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Weekly Update: Students are back, Illini Frenzy

Posted by Sarthak Prasad on August 21, 2023

All, The semester has officially started! People are knocking on the doors at all hours, we’re almost out of sale bikes, the 529 registrations are a near constant, and there’s a wait for stand time by 3p every day. Demand is never higher than this time of year.

On Saturday, we had the Illini Frenzy, and our spin-a-prize bike wheel was a huge hit. Something Pavlovian about the act of spinning a wheel. Even when we were out of all our freebies, people spun it anyways, and a line formed almost immediately. I’ll need to work out a couple of things with it, but I think it’s a keeper for outreach events and the like.

On Friday, Daniel and Rick—two experienced volunteers—came by to lend a hand—and boy did we need it! Many thanks to them. Also, thanks to Todd for grabbing scrap over the weekend.

This week I’ll try to throw some bikes together during our off hours, send out some offer letters for new hires, and do some trainings for our new/returning staff.

The numbers:

Visitors: 156
Sales: $3,127.75
Bikes (refurb): 13 for $1,840

Bikes (B-a-B): 1 for $50
Memberships: 21 for $630
Tires/tubes: 10 for $84


Jacob Benjamin
Campus Bike Center Coordinator