Students at the University of Technology can have some cycling fun while moving their belongings this semester, with the UTS Housing Bike Club awarded a matching grant for new community and cargo bikes.
Community and Cargo Bikes with UTS Housing, one of three cycling grants just approved by the City last year, has been awarded $8,730 to purchase the frames and components for two cargo and 15 shared community bikes.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said bringing bicycles into the university environment was a fantastic way to help students move around the campus and neighbourhood without adding to traffic congestion.
“Cargo bikes are a practical and fun way to support students with moving anything heavy, whether it’s grocery shopping or library books,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Providing a no-cost method of moving between residencies is not only beneficial for students but for the wider community as well, clearing up the traffic on local roads and lowering pollution.
“The bikes will also help reduce the number of abandoned shopping trolleys in the area.”
The two cargo bikes will be assembled by the UTS Housing Bike Club and will assist a community of 1,200 residential UTS students in Chippendale, Ultimo and Glebe to move large, heavy items between student residences.
The 15 community bikes will be used for personal transport and moving smaller loads.
Andrew Redgrave, learning communities officer at UTS Housing, said the cargo bikes would reduce students’ dependence on taxis and private cars.
“A cargo bike extends our understanding of the ways a bicycle can be used – it can be a delivery truck, a shopping trolley or even a moving van,” he said.
“There are approximately 3,500 ‘moving events’ annually where students move into residence or move from one residential site to another. There’s also ‘move-in’ days and ‘move-out’ periods, which involve the moving of several hundred students within a short period.
“This project will help them in their daily movements – especially when carrying bulky items.”
The matching grant also supports the rebirth of abandoned bicycles and the development of bicycle maintenance skills among UTS Housing residents.
Facilities, such as a secure bike storage room, designated bike storage areas and bike maintenance tools, are also available.
The City’s matching grants program supports creative ideas with up to $10,000 to ‘match’ in-kind volunteer contribution or tools and equipment required for the project.
Community and Cargo Bikes with UTS Housing will have their bikes available in February.
The next round of applications for cycling matching grants is open from 17 February to 7 April. For more information on cycling matching grants, visit sydneycycleways.net/programs/matching-grants
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