The Manhattan bike community is teaming up to be part of Green Week at Kansas State. Green Apple Bikes, Pathfinder and Brew Bros Hops & Sprockets came together in Bosco Student Plaza to give free tuneups and consultations to anyone who brought their bikes by.
“We’re here getting people aware about riding bikes,” said Ana Grother, sophomore in electrical engineering and Green Apple Bike president. “And we are here to answer questions.”
Brew Bros Hops & Sprockets volunteered their time from 10 a.m. to noon and Pathfinder volunteers helped from noon to 2 p.m.
Brew Bros Hops & Sprockets is a bike repair shop, as well as a place to buy brewing supplies to brew beer or wine from home.
“We do some work for Green Apple Bikes,” said Aaron Phornton, one of the brothers of Brew Bros. “We are invested in the community and wanted to help out with the event.”
Pathfinder is an outdoor and bike specialist store. Pathfinder mechanic Miranda Martin said they are happy to volunteer and help out with the bikes.
“We’ve mostly been doing safety checks,” Martin said. “If they need more work done, we give them all the information we can about it.”
There were three Pathfinder mechanics there to consult while Grother was passing out free Green Week water bottles and information on bikes.
“Time is a big issue for people,” Grother said. “But a big way to help is for people to volunteer in their free time. Bikes need maintenance and weekday volunteers would be helpful.”
Morgan Hammes, senior in psychology and environmental science and a student in charge of Green Week, came by the Bike 2 Campus stand to get her bike checked out.
“It’s really exciting,” Hammes said. “We need to create efforts in getting different green groups engaged on campus and not just separate organizations.”
Hammes said each event throughout Green Week is designed to educate and meet people where they are in environmental awareness while trying to be approachable.
“The biggest thing is there are so many groups doing different things,” Hammes said. “We want to bring them together and collaborate.”
There are Green Week events throughout the rest of the week including:
- Share & Wear — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bosco Student Plaza
- Green Talks — 3:30-5:30 p.m. Leadership building, Town Hall
- Let’s Talk Trash — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bosco Student Plaza
- Sustainability Carnival — Noon to 2 p.m. Bosco Student Plaza
- Living Green — 6-7:30 p.m. Justin Hall 163
- Green Roofs Event — 6:15 p.m. Purple Masque Theatre
- Arbor Day
- Grassroots Festival — 7 p.m. Kramer Lawn