(Story courtesy of Ashley Salazar, GCCC Director of Public Relations)
GARDEN CITY, Kan. — Garden City Community College’s Student Government Association (SGA) will begin the “Buster Bikes” bike share program on February 7, 2019. Buster Bikes is a bicycle checkout program for GCCC students who may want or need an easy and efficient transportation solution within the city limits. The SGA Student Activities Center has acquired six bicycles to begin the sharing program.
According to SGA Advisor, Lauren Rockhold, the idea came from Nhic Aponte, a former SGA member and SGA President. He saw students walking to Walmart and had compassion for them. Aponte thought that if SGA could offer them a means of transportation, it would make their lives much easier. Another motivating factor for the decision to bring a bike share program to GCCC was how earth-friendly the bikes are.
“It’s something new for the students to take advantage of,” said an SGA representative. “A lot of our students are not from around here and don’t have access to a car, so having these bikes available to students who really need transportation is an awesome addition. They now have free transportation at their fingertips, and that was a huge priority for us.”
Buster Bikes is the newest addition to the wealth of innovative support systems on the GCCC campus, which includes the Campus Closet, a pantry of hygiene, clothing, and food security items for students in need.
Students must bring their current GCCC student ID to the Student Activities Center in the Beth Tedrow Student Center to check out a bike, and all bikes must be returned within 24 hours of checkout. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 620-276-0474 for more information.
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