LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—UW-La Crosse needs your unwanted bicycles to restock their green bike program; for the first time in its ten year history, the program has run out of bikes.
The program allows students to rent a bike for the year in hopes of reducing the number of cars on campus.
Bikes do not have to be in working condition because part of the program is recycling.
Mechanics will dismantle and use broken bikes for parts.
Bicycle donations can be dropped off at UW-L's Outdoor Connection in the Recreational Eagle Center Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 6 p.m.
Since 2004, the program has refurbished and rented over 500 bikes and have recycled about 70-thousand pounds of metal.
This year alone, 70 students have checked bikes out from the green bike program.
"It helps with parking issues around here too," Nathan Barnhart, Assistant Director Recreational Sports said. "And then it also promotes a healthy lifestyle and gets more students exercising regularly, going to class."
UW-L's Environmental Council started the Green Bike program in 2004 when council members and volunteers fixed more than 100 donated bikes, painted them green and placed them throughout campus and the city to function as free community bikes.
The program is housed in Outdoor Connection and operates as a low cost, long-term rental program.
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