As pleasant as the rural life in Fermilab's Village can be, residing there for months without transportation is a bit confining. Now, thanks to the efforts of the URA, UEC, and GSA, Village residents have a free source of transportation: 25 Del Sol Trail Wind bicycles.
"The bikes' primary purpose is to help people living in the Village to get around, but they're available to everyone," said GSA representative Andrew Hamilton, who helped Chris White, former head of the UEC, to get funds for the bikes.
"Stan Wojcicki first made a direct request to UEC on behalf of the user community," White said. "I responded by taking that request to the URA; Andrew did the leg work by finding a good bike model." White was able to get $7500 from the URA to purchase the 25 bikes, which were distributed to MINOS, MiniBooNE, CDF, and DZero.
"The Del Sol Trail Wind is the most reliable model we could find," said Hamilton, formerly a competitive bicyclist. With its sleek navy blue body and white-wall tires, the classic cruiser also has plenty of style. "It's a great bike and, luckily, everyone seems to like how it looks."
Users must contact their experiment's spokesperson to borrow a bike.
"This project was such a success, we hope to buy more bicycles next year. Right now, all but three are out on loan," Hamilton said. He also encourages bike enthusiasts to take part in the GSA's Bike Maintenance Day at Kuhn Barn from 4-6 pm on July 30th for tips on bike upkeep.