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The transportation group works to make alternative transportation at OSU fun, safe, accessible, and worthwhile by (a) educating the community on such modes of transit, and (b) making the OSU campus more pedestrian-, bike-, and bus-friendly.
OSU Bicycle Loan Program
We launched our program in winter term 2013 with a small fleet of mostly new single speed bicycles. This program is a collaboration between the Student Sustainability Initiative, the Department of Recreational Sports, and the Sustainability Office.
This annual event, is heald in mid-May on the Memorial Union Brick Mall. It will melt your face.
Corvallis Bicycle Collective
I participate on the board of directors for this local-non profit. More information for this organization can be found at www.corvallisbikes.org
Drive Less. Connect.
In Fall 2011, the states of Oregon and Washington established a new ride-matching system for commuting or one-time trips. The SSI and Sustainability Office, with support from the Be Well campaign, were responsible for launching and fostering the OSU network.
This annual event, held in mid-May on the Memorial Union Brick Mall, brought together numerous bicycle-related groups from across Corvallis, providing everything from free tune-ups and registration to cycling club membership and decorations. Besides getting dedicated cyclists ready for warm-weather riding, the event also encouraged student
Bicycle Loan Program
In an effort to expand alternative transportation opportunities to a wider range of OSU community members, the SSI and Dixon Recreation Center collaborated on overhauling the existing Dixon Bike Rental Program, making it easier, cheaper, safer, and more accessible. As of May 2012, the program was set to launch in Fall 2012.
Bicycle Physical Activity Course
Building off of the success and infrastructure of the Bicycle Loan Program, the SSI initiated the creation of a Bicycle Physical Activity Course through Dixon Recreation Center. The project was passed off to the 2013 academic year staff
Walking through campus, it is easy to see that most bicycle parking areas are filled to capacity during class hours. We are working with members of the OSU Alternative Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC) to get more bike parking in convenient locations, as well as improving the quality of some of the existing bicycle parking to accommodate easy access for a high density of cyclists.
OSU Bike Share/Rental Program
We are looking into several different models of long- and short-term bicycle shares and rentals. BIXI is a daily rental system currently used on the Washington State University campus as well as the city of Montreal, Canada. Installing this rental system with several docking stations located around campus would make navigating between buildings a breeze. We are also piecing together a long-term bike rental program similar to that of the UO, which would provide students with low-cost used bikes to rent on a term-to-term basis.~3/6/11: Things are slowly moving forward with the bike share! Rose has contacted WSU to get statistics and more information about their BIXI program, and there has been interest expressed by the Corvallis Sustainability Coallition in helping to get this started city-wide.
Bicycle Repair Workshops
Without insurance, parking fees, or gas costs, biking is already much more affordable than driving. How great would it be to also cut out the cost of minor repairs? We are joining forces with the Corvallis Bicycle Collective (CBC) and Dixon Outdoor Rec Center to provide workshops for OSU students to learn the nuts and bolts of bicycle repair and maintenance.~3/6/11: A mobile bike shop courtesy of the Corvallis Bicycle Collective will be availible in the MU brick mall several afternoons during Earth Week. Stop by and get your bike tuned up for upcoming rides on beautiful spring days!
OSU Bike Co-op
In January of 2009, OSU students passionate about sustainability and bicycling partnered with the Corvallis Bicycle Collective, a community group dedicated to putting wheels under people, to create a volunteer-run bicycle shop based out of the Student Sustainability Center. In August 2010, the shop was dissolved, but the SSI and CBC still work closely with one another to provide support for both the OSU and the greater