"Biking around Campus"

By KBJR News 1

October 14, 2010 Updated Oct 14, 2010 at 3:47 PM CDT

Posted by Jeff Edmondson

If your job requires you to hop in the car to get from point A to point B you may want to check this out.

At the University of Wisconsin–Superior the staff is using greener methods to get themselves around the campus. Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes a look in this weeks "Your Green Life"

Making short trips in the car works great if you have a lot of cargo, but if your just going from building to building why not just hop on a bike?

"We are saving on fuel costs, vehicle wear and tear. Our service center is located approximately one mile from the main campus", said Tom Fennessey. UWS Facilities Management.

The staff frequently goes back and forth from the service center to attend meetings and other programs on campus. This past summer the school purchased four bikes to reduce the carbon footprint from the daily driving.

"We would like to run the bicycles as late as we can in to the fall and early winter. And start them up as soon as we can in the spring", said Tom Fennessey.

By hopping in their bikes and going to different locations on campus the staff is able to see the campus in the student's perspective. So far the response has been positive.

"Everybody from students to staff, a lot of departments are praising especially our health and wellness programs", said Tom.

Facilities Management plans to ride their bikes until the snow falls, but for now, this green investment is already paying them back.
In Superior, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands Newscenter.

The UWS Staff also comments that biking around campus is sometimes the best part of their daily routine.