UW-L's Rec Sports Outdoor Connection provides a valuable service for the La Crosse area. The Green Bike program provides refurbished bicycles to students for any duration of time for $15. A deposit of $25 or $50 depending on the bike is also required, but is refunded when bicycles are returned. The service provides an inexpensive alternative to automobile use, encourages physical activity, and helps protect the environment by properly recycling bicycle frames and parts. The Green Bike program, which began in 2004, has refurbished and rented over 200 bikes and recycled more than 40,000 pounds of metal.Bike donations of all models, conditions and sizes are needed. Consider donating new or used bikes to keep the program alive. For more information, contact Outdoor Connection at (608) 785-8860.