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NMSU Facilities and Services more mobile, eco-friendly, with service tricycles

New Mexico State University Facilities and Services purchased four service tricycles for daily on-campus use by Facilities and Services employees. The tricycles will save Facilities and Services time and money and help prevent global warming.

People stand with tricycles outside a bike shop.
NMSU Facilities and Services recently purchased three service tricycles for F&S work on campus. Pictured left to right picking up the tricycles are David Shearer, joni newcomer, Stephen Self, Jack Kirby, all F&S employees, and Pablo Lopez, manager of Outdoor Adventures. (NMSU photo by Emily C. Kelley)
A man rides a tricycle.
Stephen Self, NMSU Facilities space planner, takes one of Facilities and Services' new service trikes for a test ride at Outdoor Adventures. (NMSU photo by Emily C. Kelley)

The trikes, purchased from Outdoor Adventures in Las Cruces, are fully outfitted with safety equipment, including a horn, front and rear lights and a helmet for the rider. They have three speeds for negotiating NMSU's hills, and a lockable trunk for transporting supplies and tools needed for day-to-day projects.

"The main reason we're using them is to eliminate our carbon emissions and greenhouse gases from the atmosphere by not driving cars," said joni newcomer, manager of the NMSU Office of Sustainability.

"Human-powered vehicles offer speed and ease of getting around campus," said Stephen Self, manager of Facilities and Services Space Planning. "If you hop in a vehicle, you have to wait through all of the traffic - and traffic is a big issue. Parking is another issue. Riding a bike or a trike offsets those and you're not burning any fossil fuels you're burning calories, and that's a win-win."

newcomer said her job requires her to be out talking with students, visiting classes and setting up informational booths, but all of those activities require her to carry supplies. The trike will allow her to be more mobile and not worry about driving.

The four tricycles are assigned to the Office of Sustainability, Environmental Health and Safety, and Space Planning.

To learn more about the tricycles, contact newcomer at 575-646-7563 or newcomer@nmsu.edu.