The Bike Shack

Thursday September 27 2012


bike shack cocoThe Bike Shack is a fully-equipped, no-or-low cost community bike repair shop and the hub of a bicycle Renaissance at Lynchburg College, according to professor of mathematics Dr. Kevin Peterson, who led the project.

Check this student-produced video (at left).

Located in the parking lot behind 335 College Street, The Bike Shack has already seen a lot of action in the first weeks of school.

"This is so cool," said Naomi Tice '14, who borrowed a bike this summer to get to her waitressing job at My Favorite Things. Naomi recently returned the bike after buying a used bike for herself. Dr. Mike Coco, associate professor of mathematics, gave it a tune-up to be sure it was safe. Naomi is using her bike to ride to Lynchburg Grows, where she is doing a research project on phosphorus removal by different hydroponic plants.

Dr. Peterson hopes that more students will adopt a bicycle ethic to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their health. He also hopes students will learn to repair their own bikes.

The Bike Shack also accepts donated bicycles that can be repaired and put to good use. Several faculty and staff have already donated bikes. Students can work in The Bike Shack for five hours to earn a bicycle or just pay $75 for one.

Dr. Peterson used funds from the Natural Resources Committee and from Dean John Eccles to get the shop up and running. Physical Plant workers poured a new concrete floor and wired the shop with electricity.

Dr. Peterson, Dr. Coco, and Brian Kane, sciences laboratory coordinator, are the backbone of the operation and all serious bike riders. Dr. Coco and Kane are also trained bike mechanics. All three of them are having fun.

"For me, it's been the very best volunteer experience ever," Dr. Peterson said.

For more information, contact Dr. Kevin Peterson at