CANTON, MI--(Marketwire - Oct 24, 2012) - Ranked this year as one of the country's 35 most bike-friendly universities, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor continues to enhance its support for the two-wheeling trend, including a new bike rental program introduced this Fall. Among the many accommodations that encourage biking on the campus are covered shelters that protect bike and rider.
Two covered bike shelters are among the amenities enjoyed by undergraduate students who live and learn in the North Quad, the university's sophisticated residential and academic complex. The Parachute model shelters were manufactured by Duo-Gard Industries Inc. in Canton, MI. The company specializes in bike shelters, both standard and custom.
The North Quad location added one 8'x38' shelter that accommodates 30 bikes and another 8'x52' unit that can park 42 bikes. Duo-Gard's Parachute style features a small, streamlined footprint and a graceful, curving roof that evokes its billowing namesake. Constructed of bronze 8mm translucent polycarbonate, the roof system provides shatterproof protection while allowing diffuse daylight to shine through. Duo-Gard fabricated the steel framing system in the company's in-house facility.
Although biking on the campus has been popular since the 1970s, the increasing interest in sustainability and alternative transportation has propelled it forward. The new rental program, offering bikes for $5 a day or $75 a semester, reflects a response to the campus community. The covered bike shelters also reflect a national trend.
"As leaders and educators in sustainability, the academic community is one of our most active and influential markets," said Michael Arvidson, Duo-Gard's executive vice president. "The greening of America's campuses -- and biking is part of that -- is critical to the country's progress in preserving our environment. We're proud to have our bike shelters as part of that."
Bicycling on U-M's campus is hardly new. However, the university's current support and encouragement of biking earned it a Bronze award in the 2012 annual ranking by The League of American Bicyclists.
About Duo-Gard Industries Inc.:
Duo-Gard Industries Inc. is a leading innovator in high-performance translucent daylighting systems and architectural illumination, as well as custom canopies, shelters and outdoor structures. For over 28 years, Duo-Gard has advanced translucent technology with design, engineering, fabrication and installation of custom architectural products that enhance sustainability. Duo-Gard was established in 1984 and is based in Canton, MI. The company was honored in May 2012 as one of the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch in 2012. For additional information, please visit www.duo-gard.com.