Is it a horse? Is it your car? No, it’s a Quest Bike-Share bike!
Last month, the Student Representative Council (SRC) funded an initiative of the bike co-op at Quest to set up a bike-share program. Starting this week, any student can head over to the recreation center to take out one of the nine road-bikes. It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s good for the environment!
The bike co-op is a team of students who are passionate about – yes, you guessed it – bikes. Their skills have come in handy for all of us rookie-bikers at Quest when it comes to finding good trails, or simply fixing a flat. Over the past year, they have worked hard to put together a full-fledged plan to set up the bike-share; gauging interest, picking the right bikes, contacting manufacturers, budgeting, working together with Quest staff, writing a final proposal to the SRC for the funding, and probably much more behind-the-scenes work.
At times, it can be tough to live on a small campus – breaking out of the bubble is a good way to practice self-care. Luckily, the students and staff of Quest put in a lot of effort to make this accessible to all; there are shuttles, car-pooling systems, bus-vouchers, and so on. Thanks to the efforts of the bike-lovers, biking is now one of the ways to get off campus. And in a town like Squamish – the outdoors-capital of Canada – that is a welcome innovation!