Injecting new life to abandoned bikes, CCU students launch Cooperate Charity Bike on campus.Published on Dec 30 2013
As graduate season is underway, many students graduate from universities. Consequently, many bikes are left abandoned on the campus and these vehicles are given away to those students or faculty in need. Yet, do you know after those 50 of abandoned bikes are repainted, repaired and maintained by CCU students, they are given new life as on-campus C.C. Bike; this service was launched on December 2. In the future, student, faculty and local residents can utilize C.C. Bike freely. The C.C. Bike group will also cooperate with social welfare organizations in the future, hoping these recycled bikes could truly benefit the people in need.
“I want to create a welfare-friendly environment, and promote the concept of recycling.” There is one time that she finds out the school waste dump in passing. CCU sophomore, Tang Tingyu, in Department of Social Welfare notices that the amount of abandoned bikes is unbelievably large. She thinks that all these resources are not well-managed, so the idea of C.C. Bike comes to her mind.
Tang Tingyu strikes for the fund to repair and maintain 50 bikes through the application of CCU general education course “Service Learning”. Besides, she also receives the supports from Office of General Affair and Vehicle Management Center. She also collaborates with the other 14 students; they draw up borrowing rules altogether and later name it C.C. Bike. They even paint all bikes yellow by themselves. “We hope we could call on the crowd to protect the environment, to get involved in charity and to gain happiness through all of these great deeds,” says Tang Tingyu. The full name of C.C. Bike is “Cooperation, Charity, Bike”. It derives from the concept of environment protection, charity and happiness. As for the chosen color, yellow, it is to differentiate C.C. Bike from other bikes because of its conspicuousness in color.
C.C. Bike will be on trial on November 28th and launched officially on December 2nd. “This service is not just exclusive to CCU students and faculty. It opens to all the people for free.” Tang Tingyu states that all the borrowers should follow the rule of “No lock, No stealing, No vandalism”. Plus, the availability is restricted within main gate, activity center, library, common class building and other 105 exclusive parking spots; places like off-campus area, dormitory, gym and somewhere steep are not allowed.
What’s more, to sustain C.C. Bike in a functional condition, the students who are in charge have to execute regular checks every week. They also make written records on repair form and report system on Facebook. If borrowers notice any damage on the bikes, they could report it promptly and help to extend the length of service.
Tang Tingyu indicates that some partners in the activity deem the notion of C.C. Bike infeasible; they are afraid that vandalism, stealing or certain immoral behaviors would happen. “Yet, we deeply believe that everyone could share their resource with others” she says. Under their guidance, the student group will adopt social network tactic—Facebook. By the power of the crowd, they raise the sense of dedication among students and further reach the goal of mutual supervision. Tang Tingyu mentions that some students have no idea how to take care of their bikes after graduation. Yet, once they contact with this charitable activity, they can donate bikes as C.C. Bike in their own name. Plus, some people even write down some warm and supportive words on the bike, so every borrower could sense the donators’ warm heartedness.
After the activity of C.C. Bike is launched, Tang Tingyu proposes the idea of taking this activity as part of the Service Learning courseto CCU Center for General Education, calling more students to get involved in charity. She also indicates that “We are looking forward to cooperating with non-governmental organizations. Besides, we are going to strik for more abandoned bikes from our university and further raise funds from enterprises or students for the use of compensating expense of bike maintenance. After these vehicles are repaired, they will be used by those people in need.”