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NIC students initiate program to bring bicycle racks to campus, community

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NIC students initiate program to bring bicycle racks to campus, community

Artists encouraged to submit designs for bicycle racks constructed from recycled materials as part of the WeCycle Art Challenge conducted by North Idaho College students.

As part of the curriculum in the North Idaho College Resort/Recreation Management program, students are tasked with planning and coordinating various events as they learn principles of recreation programs. This year’s students took a very direct approach in applying the fundamentals learned their Natural Resource Conservation Management class to a real-world application that would leave an imprint on the college campus forever.

The students are coordinating a program called WeCycle, encouraging local metal artists to design bike racks using recycled materials that will be utilized across campus and in the community.

“This project not only beautifies our campus and the community through its artistic elements, but it also makes an environmental statement by encouraging people to ride bikes and using recycled materials for the construction of the bike rack,” said NIC Resort/Recreation Management Instructor Paul Chivvis.

The students are challenging local metal artists in the region to design an artistic bike rack that conforms to the basic criteria of 36 x 30 x 6 inches and the capacity to hold five bicycles. The bike racks will be used throughout the community so practicality and stability are important to the design. The racks must be constructed using recycled materials.

The bicycle racks created through the WeCycle program will be placed along several paths on campus and in the downtown Coeur d’Alene area to promote bicycle friendly transportation.

Drafts of the bicycle rack designs must be submitted to [email protected] or they may be dropped off in person in Chivvis’ mailbox in Winton Hall Room 134 on NIC’s main campus. The designs will be judged according to functionality, durability and aesthetic appeal and 15-20 submissions will be selected for placement in the community.

Information: Mike Dabrowski at (208) 290-5318 or www.facebook.com/wecycle.

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Stacy Hudson is the Public Information Coordinator for North Idaho College

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