge. The program is offered in cooperation with Loyola’s Unified Student Government Association, Loyola Bike Club, and the departments of community relations, campus safety, and facilities. The volunteer-run program runs every weekday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,800 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in its 2010 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.