Program Overviews

The Center for Sustainability Education (CSE) hopes to use this blog to increase knowledge of biking-related opportunities and resources for the Dickinson College community. Check out this Biking @ Dickinson blog for updates on events, programs, local routes or ways to get involved, with or without a bike of your own. Everything you need is right here!

Sustainability is a defining characteristic of a Dickinson education.  It is integrated into course work and embraced as a central goal by many student organizations.  The Biking @ Dickinson initiative plays an important role in sustainability at Dickinson by promoting sustainable transportation, building community, and providing biking education to the campus.

Biking @ Dickinson Initiatives and Programs

The Handlebar is an on-campus teaching bike repair shop located in the basement of Davidson-Wilson Residence Hall along Dickinson Walk.  Learn how to fix your own bike and volunteer to teach others and build Green Bikes!

The Green Bikes program is an opportunity for students to borrow a bike from The Handlebar fleet for an entire semester.  These bikes are built with reused bike parts by students, faculty, and staff who volunteer at The Handlebar.

The Red Bikes program is run through DPS.  Borrow a bike for the day for free!

Welding Projects are conducted throughout the semester, and focus on real-life, practical projects that help further bicycling on campus and in the Carlisle community.

The Biking Listserv is a group of almost 300 community members who network about bike rides, trail maintenance, volunteer opportunities, and love of biking.  To subscribe to the biking mailing list, send an email to with “subscribe” in the body of the message. Follow the instructions in the confirmation email to complete your subscription request. (To unsubscribe, send a message to with “unsubscribe” in the body.) Once subscribed, you can send e-mails to everyone on the list: simply mail to!

The Bike Storage program allows students to store their bikes in a safe, indoor location during winter and summer breaks.

Each semester Biking @ Dickinson and CSE host biking related events which include Handlebar Volunteer Training and the Bike to Farm Potluck.