Nestled deep in the bowels of the Student Union Building (SUB) at the U of A, beyond the “No Bicycles in Building” signs, near a lounge hidden at the end of two narrow hallways, is one of the best kept secrets on campus. The Environmental Coordination Office of Students (ECOS) runs a bike library with a fleet of around 30 bikes that members of the U of A community can borrow for a month at a time, and one of the hats I wear is chief wrench, crank, and maintainer of the fleet. I’ve been working with volunteers throughout the winter rejuvenating and overhauling the green bikes and cobbling together fresh bikes to add to the collection. And now that the weather has turned positively summer like, it’s time to find riders for them.
We pulled down all the good-to-go bikes from where they’d been hanging all winter, and seeing them all lined up, ready to take to the streets made me so elated and proud. I couldn’t help but giggle as I gave them a final visual inspection and checked the lights and the bells. Brrrinnng brrrinng hooray!