In a bid to promote eco-friendly transit and clean up the campus grounds, Shanghai’s Tongji University recently reclaimed and recycled 200 abandoned bicycles into their first free campus bikeshare.
Abandoned and broken bicycles are not only common eyesores around many college campuses, but can also obstruct pathways and take up valuable bicycle parking space.
This summer, Tongji University met that challenge head-on with an innovative solution. After giving public notice of their intentions, the school rounded up the abandoned and broken bicycles and fixed them up with the help of various school departments.
Each renovated bicycle was then painted green, given a number, and branded with the label “Tongji University Free Bicycle.”
The fleet of 200 fully functioning bicycles was officially released for free use by Tongji University’s students, staff, and faculty last week to coincide with the start of the new school year. Reception to the public bikeshare has been overwhelming positive. According to Shedu News, one freshman interviewed said that he had planned on buying a bicycle, but found that using the school’s free bicycle system was much more convenient.
The bicycles are conveniently located in front of various campus landmarks, such as the library and cafeterias and are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students and teachers looking to borrow a bike need only register with their university card. Bicycles must be returned on the same day they are borrowed and can only be used on school property.
By Lucy Wang