4 things U.S. college towns could teach planners about biking

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Thousands of bicycles

The University of Oregon campus in Eugene.
(Photo by Gene Bisbee.)

Here’s a secret you won’t hear often: The United States has many cities where biking is far more popular than in Portland.

Two of them are just a two-day bike trip away.

They’re called college towns. And it’s time for urban planners to stop ignoring how well they work and start learning from them.

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University of Oregon student group funds bike share system

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(Photo: UO Bike Program)

The Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO) has approved a $199,000 investment to launch a bike share system on the Eugene campus. The system will be initially launched with four rental stations and 40 bikes and it will be managed by the UO Bike Program.

UO Bike Program Coordinator Ted Sweeney says the bike share system will help get more people riding, “Without the individual ownership costs and hassles of maintenance, storage, and fear of theft.”

The system will consist of rental hubs located strategically throughout UO’s 295 acre campus. Also, thanks to a partnership between the ASUO, Lane Transit District, and the City of Eugene, the bike share system could eventually expand beyond campus. LTD and the City have applied for a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant that would expand the system to 10 rental stations and 100 bikes covering campus and locations in Eugene’s downtown core.

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UO’s renovated student union will include full-service ‘Bike Center’

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PSU's Bike Hub

PSU’s Bike Hub served as inspiration
for the new Bike Center at UO.
(Photo © J. Maus)

A $160 million renovation of University of Oregon’s Erb Memorial Student Union (EMU) will include a new, 5,000 square foot ‘Bike Center’ that will include retail and repair services, secure bike parking, showers, locker space and more. The project shows UO’s response to the growing demand for bicycling at the Eugene campus where 17 percent of students ride.

UO’s Bike Program is currently housed on the edge of campus in a cramped space dubbed “the barn.” EMU Bike Center Project Coordinator Briana Orr, who helped start UO’s Bike Program in 2008, told me today that the EMU Bike Center is modeled after Portland State University’s Bike Hub. “It’s best model we’ve seen.”

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UO will hold award ceremony for Silver Bike Friendly award

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University of Oregon in Eugene was recognized as a Silver level Bike Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. To mark the occasion, there will be a ceremony on May 5th featuring League President Andy Clarke and UO President Richard Lariviere.

Check out the details below…

May 5th ceremony will recognize UO as Bike Friendly University

What: UO Silver Bike Friendly University Awards Ceremony

Where: On the steps of Johnson Hall, 1226 University of Oregon, Eugene

When: Thursday, May 5th 3:15 -4:00 PM

The League of American Bicyclists has honored the University of Oregon with a Silver-level Bike Friendly University award. The designation places UO in the top 20 bicycle friendly universities in the nation. Although UO scored well, much work remains for UO to compete with platinum-rated Stanford, a fellow Pac-10 school.

On Thursday, May 5th, Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists, will visit Eugene to present University President Richard Lariviere with UO’s silver award and inspire us to reach for platinum!

Speeches at the Award Ceremony by Clarke, Lariviere, and Ted Sweeney, UO Bike Program Coordinator. The event takes place on the steps of Johnson Hall, the University of Oregon administration building, on 13th ave, beginning promptly at 3:15pm. The event will be bike-powered by the UO Bike Program. Refreshments will be served.

Clarke will additionally give a public presentation regarding how UO stacks up nationally as a Bike Friendly University and what role universities have as change agents. That event will be held in Lawrence 206, 6:30 PM.

More about LiveMove: http://pages.uoregon.edu/livemove/
More about the Bike Friendly University Program: http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/bicyclefriendlyuniversity/index.php
More about UO Bike Program: http://outdoorprogram.uoregon.edu/uo-bike-program/

For more information, please contact Ted Sweeney, UO Bike Program Coordinator. bikes@uoregon.edu, (503) 737-4419


Globe teams with University of Oregon on wet weather riding event

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Here’s some great news from our friends at the University of Oregon Bike Program. They’ve teamed up with Collin’s Cycle Shop to win a grant from Globe Bikes (a brand created by Specialized) to put on an “all day celebration of year-round bicycle commuting.” Read more in the press release below:

The University of Oregon Bike Program and Collin’s Cycle Shop have won a grant from Globe Bicycles to host an all-day celebration of year-round bicycle commuting on January 12th, 2011. The event, “Ride in the Rain, A Celebration of Wet Weather Bike Transportation,” will be held in the amphitheater of the Erb Memorial Union on the UO campus from 10:30am to 5:00pm. The celebration will feature free bike repair, music with bike-powered amplification, a rain gear fashion show, a “track-stand” competition, a community ride, and a keynote address by Cycle Oregon’s Jerry Norquist. Fourteen brand new cargo bikes donated by Globe will also mark the launch of short term bicycle loans through the UO Bike Program.

Eugene is known nationally for both its rain and its bikeability. “Students especially rely on bicycles to get around, but they are understandably deterred by our wet winter climate,” said UO Bike Program Coordinator Ted Sweeney. “We designed Ride in the Rain to generate excitement and empowerment around winter riding, and we are very excited that Globe chose to support our project.” Awarded as a Specialized Dealer Grant and worth around $10,000, Globe’s fourteen donated cargo bikes come fully equipped with fenders, built-in lights, and cargo racks capable of bearing up to ninety pounds, sending the message that bikes can be viable vehicles in any weather.

Other sponsors, including Planet Bike, Castelli USA, Kryptonite, Grundén’s, the UO Office of Sustainability, and Cyclone Bicycle Supply are supplying rain gear and other essential equipment for use in the new short term bike loan program.

The University of Oregon Bike Program, a branch of the UO Outdoor Program, works to connect students with bicycles. Since 2008, the student-run program has offered low-cost bicycle loans, a free do-it-yourself bike maintenance shop, and related classes and events for the UO Community.

Collin’s Cycle Shop strives to increase bicycle transportation and general use in their community. In business for over sixty-five years, Collin’s operates three stores in the Eugene/Springfield area.

Globe is a brand of bicycles that have the unique ability to become an extension of people’s lifestyles and personal choices rather than simply a piece of sporting equipment. The products are inspired by and designed for urban cyclists, commuters, city dwellers, the progressively minded and the eco-conscious. This stand alone brand has been created by Specialized Bicycle Components, which has a long history of providing the best cycling product in the world.

For more information, please contact Ted Sweeney, UO Bike Program Coordinator. bikes@uoregon.edu, (503) 737-4419

Learn ins and outs of bike law at UO event

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The law isn’t always entirely clear when it comes to bikes on the road — are you required to be in a bike lane? What if you want to make a left turn? Do you need to put your foot down every time you stop? How would enforcement work if we had an Idaho-style stop sign law?

The University of Oregon is holding a free event next week (7/30), Rules of the Road: Bicyclists’ Rights & Responsibilities, to help you learn to navigate these issues and many more.

Here’s more from the event flyer:

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