On any given spring or autumn day, you are bound to see
a few students on bikes. In such a spread-out city, with lanes specifically for
bicycles and biking paths like the Green Circle Trail, bicycling is a natural
part of life here in Stevens Point.
The Bike Rental Program started by the Student
Government Association has the goal of arming students on campus with bicycles
so they can enjoy the city of Stevens Point. With their bicycles, students can
go downtown with ease, take a ride on a trail or get to class on time.
The program has many students excited, including Leah
“I like the idea because I wouldn’t have to transfer my
bike from home to campus. Since the weather here isn’t conducive for bike
riding all year round, it’d be nice to just have one around whenever the
weather happens to be nice. Also, I wouldn’t have to worry about my bike being
stolen,” Mancl said.
Olivia Locasio, another student at the University of
Wisconsin-Stevens Point, is also excited about the program.
“It would prevent me from having to madly sprint to
class as a last-ditch effort to get there in time. Plus, I could use the bike to
get to places off campus that would normally take a good amount of time to walk
to,” Locasio said. “I also wouldn’t mind to take a relaxing bike ride with some
Andrea Hamann, a sophomore at UWSP, also likes the idea
of the program.
“Well, I have my own bike, but it is pretty bad. I
would probably use it if it did not raise my tuition or caused money issues for
the university,” Hamann said.
While the program has attracted a lot of praise, it has
also faced its share of challenges. Trina Pearson is currently leading the
program and notes that there is a lack of bicycles to meet the needs of
students right now.
“All the bikes have been rented out since the very
beginning of the year, and any additional students looking to get a bike from
us have to be put on a waiting list,” Pearson said.
The program has also had a problem with finding space
on campus to store the bicycles.
While there may be problems facing the program, Pearson
keeps looking forward.
“Our hope for the future is that we will have more
money to make the bike rental what it should be—available for all students and
not just the first few that ask about the program,” Pearson said.
To access the program, head over to the SGA office in
the lower level of the Dreyfus University Center.