New wheels reduce footprints

New wheels reduce footprints

10 Mar 2011

The first day of the Academic year, started off with a bang for La Trobe University PhD student Duc Toan Truong. After being in Albury-Wodonga for only a week, Toan won a new bike courtesy of the campus’s Green Team.

Duc on a bikeToan recently arrived from Vietnam to commence his research with La Trobe’s Water Research group and is planning on analysing the scope for institutional reform in Vietnam water resource management as part of his PhD.

‘Toan completed his Master of Science in Natural Resource Management at the University of Western Australia in 2007 before returning to Vietnam where he worked with the Institute for Water Resources Economics and Management, which is part of the Vietnamese Academy for Water Resources,’ says Campus Director, Professor Lin Crase.

Travelling to and from uni in a sustainable way was just what Toan was looking for when he put his name in the free raffle.

‘It’s great to start the year off with  such a nice convenient tool in order to get to where I need to go on time and fit in with the campus community. The new bike has cut my travel time in half,’ says Toan.

The Green Team initiatives have been working hard to make Albury-Wodonga a more sustainable campus for the past few years. They have managed to get more bike racks and seen more people cycle to work after a survey showed most people drove, says David Buckle, Infrastructure and Operations, Albury-Wodonga campus.

‘The Wodonga Travelsmart project survey showed that most folk used cars as their main choice for transport. In order to reduce our footprint we held a lot of activities to promote cycling awareness, now there are a lot more people using bikes instead of cars here at La Trobe,’ says David.

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:

David Buckle
Resources Officer, Infrastructure and Operations
T: 02 6024 9775 E:

Meghan Lodwick
La Trobe University Communications Officer
T: 03 9479 5353 M: 0418 495 941 E:




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