Though we aren’t in the business of selling bikes, one of the key Sandbridge rental items offered by Surf & Adventure Co. are beach cruisers.

In order to keep up with our summertime demands, the shop always has a massive fleet of beach cruisers. On a busy summer weekend, it’s not uncommon to see our entire inventory rented out to Sandbridge beach-goers. But in the shoulder and off seasons, much of our storage space is occupied by these bikes.

As opposed to letting them sit there and collect dust over the winter, shop owner Rob Lindauer decided to contribute three of our bikes to an upstart bike share program at his alma mater Old Dominion University. Dubbed “Bike ODU,” the program is designed to eventually provide a fleet of up to 50 bikes available to the entire campus community the goal of reducing carbon emissions and providing another free recreational opportunity.

“At this point, our bikes are regularly used to pick up copies, go to lunch, for physical activity, and to attend meetings and classes. Current users of the bike share program have decreased their travel time, eased the parking issue and been physically active, while creating minimal carbon emissions,” said Eddie Hill, assistant professor of human movement sciences, who started the program.

Once Bike ODU is in full operation next fall, bicycles can be checked out at no charge by any students, staff or faculty who are members of the Student Recreation Center, Hill said. The bikes come with a U-lock, helmet and basket, and may be borrowed for up to one week. The bikes will be housed at the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) and may be checked out during normal business hours. Users also may take advantage of the OAP Bike Shop for free maintenance and parts.

As an ecologically-conscious company, the S&A crew is as proud as we are thrilled help ODU jump start this eco-friendly, physically active transportation option at a place that’s really special to us. Along with Rob, crewman John Streit and many S&A employees and alums are ODU graduates and/or students.

So if you’re attending ODU next fall, keep an eye out for the Bike ODU program and remember to PEDAL, NOT POLLUTE!

Read the full article published by Inside ODU here


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