AUNE Community Builds a New Bike Shelter

AUNE's new bike shelter

Students Allison Callahan and Octavia Salisbury help to
build AUNE’s new bike shelter.

Thanks to many helping hands, a new bike shelter has just gone up on the Antioch University New England (AUNE) campus. A ribbon cutting marked its opening on Wednesday, October 5, at 4:30 p.m.

Students in the spring 2011 Environmental Education and Built Environment class, taught by Tania Schusler, core faculty member in the environmental studies department, took on the project. They worked with Schusler and Jim Gruber, core faculty member in environmental studies, on the design, permitting, budget development and procurement of materials. Community members, as well as students, staff, faculty and alumni from the AUNE community, volunteered to help build the shelter.

“Antioch’s bike shelter represents community and sustainability at its best, and we are grateful for the collaboration, strength, skill and high spirits of everyone who made this project possible,” said AUNE President David Caruso.

The new bike shelter with bike racks will protect about forty bicycles from the weather. It will make it more convenient for those in the campus community to bike to and from campus, using their own bikes or one of AUNE’s fleet of eight Green Bikes. That will help lower greenhouse gas emissions from commuting, and is one reason the shelter is one of the action steps in AUNE’s 2010-2020 Climate Action Plan.

A few Thank Yous
Thanks to Valerie Woods and Justin Valaske of Baybutt Construction Corporation, who coordinated site supervision, and provided equipment and construction support; to Bergeron Construction Company for donating the roof trusses; to Matthew Walton Carpentry, for on-site construction coordination; to Ted Fellows, P.E., who helped revise design plans to meet city codes and source donated materials; to the Works Café for donating bagels; and to the AUNE environmental studies master’s degree alumni of the Class of 2010 for their dedicated financial contributions.