CCycle was one of several groups that took part in Colorado College’s first formal crowdfunding effort this spring.

CCycle lends bikes to 25 students per block, making the Colorado Springs community more accessible, while capitalizing on the campus cycling culture, and aligning with the school’s sustainability goals. The student-run bike share raised $2,725 — 90 percent of its targeted funds.

“The innovative spirit of CC students and alumni were an inspiration for a crowdfunding platform,” said Kerry Brooke Steere, director of annual giving. “By sharing projects that are incredibly transparent about what gifts do for CC students and faculty, it gives donors whose interest is piqued by a specific project the opportunity to make a gift that has a direct impact and demonstrates how giving to CC is a powerful investment.”

Jordan Ellison ’19, a volunteer who helps maintain the bike fleet, served as project manager and produced a video that helped make the case for the CCycle fundraising effort.

“I’m passionate about cycling, racing, and being active in the cycling community,” Ellison says. “We have city bikes, but thanks to everyone who donated, we’ll be able to buy a couple of mountain bikes so students can explore the amazing trails in Colorado. The money is definitely going to be put to good use.”