Texas City Lab

Austin, Texas Skyline
Year 2013

Grant Amount: $21,620

This project explored the feasibility of creating a local ‘city lab’ that marries the sustainability issues that challenge Austin and other Texas cities with the capacity for The University of Texas to solve these problems. Patterned after a similar program in Oregon, the Green Fee funded a pilot year where a working group was assembled, the first client was selected, and several faculty were encouraged to redesign their courses around environmental issues and their proposed solutions.

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Orange Bike Project

Orange Bike Project

Year: 2012, 2013

Grant Amount: $14,500 (2012), $28,000 (2013)

The Orange Bike Project rents bikes to those who need them. The expansion of this project involves the acquisition of over 90 bikes as well as more equipment for the community bike shop. Shop location and hours can be found on the main Orange Bike Project website. Community members and students can use this bike shop to work on their bikes and learn bike maintenance basics from the OBP staff.

Bike rental programs include short-term rentals, semester-long rentals, and weekend rentals, all at very reasonable and competitive prices. The commuter-style bikes are maintained by the OBP staff who also provide instruction on how to care for your rental bike.

Safe Cycling Campaign

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Year: 2011

Grant Amount: $49,788

The College of Fine Arts collaborated with the School of Architecture to put on a number of educational and research initiatives to promote safe cycling on campus. These initiatives included a Night Light dance performance, a survey of conflict areas for bikes on campus, signs educating bikers how to double-lock their bikes, and “Balloon Bike,” an art project that shows the amount of space (three feet of clearance on all sides) needed for safe cycling conditions. The photo above features the Night Light show, a one-time dance performance illustrating the importance of nighttime illumination on bicycles. After the show, the audience selected their own bike lights provided by the Campaign and Bike Texas. The Safe Cycling Campaign has also hosted community feedback sessions on multi-modal safety on campus, and collaborated with Parking & Transportation and UTPD on future planning.

This project not only promoted safe cycling, but bicycling in general, which reduces carbon emissions and keeps our plant clean.

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Check out the article in the Daily Texan

More Bike Racks on Campus

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Year: 2011

Grant Amount: $12,500

In 2011, the Green Fee funded more bike racks on campus. Nine Cora racks and 21 U-Racks were placed around campus, adding a total of 130 new sports for bikes. You’ll find them near the six pack on the South Mall, all along 24th near Welch, and scattered around other places on campus.

With more spots to park your bike on campus, this initiative is aimed at promoting riding your bike to campus, whether you’re a student, faculty or staff member. Riding your bike decreases carbon emission and keeps our air and our bodies healthy. Many of the bike racks even have air pumps on them in case you need to pump up your tires!