Promoting Sustainability on Campuses: A College Student Run, Electric-Assisted Bicycle Competition for High Schools

EPA Grant Number: SU833919
Title: Promoting Sustainability on Campuses: A College Student Run, Electric-Assisted Bicycle Competition for High Schools
Investigators: Bates Prins, Samantha C. , Lintner, J. Patrick , Prins, Robert
Institution: James Madison University
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Phase: I
Project Period: August 15, 2008 through August 14, 2009
Project Amount: $10,000
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2008) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: P3 Challenge Area - Energy , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Awards , Sustainability


We propose to take the proven ideas behind the Society for Automotive Engineering competitions and Lego leagues and develop a competition that addresses commuter transportation, sustainability issue of local and national importance, to be designed and run by university students. Specifically we propose to bring together group of undergraduate majors in Engineering, Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT), Secondary Education and Mathematics or Statistics at James Madison University (JMU) who will develop and run an annual electric – assisted bicycle competition for high school students.


In the 2008 – 2009 academic year, the interdisciplinary team would develop the competition rules, design parameters and judging criteria, and run an internal competition to test out their competition. In later years, the annual competition would be open to high schools with the competition culminating in two – day SAE style competition held at JMU.

Expected Results:

The project, through execution and dissemination, would raise awareness and desire for an alternative commuting vehicle for high school and college students to alleviate emissions and non – renewable fuels usage, crowding, parking shortages, road maintenance etc. Further, we propose in the first year to conduct survey that addresses the perceived limits to electric – assisted bicycles as form of transportation and the desired features of such bicycle in order to develop electric – assisted bicycles that appeal to high school and college students.

Publications and Presentations:

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Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report