Through a partnership with the We Mean Green Fund, the UNT Police Department provides students with free bicycle locks and engraves their bikes with personal identification information. By providing engravings that can help identify a stolen bicycle and sharing bike locks free of cost to students, students feel more confident in their shift from cars to bikes on the University of North Texas campus. This initiative creates a safer campus atmosphere for bike riders and encourages a green lifestyle for the UNT community. Libby Brookshire, a student who received a bike lock from this program, says, “The UNT bike lock program funded by the We Mean Green Fund allows students to feel secure using their bikes on and off campus and promotes the use of alternative, zero-carbon transportation.” The project was first launched at EarthFest in 2016 where the UNT Police Department engraved over 100 bicycles for students who also received a free bicycle lock. The partnership continues this year as the student-majority We Mean Green Fund Committee approved additional funding for the effort. Students receiving bike engravings

The police department hopes that this project will improve local air quality through the encouragement of alternative modes of transportation. Officer David Causey of the UNT Police Department says, “Nobody wants to worry about having their property stolen and we often see students using ineffective cable locks. If we can give students peace of mind by partnering with the We Mean Green Fund and providing the U-Locks, then we eliminate one more obstacle to ridership.” 

Students can follow @UNTPolice on Twitter and Facebook or visit the campus police department to receive this free service at the Sullivant Public Safety Center located at 1700 Wilshire St. Denton, TX 76201-6572. The Police Department also provides this service at tabling events frequently held on the Library Mall.

If you’d like to make your green voice heard on campus, visit the We Mean Green Fund website to propose a campus environmental sustainability project that you’re passionate about leading! The fund is made possible by the UNT student body through an Environmental Service Fee which is collected in the spring and fall semesters to help reduce UNT’s impact on the environment. Follow the We Mean Green Fund on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay tuned with community-driven campus environmental sustainability projects.

Written by Delany Baum, We Mean Green Fund Graduate Assistant and Environmental Science Masters Student.

Photos courtesy of the UNT Police Department. 

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