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Tom Koos riding a Stanford Earth bike

New Bike Sharing Program at Stanford Earth

BY Barbara Buell
ClockJune 21, 2016

Starting now, faculty and staff at the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences will be able to borrow an easily accessible bike to make quick trips across campus. 

“We hope this will make it faster and more efficient to get around, and discourage unnecessary driving and re-parking,” said Tom Koos, Associate Director of Health and Safety at Stanford Earth. “We are, after all, a school that teaches sustainable use of resources. We’re walking the talk.”

Stanford has long been a bike friendly place with more than 13,000 bicycles in use on a daily basis, 19,000 bike parking spaces, and 12 miles of bike lanes on campus. Stanford was the first university to be designated a Platinum Level Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists in 2011 and is the only college to receive a renewal in 2015. Stanford Earth is one of 22 department bike fleet programs on campus. 

To join the Stanford Earth departmental bike share program, faculty and staff simply need to meet once with Koos for a brief safety orientation. “Safety is paramount,” said Koos. “Riders must wear helmets which we provide if they don’t have their own.” Participating riders will then be given a code so that they are able to access the bikes at will. 

The availability of bikes will be first come, first served. There are currently three Priority bicycles marked with the Stanford Earth logo on their baskets outside the rear entrance of the Mitchell Earth Sciences Building along Panama Mall. If demand is high, more bikes are likely to be provided, Koos said. The bikes are not available for students at this time.

Email Tom Koos for Stanford Earth bike sharing at or call 650 736-1002.

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