UTAS bike hub - the look for the future Wed 10 October 2012 Nick McKim Minister for Sustainable Transport Download hi-res version The Minister for Sustainable Transport, Nick McKim, today opened the University of Tasmania's first designated bike hub. Mr McKim also launched the University's Sustainable Transport Strategy, which gave rise to the bike hub. "UTAS is to be commended for planning for the future, with a focus on sustainability, and the result is fantastic," Mr McKim said. "Students and staff will be able to charge their e-bikes using renewable energy solar panels, lock them up safely and keep them in good running order. "As outlined in the UTAS Sustainable Transport Strategy, the University recognises the need to reduce the impact of rising fuel prices. "This bike hub is an example of how these challenges can be turned into opportunities, where infrastructure is more people focused and getting from one location to another is a pleasurable experience. "This hub is also an inspiring example of students and staff working together, with the State Government and Hobart City Council." Mr McKim said the bike hub at the UTAS Sandy Bay Campus was part funded with $10,000 from the Sustainable Transport portfolio's Cycling for Active Transport fund. The bike hub features photovoltaic panels electric bike charge points a maintenance station for use by individual riders and community groups offering training and repair classes Mr McKim said that he looked forward to seeing the planned 20 electric bike charge points and more than 50 bike parks and five with e-bike charging points at the IMAS building on Hobart's waterfront.