The UO Bike Program‘s most recent Bicycle Appreciation Day (BAD) was a big success. We hauled a full set of tools, six collapsible stands, two tables, two pumps, and four people from the Barn to 13th Ave. next to Lillis Hall. Bike Program staff, Outdoor Program staff, volunteers, and mechanics from Paul’s Bicycle Way of Life performed free minor repairs on dozens of bikes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We also distributed an informational zine we made, free lights from the Oregon Department of Transportation Safety Division, and coffee from Holy Cow.
An interesting difference from past BADs: many bicyclists hoisted their steeds into the stands themselves in order to mount their free lights, and soon were performing some of their own maintenance, transforming the scene into an inspiring show of do-it-yourselfersim.
BAD also received mention in the Oregon Daily Emerald and this message from UO VP for Student Affairs Robin Holmes:
I walked by the Bike Appreciation Day booth yesterday and it seemed to be a rousing success!! I am continually impressed with the Bike Loan program and am excited to help in any way to assist this program to grow and be even more successful. You are all doing a wonderful job and providing a very important service to our university community. Keep up the good work and thanks!