UO Bike Program Unveils Repair Trike

To celebrate Earth Week, and to continue in their great program growth, the University of Oregon’s Bike Program is unveiling their new “Mobile Repair Trike” today.  The trike is a collaboration of the Center for Appropriate Transportation (CAT), the Student Sustainability Coalition, and the UO Bike Program.

UO Mobile Repair Trike (photo by Alexander Hongo)
UO Mobile Repair Trike (photo by Alexander Hongo)

The three-wheeled bike features a metal box integrated into the handlebars. The lid of the box slides to one side to serve as a worktable. When extended, a pegboard full of tools slides up within the mechanic’s reach. A lower compartment can store three collapsible bike stands. The tricycle itself is made to haul heavy loads while still being comfortable for any rider. Other nice features include an Alfine 8-speed internal hub and Avid Disc Brakes with a lock setting for parking.

Matt Keller, UO Bike Program Lead Mechanic said, “It will allow us to work on a lot of bikes where they are, so we don’t have to move them.”  This will be particularly important, he says, when the UO Bike share system is online. That bike share system has been delayed with contract negotiations but is speculated to open sometime over the next year (hopefully soon…).

The Mobile Repair Trike will also be used for free repair events on campus and in the community, according to Keeler, like the one happening today from 10 AM – 4 PM across from Lillis Business School on 13th Avenue. Students and community members can stop by with their bikes to have a free safety check from Bike Program staff and volunteers. Anyone stopping will also be able to take a look at the new Mobile repair bike up close and learn more about the UO Bike Program. Continue reading “UO Bike Program Unveils Repair Trike”

University of Oregon Receives Silver Bicycle Friendly University Award

At this week’s National Bike Summit, being held in Washington, DC, awards were announced for the newest “Bicycle Friendly America” category, Universities (joining Communities, States and Businesses). The University of Oregon was one of 32 applicants for the recognition and was one of 9 communities awarded the Silver level award by the League of American Bicyclists.  A total of 20 schools were given the award with two receiving Gold (University of California’s Davis & Santa Barbara) and one Platinum (Stanford University).

Highlighting Stanford University the League said they stood out as Platinum for their breadth of programs, including: a great cycling network, education programs like the Bike Safety Dorm Challenge, and bicycling incentive programs that resulted in an extraordinary number of people biking for transportation and recreation. Currently, 41 percent of people at Stanford commute by bike, compared to 17 percent of people at UO. Continue reading “University of Oregon Receives Silver Bicycle Friendly University Award”

Eugene Area Advocacy Primer Part 1: point2point Solutions

Those of us living and riding in the Eugene/Springfield area have a wonderful problem on our hands.  There are so many advocacy organizations in our area working to improve our lives that it’s almost impossible to keep track of them all.  It can be difficult to see how these organizations fit and work together, and which is responsible for what.   Well, lucky for you gentlefolks WeBikeEugene has come to the rescue!  Last spring we circulated a questionnaire to as many of the local advocacy groups we could, and most of them answered back.  From this we have created the Eugene Area Advocacy Primer.

The primer is a multi-part series which will run more-or-less weekly throughout the rest of summer, and cover organizations such as GEARs, The BikeLane Coalition, The UO Bike Program, Safe Routes to School, The BTA, and point2point Solutions!  If you’d like an organization covered that is not listed here, let us know!

I’ve chosen point2point Solutions to kick off this series.   point2point Solutions is the organization behind the “Drive Less, Save More” campaign last April and the Business Commute Challenge last May.  They are also responsible for the incredibly useful KeepUsMoving.info website which updates commuters on construction that may affect them.

Take the jump to learn about point2point Solutions, how they work, what areas they cover, and what else they do. (They do a lot!)

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Job Posting: UO Bike Program Coordinator

This job posting comes by way of Briana Orr of the UO Bike Program and several readers.  To qualify you must be a UO student. Quoted from Briana’s e-mail:

We are seeking applicants for the UO Bike Program Coordinator position.  I can testify that the experience is a fantastic opportunity to build upon your interests and skills, work with amazing people, and experience the outdoors!

See the attached job description for details.  Any interested applicants should come by the EMU Outdoor Program office (located in the basement of the EMU) to fill out an application.  Feel free to contact me with questions.  More information about the program can be found here.

For a full job description follow the “more” link.

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