LCC Hosts Walk/Bike/Bus Event for Earth Day

Lane Community College (LCC) might be considered a “commuter college” but getting to the campus up on 30th without a car isn’t really that hard. An event tomorrow is meant to highlight that by encouraging students to celebrate Earth Day by walking, biking, or taking the bus up to the campus. If you haven’t tried riding up to campus this is a great opportunity to try it with a group. Here’s the information from LCC:

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The Sustainability Committee at Lane Community College encourages students and staff to walk, ride their bike or take the bus together to the 30th Avenue Campus on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22.

Those who are interested can choose from two gathering times: 7:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m. Participants should meet at the Amazon Station Park & Ride on 29th Avenue and Amazon Parkway in Eugene. Walkers and bicyclists are encouraged to wear safety vests or bright colors if they have them. Participants will be treated to light refreshments at the end of the event and will have the option to enter into a raffle. The Sustainability Committee has chosen to host this event, in its second year, because transportation is responsible for 28 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and 87 percent of the emissions at Lane according to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. This event will offer great exercise for participants, a lot of fun and it will promote sustainable transportation to our campus and the larger community.

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”