Roll With It: Pedaling Toward a Sustainable Future for a Small University Town

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In 2011, a group of university professors, librarians, and community leaders launched ValloCycle, the first community-wide bike share program in the state of Alabama. This presentation described the ValloCycle program and a focus on how a campus library has worked to support other environmental initiatives in the community. –Jason D. Cooper, Systems and Emerging Technologies Librarian, University of Montevallo, Carmichael Library

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Roll With It: Pedaling Toward a Sustainable Future for a Small University Town

  1. 1. Roll With It:Pedaling Toward a SustainableFuture for a Small University TownJason D. CooperUniversity of MontevalloCarmichael Library
  2. 2. Town…Population: 6,403 (2011, est.)More educated than the state averagePoverty rate in Montevallo is higher than insurrounding areas2
  3. 3. …and GownEnrollment: 3,10030 degree programs with about 75 majorsMember, Council of Public Liberal ArtsCollegesEnvironmental Studies minor added, 2010Environmental Club is one of 80+ recognizedclubs on campus3
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  13. 13. A Sustainability Timeline2005–2006 – University, local community actto block limestone quarryFall 2008 – Environmental Studies minorproposedFall 2009 – New campus wide SustainabilityCommittee is formed2010 – Library implements paper-and energy-saving initiatives13
  14. 14. More Sustainability InitiativesMay 2010 – Sustainability @ UM web site, andFacebook Page launchesSpring 2011 – UM Green Fund debutsOctober 2011 – ValloCycle Bike Share initiativebegins lending14
  15. 15. Saving Ebenezer Swamp15
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  24. 24. Call to Action24
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  26. 26. 15 Months Later…26
  27. 27. Sustainability @ UMOriginal Sustainability Committee (2009-2011)contained faculty and staffNew Committee from 2011-present isresponsible for four main areas, includingoverseeing the UM Green Fund27
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  30. 30. Internal Library InitiativesNewspaper/periodical recycling“Lights off” placards on light switchesPaper-saving initiative (2010)30
  31. 31. ValloCycle Launch Event31
  32. 32. Planning meetings began in 2010Service launched in October 2011Serves about 100 clientsFirst city-wide bike share program in Alabama32
  33. 33. History of Bike-SharingFirst generation –Amsterdam White Bikes(1965)Second generation – Denmark (early 1990s)Third generation – Early examples includeVelo’v (Lyon, France, 1995,) and the Bikeaboutprogram Portsmouth University (UK, 1996)(DeMaio, 2009)33
  34. 34. The Rise of Bike-Sharing“Today more than 500 cities in 49 countrieshost advanced bike-sharing programs, with acombined fleet of over 500,000 bicycles.”As of April 2013, there were 26 active modernpublic programs in the United States(Larsen, 2013)34
  35. 35. 35The Bike-Sharing World Map, maintained by R. Meddin, P. DeMaio
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  38. 38. Models of Bike-Share ProgramsGovernmentsUniversitiesNon-profitsAdvertising companiesFor-profits(DeMaio, 2009)38
  39. 39. Library personnel involvedLibrary directorCirculation managerDatabase/website administratorPublic relations assistant39
  40. 40. Other personnelValloCycle board, volunteersUniversity professors, studentsCity employeesPublic library director and staff40
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  42. 42. Montevallo Tour-by-Bike42
  43. 43. Ready to Roll43
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  48. 48. Montevallo’s Green FundStudent driven, created as a result of petitionGreen Fund fee is directed toward sustainableprojects across campusStudents have a majority vote on theSustainability CommitteeLibrary has been awarded three Green Fundgrants48
  49. 49. Block That Sun!49
  50. 50. Green Fund Honors50
  51. 51. Questions/DiscussionPedaling Toward a SustainableFuture for a Small University TownJason D. Cooper@jasondcooper
  52. 52. ResourcesArticles– Buckner, Heather. “ValloCycle Rolls On.” Shelby Living 21 Apr. 2013.Web. 27 Apr. 2013– DeMaio, Paul. “Bike-sharing: History, Impacts, Models of Provision,and Future.” Journal of Public Transportation 12.4 (2009): 41-56.– Millard, Paul. “Tipping Point.” Architect Aug. 2012: 36-37.Blog Posts– Larsen, Janet. “Bike Sharing Goes Global.” Grist. Earth Policy Institute,27 Apr. 2013. Web. 28 Apr. 2013.– Osterweil, Willie. “What Can We Learn from the Bike-Sharing WorldMap?” Shareable. Shareable, 11 Mar. 2013. Web. 2 May 2013.Web Sites– The Bike-Sharing Blog http://bike-sharing.blogspot.com/– ValloCycle http://www.vallocycle.com52
  53. 53. Postlude…Some photos of ValloCycle in the community…– April 28, 2012 Bike Rack Installations53

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