Oregon State University (OSU), in partnership with the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG), will be bringing the Pedal Corvallis bikeshare program to campus, by installing two bikeshare stations and locating eight bikes in late April. The stations will be located on Jefferson Avenue near the Kerr Administration Building, and on Monroe Avenue at Weniger Hall, thanks to sponsorship from OSU Transportation Services and the OSU Sustainability Office.
A celebratory expansion launch will be held at OSU’s Beyond Earth Day Community Fair, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, at the Student Experience Center Plaza. The event is open to the public.
“OCWCOG is pleased to partner with OSU on the expansion of Pedal Corvallis,” said Fred Abousleman, Executive Director, OCWCOG. “This expansion provides a tremendous opportunity for the students on campus and residents throughout the community, as we continue to offer an easy and cost-effective additional form of transportation. We look forward to working with OSU and the community on ensuring Pedal Corvallis’ success.”
The OSU stations are the first expansion of Pedal Corvallis since the system was launched last June. A total of 221 Corvallis residents and visitors have taken over 1,200 bikeshare trips so far. Pedal Corvallis, in partnership with local Medicaid provider InterCommunity Health Network Coordinated Care Organization (INH-CCO), is a pilot bikeshare program of OCWCOG. All bike and station maintenance is performed by Zagster, a bikeshare vendor with operations throughout the U.S.
The fleet of white bikes parked at designated racks throughout the City are available to anyone age 18 or older. An annual pass costs $25, a monthly pass $10, and a three-day pass $5. Pass holders can use their phone to unlock the bikes for rides of 2 hours or less for free. With the OSU expansion, Pedal Corvallis will have eight stations, with 41 bicycles and two adult trikes.
“Bikesharing gives you the freedom of a bike without needing to buy, store, or maintain one of your own. It will also give you access to a bike when yours isn’t on campus” said Meredith Williams, director of OSU Transportation Services. “This adds another great option for students, employees, and campus visitors wanting to get around Corvallis. Pedal Corvallis will complement existing services such as the free campus shuttle, Zipcar, and the many transit routes that serve OSU.”
In addition to OSU and IHN-CCO, financial sponsors of Pedal Corvallis are SamFit, Linn-Benton Community College, NuScale Power, the Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, First Alternative Co-op, Woodstocks Pizza, and the City of Corvallis Active Transportation Program. Community partners include the City of Corvallis, Benton County, Corvallis 509J School District, Samaritan Health Services, Oregon State Credit Union, and the Mid-Valley Bicycle Club.
For more information about the OSU expansion launch event, contact OSU Transportation Options Coordinator Sarah Bronstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Pedal Corvallis, contact OCWCOG’s Community and Economic Development Department at 541-924-8480 or visit www.ocwcog.org/pedal.