Crowdfunding campaign shines light on campus bike safety

Yellow Bike on campus

Northern Arizona University has launched a crowdfunding campaign to equip the yellow bikes on campus with LED safety lights, setting a goal of $5,850 by Earth Day on April 22.

Over the next month, the Lights for Yellow Bikes campaign will raise funds to provide both front and rear lights for the 150 bicycles in the Yellow Bike program. A gift of $39 will purchase a complete light set for one bike.

“Flagstaff is a bike-friendly community and the Yellow Bike program provides the opportunity to check out a bike to get around campus without dealing with the cost and maintenance of owning a bike,” said Matt Tantau, associate director of Campus Services and Activities. “A lot of our students use the yellow bikes on and off campus, so having lights will provide them additional safety at night and allow them to expand when and where they ride the bikes.”

The free bike-sharing initiative allowing students, faculty and staff to borrow bikes for up to seven days. Each bike comes with a bike lock and helmet, and they can be checked out the du Bois Center, University Union and Health and Learning Center. The program averages 300 to 400 users annually, with approximately 54 percent of riders using bikes up to six times each academic year.

To make a donation to the Lights for Yellow Bikes campaign, click here.