TRU Sustainability’s bike programs exceeds expectations

Employee purchase program and bike share program champion environmental sustainability

Looking for a way to travel around Kamloops that is both efficient and environmentally-friendly? The sustainability office’s bikes are available for students to rent for up to fourteen days a month. (Aidan Grether/The Omega)

Are you tired of parking in a lot that is full to the brim with people on the edge of campus far from the class you are already late for? Perhaps you’re getting tired of the price of gas in British Columbia or maybe you just care about saving the environment. Well you’re in luck because Thompson Rivers University Office of Sustainability has just the program for you!

TRU Sustainability has two programs championing efficient and effective travel, the employee purchase program and bike share program both of which have seen an increase in usage since they both launched.

With the employee purchase program TRU employees get an incentive and an easy payment plan when they take part in the E-bike Purchase Program. The incentive amounts to ten per cent off the market price of an e-bike and the rest of the cost can be paid with payroll deductions over the course of a year. You can save big bucks with the purchase of an e-bike especially with the increasing cost of parking at TRU.

“Electric bikes are revolutionizing commuting in urban areas. Lithium batteries in e-bikes are lightweight, with long life cycles as compared to lead acid batteries. The electric bike range varies depending on model, between 40 and 70 kilometres per charge. Speeds are up to 32 km/h,” says the Sustainability Office on their website.

As for the general bike share program, the university has bikes available for students and staff to rent out for a week free of charge and will be expanding its fleet as the program continues to grow. The greatest part of the bike program is the fact you can drive right to the door of your classes with bike parking nearby for anyone to use.

The program allows any TRU student, staff or faculty member to use a bike for free for up to one week at a time. The Sustainability Office is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but asks that you try to pick up bikes by 3:30 p.m. There are both regular bikes (fat-tire bikes) and electric bikes (both mountain bike style and commuter style). Bikes can be reserved or picked up on the spot if they are available, however, it is recommended to reserve them.

According to the Office of Sustainability the TRU community has reduced single-occupancy vehicles commuting by 25 per cent, which has been because of people taking transit, carpooling, walking and cycling.

If you’re interested in renting a bike, follow the link here to book your ride: