Valet Bike Parking Gearing Up for Season, Needs Volunteers

Valet Bike ParkingThe Center for Appropriate Transport has been doing Valet Bike Parking in Eugene for two decades. Each summer they provide a great service to the community at many area events. Once again they are searching for volunteers to help this season. It’s a great way to meet new folks, be a part of the action, get involved with your local non-profits and give back to the community. There are some big events coming right up that they need volunteers for; most urgent is the NCAA track and Field championships happening this week. If you can volunteer for that event, please contact Kate on her cell: Four14-659-1955.

All other inquiries can be emailed to bikevalet@catoregon.org

Here are the upcoming events they need help at:

NCAA Track and Field Championships, Wednesday June 10th:  12:00-3:00, Thursday June 11th: 12:00-3:00, Friday June 12th: 12:00-3:00, Saturday June 13th: 12:00-3:00, 3-5:30 – take-down

Gordon Lightfoot – Sunday, June 14th @ Cuthbert 5:30pm (Arrive at Cuthbert at 5:00 for set-up – Take-down between 11-12)

USATF Championships– Thursday June 25th: 7:30-12:00, 12:00-5:30, 5:30-9:30, Friday June 26th: 6:45-12:00, 12:00-5:30, 5:30-9:30, Saturday June 27th: 7:45-12:30, 12:30-6:00, 6:00-10:15, Sunday June 28th: 8:15-11:45, 11:45-3:00

Art and the Vineyard– Friday July 3rd:  11:00-3:00, 3:00-6:00, 6:00-9:30, Saturday July 4th 10:00-2:00, 2:00-5:00, 5:00-10:30, Sunday July 5th: 11:00-2:00, 2:00-4:00, 4:00-7:00

Thanks for being part in keeping your local non-profits alive and thriving. We hope to work with you soon!

Kate L. , Valet Bicycle Coordinator, Center for Appropriate Transport

 

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”

CAT Celebrates “20 Years Around the Sun”

The Center for Appropriate Transport (CAT) is celebrating 20 years of community service in Lane County at the 20 YEARS AROUND the SUN event this Saturday, May 18th from 1-7pm with:

  • Do It Yourself (DIY) workshops to learn to weld and sew;
  • Open shop at Eugene Bicycle Works, Eugene’s only do-it-yourself bike repair shop;
  • Ride-able bike museum, we have pedal powered vehicles for every age and all abilities;
  • Trips for Kid’s mountain bike obstacle course;
  • The history and impact of CAT;
  • Food and more.

This event is open to the public. So ride on down to 455 West 1st Ave. this Saturday and join in the celebration of human powered transportation, hands-on learning, and culture change!

CAT20Years

“CAT is an innovative non-profit organization committed to community involvement in manufacturing, using, and advocating sustainable modes of transportation. The Center was founded in Eugene, Oregon in the fall of 1992. Since that time, the sum of our diverse projects has furthered this mission. For more information please visit our website at www.catoregon.org.”

Multimedia: CAT’s Apprenticeship Program, The Adkins Car-Free Family, and an Interview with Me!

Those of you who read BikePortland and the Eugene Safe Routes to School Blog have probably already seen the the video “Living Life in the Bike Lane” by UO Student Journalism Student and Oregon Voice Editor Noah DeWitt.  I first met Noah when he interviewed me at the Transportation Remix back in October, and since then he’s created The Adkins Family “Living Life in the Bike Lane” video and just recently created a video about Center for Appropriate Transport‘s (CAT) internship program.

His work is well edited and worth watching and hearing, too.  I look forward to seeing what he’ll be creating in the future. Take the jump to view the videos and listen to the interviews.

Continue reading “Multimedia: CAT’s Apprenticeship Program, The Adkins Car-Free Family, and an Interview with Me!”

No Experience Required: The Trips for Kids Program

“No Experience Required.

Hard-core and girly all at once.That is what grabbed me about the email. The Center for Appropriate Transport’s “Trips for Kids” program already sounded like a good idea, since it gave youth who might not otherwise get the opportunity to get out in nature and learn mountain biking skills. The specific call for volunteers that I saw back in June was for the all-girls ride, which also got a thumbs-up from my feminist brain. But when the call for adult volunteers clearly stated “no experience required,” I went from passively approving of the project to actively writing back. “Do you still need volunteers? I have no experience…”

See, for all my current bravado as a daily bicycle commuter, I came into cycling slowly and awkwardly. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-20s that I really started using a bike, gently coaxed along by my sweetie. This same sweetie, once I got somewhat steady on my wheels, tried taking me on his favorite mountain-biking trail. And, of course, I instantly wiped out on the trail and ended up sliding down a hill on my face. Scab city!

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Via UO Daily Emerald: Bikes 101: apprentices for sustainable travel

Just saw this article at the University of Oregon’s student newspaper website DailyEmerald.com:

From bicycles, tricycles to trailers, Human Powered Machine apprentices fine-tune their craft.

By Lauren Fox | Scene editor

Jan VanderTuin started the Center for Appropriate Transportation in 1992. Since then, the center has added many new programs, including Eugene Bicycle Works, Pedalers Express and a do-it-yourself bicycle repair workspace, but most recently they have added a Human Powered Machines apprenticeship program.

Read more at DailyEmerald.com