It has become common knowledge across the universities of the world that walking is the least effective way to get to class. From rollerskates and Heelys to hoverboards and longboards everyone has a favorite form of transportation. Here on Logan Campus, bikes are a popular choice.
Aggie Blue Bikes provides the majority of those bikes to students. Aggie Blue Bikes is a student student-run bike shop that is located right by the Field House. This organization is funded by $2.78 of student fees. Recently, the student board has been discussing a change in student fees. They want to increase the ARC fee by cutting organizations like Aggie Blue Bikes. The $2.78 fee pays for 24- hour rentals, open access bicycle tool boards, free and cheap bike parts, community events, and educational classes.
This program is vital to low-income students, students without cars, and students who care about improving the air quality of Cache Valley. Taking away this service will negatively affect the students of USU.
USU just won the 2020 Bicycle Friendly University gold award. According to bikleague.org, their mission is to “is to lead the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.” As a university that was just accepted into this league, we are already discrediting our commitment to “create a Bicycle Friendly America.”
If you want to help this program, students are hosting a protest on the Quad at 1 p.m. on February 18th. They ask that you wear a mask, ride a bike (if you have one) and bring an attitude for peaceful change.
If you are unable to attend send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com. In your email include what Aggie Blue Bikes means to you, and how valuable this program is to students. Please send in your email before 4 p.m. today.
*This is an editorial and contains the opinion of the author.