October 3, 2014

Office of Sustainability announces return of Recycles

Recycles is rolling back on campus.

After announcing the cancellation of the program in late June, Director of the Office of Sustainability Mike Stopka announced on Wednesday that the five-year-old bike-sharing program will actually continue throughout this academic year.

At the time of the cancellation, Office of Sustainability Intern Alfredo Izguerra cited technological difficulties with the program’s organization software and the expansion of Chicago’s public bike sharing program, Divvy. Izguerra said that the University would likely partner with Divvy to subsidize memberships for University students, faculty, and staff in order to soften the loss of Recycles.

Recycles is scheduled to continue for the upcoming fall, spring, and summer quarters. It has a fleet of 35 bikes available at five different locations on campus, and has approximately 4,000 registered members.

“The Office of Sustainability is working to offer our community a long-term option for bike sharing, including additional bike sharing stations near campus. In the meantime, Recycles will be offered as before,” Stopka wrote in an e-mail sent out to Recycles members.