Cabrillo students eligible for zero interest bike loan

Ecology Action, a local non-profit organization that promotes sustainable living, is teaming up with Cabrillo College to offer students zero interest loans to purchase bicycles they can use to get to school, work and anywhere else they need to go. Commuting by bicycle paves the way for healthy living and reduces green house gases in the atmosphere, while saving students money, said Kira Ticus of Ecology Action. Traffic studies show that more than 110,000 vehicles drive Highway 1 each day between Watsonville and Santa Cruz, she said. Some 50-percent of Cabrillo’s green house gases come from students driving to and from school, according to a recent carbon inventory, said Ticus. Anything students can to reduce the number of solo vehicle trips will help reduce green house gas emissions, she said. Loans of up to $500 are available for Cabrillo students who are enrolled in at least nine units, work at least 10-hours weekly and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or more, she said. The money can be used to buy a bicycle or cycling-related accessories. Students who are unemployed can have a parent or guardian co-sign for the loan, which is funded by a grant from the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District, Ticus said. For information, visit or call Ticus at 426-5925 ext. 124.
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