April 26, 2021

Donations sought for ‘Recycle Your Bicycle’

An opportunity to help future Salukis in need will be offered again this spring through a bicycle donation program. 

As part of the Saluki Recycle Your Bicycle project, donated bikes are being accepted during residence hall move-out May 3-7. Donation times are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Donation drop-off locations will be outside Lentz Dining Hall and between Mae Smith Residence Hall and Rinella Field. 

The collaborative effort by the Department of Automotive Technology and University Housing has additional support from Saluki Spokes, the Student Recreation Center, and Touch of Nature Environmental Center. 

Automotive students and faculty will repair donated bicycles collected during move-out at the end of the spring semester. The refurbished bicycles will be given to SIU students who have economic need, giving them an environmentally sustainable mode of transportation. 

The project received a $4,740 grant from the Sustainability Council’s Green Fund in 2020, which was extended through 2021. In addition to bike repair costs, the grant funds pay for the purchase a new bike lock and helmet for students who receive a bike in the fall. 

Any surplus of donated bikes will go to the Student Recreation Center and Touch of Nature to use at their facilities. 

For more information, email Cara Doerr at caradoerr@siu.edu.