MCRP Student Wins Coca-Cola Sustainability Grant

Denis de Verteuil, a Master of City and Regional Planning student, has won a 2012 Coca-Cola Student Sustainability Grant. These awards support student-led initiatives that work toward Ohio State's commitment to reduce greenhouse gases, conserve resources and promote sustainability. The grants, funded by Ohio State's partnership with Coca-Cola, provide seed funding to undergraduate, graduate and professional students and student groups for projects that directly contribute to reducing environmental impacts on campus.

The grant won by De Verteuil is for Buckeye Bike Mobile, a “mobile bike clinic” (MBC) repair station that will assist bike riders in need of maintenance and will promote bike safety, fossil fuel-free transportation and healthy lifestyles. The project will be a visible promotion for biking on campus, while teaching skills that will be valuable for a lifetime. De Verteuil‘s partners in this project are students James DeFrance (Geography) and Austin Kocher (Geography).

MBC will be a workman tricycle that contains all the tools necessary to repair bikes on campus. It will be staffed by volunteers from Bike OSU, and supported by OSU Undergraduate Student Government. The unit will travel around campus, setting up where needed to offer repairs. The concept sprung from a desire to bring the service of bike repair to the OSU student community, and to teach students how to maintain their bikes. Said De Verteuil: “We want to spread the enthusiasm of cycling and proper bike care. This way, students are more aware of how to take care of their bikes and, hopefully, encouraged to ride their bikes more, and not just used as a scooter between classes.”

Bike OSU is a student-run organization dedicated to making the OSU campus and surrounding community safe and enjoyable for cyclists. The organization’s long-term plans are to have a brick-and-mortar location on campus for a non-profit bike shop that will serve as a permanent location for bike repairs, classes, tours, and a place to sell used bikes to students. The MBC serves as step one in a larger plan designed to have a huge impact on OSU and its cycling presence.