New sustainable bike shelter doubles as pavilion

Sustainable bike shelter at the University of Guelph.A sustainable bicycle shelter built in the heart of campus will double as a pavilion for small events and gatherings. Located on the edge of Branion Plaza, the shelter is environmentally friendly in more ways than one, from its promotion of human-powered transit to its curved green roof.

Lighting in the shelter is powered by solar panels installed last fall atop the adjoining Raithby House.

The wood and steel shelter holds 90 bikes in two tiers of new removable racks. Emptied of its racks, it can be used as an open-sided pavilion for small groups. The structure, which is as big as a four-car garage and just over a storey high, was completed in December. Its green roof will be planted this spring with drought-tolerant, low-maintenance plants.

The project was funded entirely by students through the Green Gryphon Initiative, which uses student fees and matching University contributions to support sustainable and energy-efficient projects around campus. Other recent projects include installation of the Raithby solar panels, retrofits to campus lighting and installation of a chilled water reservoir.