On November 20 and 21, the COBBikes will be stored away for the winter. Rest assured, they will return in the spring.
The bikes will be stored in the restrooms in Jake Christiansen Stadium with other students’ bikes will be stored during the winter.
Dr. Kenneth W. Foster, political science professor and program Director of Global Studies, said the bikes won’t be used often, and should be put away. Also, due to the harsh winter conditions, the bikes will maintain their quality longer by storing them away in the winter.
Sophomore Jessica Mooberry, an avid user of the COBBikes, agreed with the storage of the bikes.
“It’s dangerous riding a bike during the winter,” Mooberry said. “It’s super icy and the bikes aren’t built for winter conditions, they’re keeping people safe by putting the bikes away.”
The bikes will be back. “They will be put out in the spring when the weather looks good enough to do this,” said Foster. “Probably sometime in March.”
Based on the bikes’ wild popularity, they will return better than ever. The rack for the COBBikes will have a new shelter and a Fix-It station will be installed, where students can have access to tools and an air pump maintain their bikes. Facilities Management will be working on this during the winter.
“It will look great,” Foster said, though he can’t provide much information on the still developing plans.
The bike program will continue into the summer for students that will be on campus because of summer classes and for the international students that arrive in July and August.
Sage is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Concordian. She is a senior majoring in Multimedia Journalism and Spanish and minoring in Communication Studies.