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Clarke gives Bike Coop helping hand

Two Clarke University employees did their part to help the Dubuque Bike Coop provide low-cost bicycles - and keep old bikes out of the landfill at the same time.

Danielle Stowell, manager of audio visual services, and Brian Schultes, director of facilities management, teamed up to provide the Bike Coop with items around campus to help the Coop’s cause.

Rob Williams, who is a board member for the Coop, sent out a message to friends before the Bike Coop opened, hoping to have as many supplies as possible donated so that the Art Gumbo grant money it won to open the shop could be spent on programming and marketing/advertising.

“I am on the Sustainability Committee here at Clarke with Brian Schultes, and I asked Brian if there were any items around campus that have just been taking up space in storage, and could be repurposed to the Bike Coop instead of eventually ending up in the Dumpster,” said Stowell. “Most of the items we donated had been removed many years during office and classroom renovations. We ended up taking down over four truckloads of desks, tables, adjustable-height stools for their work benches, and file cabinets to house their tools and parts.”

Tables, chairs, filing cabinets and some AV equipment from Clarke are now being used at the Coop’s location at 2206 Central Ave.

The Dubuque Bike Coop is a non-profit community bike project that serves the local area by providing a low-cost alternative to get on a bike, keeping bicycle-related waste of the landfills by accepting any and all donations, educating people about bicycle safety and maintenance, and advocating for more bicycle facilities. For more about the Dubuque Bike Coop, visit www.dubuquebikecoop.org.

The Bike Coop will be providing individuals to staff a table at Clarke’s May Daze celebration to raise awareness for its bike rental program and promote healthy active lifestyles. In addition, they’ll have a stationary bike that powers a generator by pedaling, which will run a blender and make smoothies for the students who want to try it out. 

“They are proving to be great partners for the sustainability committee so far,” said Stowell. “I’m glad we’re giving them some more exposure because it’s definitely a great thing to have in Dubuque.”

 

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