Pirate Bikes provide a quick means for students, faculty, and staff to get from one place to another. Members of our campus community may pick up a Pirate Bike outside of their residence hall, academic building (or anywhere else they find them) free of charge, for their own use. They may ride to their next location and leave it unlocked for the next person.
Why We Have Pirate Bikes
The bikes – which are called “Pirate Bikes” because of the school mascot, the Pirates – were donated in memory of Walter P. “Wally” Meyer, who died in 2004 following a bicycle accident in Austin. Meyer was an Austin native and a 1986 graduate of Southwestern. “My brother loved to ride,” says Meyer’s sister, Heidi Meyer Curry, who provided funds for the bikes. “I wanted to do something to keep his memory and spirit alive.” The new “Pirate Bikes” have decals on the rear fenders that say “In memory of Wally Meyer ’86 and his zest for life and cycling.” For more, watch the Pirate Bike Kick-off Video.
Pirate Bike Maintenance and Care
Campus Police play an instrumental role in the Pirate Bike Program. They handle all administrative matters, including coordinating student workers to conduct daily maintenance of the bikes. Also, students may check out a helmet at the campus police station for their daily use. Once the program has extended S.U. use throughout Georgetown, students will be able to “check out” bikes and locks from the police, as well.
Pirate Bike News
Southwestern On Camera
Explore Pirate Bikes
A collection of videos about Southwestern's unique Pirate Bike Program
Pirate Bike Committee
The Pirate Bike Committee includes members of Student Congress, Student Foundation, the Resident Assistants, and the Athletic Advisory Group.