Over the course of 2014, JAMK, the University of Jyväskylä and Humak University of Applied Sciences collected 100 used bicycles to raffle to new students. Both the staff at institutions of higher education and other city residents were eager to donate bicycles.

The raffle was open to all students who began their degree studies at institutions of higher education in Jyväskylä in autumn 2014. A total of 1,573 students participated in the raffle.

The bicycles were repaired to a condition suitable for road traffic and safety tested and then presented to the winners on Kävelykatu Street in Jyväskylä on the Car Free Day on 22 September. In addition to the bicycles, the winners were given bicycle helmets.

The student bicycle project was intended to support resource smart transportation among young people, to boost young people’s awareness of traffic safety and to welcome the students in their new study city. The idea of recycling discarded bicycles by putting them to student use was created in connection with the “Kohti resurssiviisautta” (Towards resource effectiveness) project of the City of Jyväskylä and Sitra.
The institutions of higher education in the Jyväskylä region decided to promote resource effectiveness through cooperation by recycling old bicycles and giving them to students. The bicycles were restored by Jyväskylä Cycling Association.

The ‘100 bikes’ project partners also included the City of Jyväskylä, Keski-Suomen Osuuspankki, Jyväskylä Energy Group, Jyväskylä Regional Development Company Jykes Ltd., Liikenneturva, Intersport (in the city centre) and Keskimaa. The discarded bicycle donators included Keski-Suomen opiskelija-asuntosäätiö, JYY-Palvelut Oy, Sovatek Foundation and the personnel and students of institutions of higher education.

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