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New program offering free bicycles for students with transportation needs

New program offering free bicycles for students with transportation needs

Thu Sep 6, 2018

It’s well known that many cite a lack of transportation as an obstacle to attending college. However, Brazosport College is beginning a new program that will assist many of its students with transportation needs.

Through its new Bikes for Students program, students in need can receive a free bicycle that can be used to travel to and from the school. A Brazosport College student I.D. is the only requirement to receive a bike.

“If you have a need, come and get a bike,” said program coordinator Dr. Barry Foster. “The only thing we ask is that you either return it or pass it on to someone else once you don’t need it anymore.”

Assisting Foster with the program is Ben Madary, owner of Cycle Works in Clute. The program is sponsored by the BC Department of Student Life.

Foster came up with the idea for the program after hearing stories of students walking long distances to attend Brazosport College.

“We always try to tap into the needs of our students and a lack of transportation is often a problem,” Foster said. “Our goal is to enhance our culture of helping students succeed.”

Foster also accepts donations of used bikes —in working order — that can be passed on to other riders in need.

For more information on the BC Bikes for Students program or to inquire about a bike, contact Foster at barry.foster@brazosport.edu.