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Earth Week 2019:

Addressing Campus Bike Waste

The Motivation

Bike waste has been a long-recognized but tough-to-tackle issue at Dartmouth that we continuously work to address. In fact, our entire program was founded upon a mission to repurpose abandoned bikes or prevent them from becoming abandoned in the first place. We work towards our goals by providing repair services, teaching our community basic maintenance and mechanic skills, and discouraging the annual influx of unreliable bikes that will inevitably end up broken, rusted, and neglected.  








The Vision

This Earth Week, we decided to take an unconventional approach to address campus bike waste -- by creating and installing art at the most visible places on campus to engage a wider audience, raise awareness about the magnitude of this issue, and challenge our Dartmouth community to make positive changes to meet our zero bike waste goals.


The Dartmouth Bikes Earth Week project was envisioned by Quang Dang '19 and quickly became a collaborative effort with Max Saylor '19 helping to take lead with acquiring funding, designing the sculptures, and creating the timeline for project completion.


The entire group of 8 mechanics helped to frame our strategy. We wanted these sculptures to do 3 things: (1) display the actual quantity of bike waste that goes unnoticed,  (2) put the impact of bike waste into perspective by compiling research and data about bicycle manufacturing processes, and (3) inspire everyone to actually do something about it. 


The Sculptures

Our sculptures were built by the Dartmouth Bikes mechanics and a group of incredible volunteers from the Sustainability Office and our broader campus community. They were installed at 4 locations around campus: Robinson Hall Lawn, Dartmouth Hall Lawn, Baker Tower Lawn, and in front of the Class of 1953 Commons. Each with a unique design. Each with its own purpose. But each with a motivation to tackle the same challenge. 

Exploded Bike

Location: Robinson Hall Lawn

Materials: Bicycle (frame, handlebars, chain, wheel, derailleur, crank, pedal, saddle, seat post, chainring, cassette, shift levers, grips, brake mechanisms.... the list goes on), wooden frame, hinges, screws.  


DescriptionThese disassembled bike parts represent the many components of one bicycle. On average, manufacturing a single bike results in the emission of 530lbs of CO2. We, the students of Dartmouth, waste ~250 bikes each year. This means we emit 66.25 Tons of CO2 annually from bikes that end up abandoned on our campus. This is equivalent to driving between LA and Boston 63 times!

Our Call to Action

Reduce your personal bike waste in the following ways:

If you want a bike:

If your bike is broken:


If you are storing your bike on campus:

If you are graduating and/or no longer want your bike:

Behind the Scenes on Sculpture Installation


We are so grateful to the following groups and people who have helped to make this project possible:

Funding: The Dartmouth Outing Club Environmental Studies Division

Staff Mentors: Jenna Musco, Rosalie Kerr, & Marcus Welker

Project Advisors: Jim Alberghini, Randy Brown, & Greg Frost

Campus Parters: Facilities, Operations, and Management, Residential Operations, Dartmouth Dining Services, & Conferences and Events Planning.

Volunteers: Ivana Devic, Sam Lefkowitz, Jack Walker, Kevin Donohue, Laura Hutchinson, Marcus Welker, Ella Ryan, Madison Sabol, & many others along the way!

From: Ben, Forrest, Leah, Max, Olivia, Quang, Reyn, & Rylee

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