How One Student Brought Bike Sharing to Duke — And Made a More Sustainable Campus

College students can save around $20,000 over the course of a four-year enrollment simply by ditching their cars in favor of alternative transportation, according to Forbes. Or to put it in terms the average college student will understand, those savings translate to roughly 154,000 packages of instant ramen noodles. Of course, subsidizing cheap calories isn’t the prime reason students should consider alternative means of travel. Rather, it's because alternative transportation offers a far more sustainable way for everyone in a college community to get on, off and around campus. Bike sharing, the newest entrant into the campus transportation landscape, is the most sustainable option of all.

That’s the point Zagster CEO and Co-Founder Timothy Ericson made in his keynote address to this year’s Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference Student Summit. Using Duke University as a case study, Ericson outlined how one student there — Duke Student Government President Lavanya Sunder — built from scratch a successful, effective program with Zagster’s help. Today, Duke’s bike share has 800 active members and is an integral part of the university’s transit network.

(You can read our full case study on Duke University's bike share here.)

As Sudner’s experience shows, implementing a sustainable campus bike share doesn’t need to be a daunting task. Sure, not every campus has a bike-share advocate as enterprising as Sudner. And that’s ok; every campus at least has someone who could, with a little help, become that person.

That’s where Zagster comes in. Our experienced team is adept at launching and growing campus bike shares. We just expanded our Princeton program sixfold, and are preparing to roll out, in College Park, Maryland, our biggest campus network yet.

So if you’re passionate about campus sustainability, and want to learn more about bringing bike sharing to your college, get in touch. We’ll get you rolling.

You can also get a step by step guide to building a campus bike share by reading our Duke Case study.