At Rails to Trails, we believe in active transportation, being environmentally friendly and, of course, changing lives. That’s why we were thrilled to catch up with Florida State University (FSU) junior Mark Kastner. Kastner is FSU’s reCycle Bike Program student coordinator, a role he says is “technically a job but much more of a hobby and passion.” Here’s what Mark has to say about the program, which is making students’ lives easier, healthier and greener.
How does the FSU reCycle Bike program work?
Students can rent a bike for either the semester ($35) or the entire academic year ($65). The price includes an excellent lock, a helmet and a subscription to Bike Eat Shop Tallahassee (BEST). The subscription allows them to receive discounts at local restaurants and businesses. The students can also get free maintenance provided by University Cycles.
We rely on donations to get bikes, and we are always encouraging community members to donate any unused or unwanted bikes so we can fix them up and rent them out.
How and why did you get involved?
I stumbled on the program because I was interested in renting a bike. I have always been intrigued by environmental issues, but it was FSU that sparked my passion for it. I am now much more involved in cycling and sit on the City of Tallahassee Bicycling Workgroup. I also enjoy the on-campus bike programming, too. It’s a great environment and a lot of fun; I get to meet awesome people.