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University of Central Oklahoma plans Earth Day activities

A celebration of a bicycle program's success is among events planned later this month at the University of Central Oklahoma for Earth Day.
BY SARAH HUSSAIN shussain@opubco.com Modified: April 3, 2013 at 10:12 pm •  Published: April 4, 2013
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They did that for several years, and in 1991 it became a campuswide event, he said.

Tillman took over this year as committee chairman.

“He enthusiastically accepted the opportunity to run the program,” Bass said. “I felt really good. I was handing it off to somebody I knew would take care of it.”

Bum-A-Bike

The idea for Bum-A-Bike came in late 2007 when Tillman was visiting Flatire Burgers.

“The manager was complaining because a lot of his employees were students, and what would happen is they'd be late for work because either they didn't want to move their car out of their housing spot and lose their space or they were driving a junker and it broke down, so there was just a constant issue with getting his employees to work,” Tillman said.

“And he said, ‘Man, if I could just give them all bicycles.'”

The result was Bum-A-Bike, a program where UCO students, staff and faculty can check out a bike for a two-week period to ride on campus.

At the end of the two weeks, if they want to continue the rental, they can do so if there is not a waiting list.

Meanwhile, in the course of getting Bum-A-Bike up and running, the sustainability coordinator position was vacant for about a year and a half.

“They asked me if I wanted it because it fits in very well with public transit, pedestrian, bicycle issues, all these things are a part of sustainability, so here I am,” he said.