Visit parking.arizona.edu for more information on bike paths on campus and the different bicycle programs provided by the UA's Parking and Transportation Services.
Beneath a blue tent in front of Nugent Building on the University of Arizona Mall, a rush of students stops on the way to class to drop off bicycles in need of repair.
The name Bike Ambassadors sounds heroic, but that's what they are — heroes — to the thousands who rely on bikes for campus transportation.
It's one of a number of services the UA offers for cyclists, making the institution one of the most bicycle-friendly universities in the country, according to the League of American Bicyclists.
An estimated 10,000 people ride bikes on the UA campus, according to a Parking and Transportation Services survey taken four years ago, and any one of them can come to the Bike Ambassador program with a flat tire, broken brakes or chains, or any other issue to receive on-the-spot repairs. This includes students, employees and the general public.
"Even a flat repair can save a student almost 25 bucks to have it done at a bike shop, so it's a great service for the students here," said Jim Harms, Bike Ambassador program manager.
The Bike Ambassador program is a free service funded by PTS in partnership with Pima County Department of Transportation. The tent is conveniently located next to a bike valet service, where riders can park bikes in a secure area without needing to lock them up. The ambassadors also teach free classes once a month through the Pima County Bicycle and Pedestrian program.