Green Campus Spotlight: PSU expands bike resources to get more students, employees riding to campus
Author: Campus Sustainability Office
Posted: August 4, 2016

Already hailed as one of the most bike friendly campuses in the nation, PSU this summer added even more resources to make biking to campus easier, cheaper, and more secure than ever.

PSU welcomed the bright orange Nike-sponsored BIKETOWN bike share stations to campus in July. Also this summer the PSU BikeHub created a fleet of Departmental VikeBikes for employee use on and around campus, announced that a new covered bike garage and food cart pod would open near the Millar Library in the fall, and made plans for a first-ever November bike challenge that will encourage and reward PSU students and employees for riding in the rainy season. 

“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to try bike commuting,” said Clint Culpepper, bicycle program coordinator for the PSU BikeHub. “It’s fun, healthy, less expensive and often much quicker than driving or riding transit.” 

More about each of PSU’s new bike offerings:

BIKETOWN – Portland’s new bike share system

Portland’s new bike share system in here! On July 19 the city of Portland successfully launched BIKETOWN with people taking more than 2,300 trips in the first 24 hours. The bike share system includes 1,000 bikes at 100 stations across the central city and is designed with convenience in mind—think quick trips with no need to wait in traffic or for transit. 

PSU has four bike share stations on campus, with several more in close proximity. The PSU stations are located at the Academic & Student Recreation Center (ASRC), the Engineering Building (EB), The Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU), and at the Collaborative Life Science Building (CLSB).  A full BIKETOWN station map can be found here. There are several plans to choose from ranging from single rides to annual memberships, and PSU is currently working with BIKETOWN to get a special pricing structure for PSU students and employees, more details to come soon.  

Departmental VikeBikes

The Bike Hub has expanded their bike rental program, VikeBikes, to include a fleet of departmental bicycles. The Departmental VikeBikes program is designed to provide faculty and staff with alternative modes of transportation on and around campus. Departments participating receive a fully refurbished commuter bicycle with a basket, front and rear lights, a one-size-fits-all helmet, and a U-lock with mounting bracket attached to the bike frame. Five departments are currently signed up for the program and the Bike Hub anticipates more to enroll this fall. The program comes at no charge to the departments and the Bike Hub will assist in any maintenance needed.

New bike garage & food cart pod

A new indoor bike parking garage will open this fall as a part of a new food cart pod on SW 10th and SW Harrison, next to Millar Library and behind the Blackstone and Montgomery Residence Halls. The bike garage will feature 115 spots on a two-tiered bike rack system, cargo bike specific racks, and an indoor self-service Fixit Repair Stand. The locked bike garage offers an affordable and secure alternative to using outdoor bike racks. This will be PSU’s eighth indoor bike garage and will increase the number of indoor bike parking by 24 percent for a total of 600 space on campus. The roof of the new bike garage will feature an overhang for a covered seating area at the food cart pod. 

November Bike Challenge 

Get out that rain gear, the Bike Hub is excited to announce a second Bike Challenge during the fall term. The new PSU Bike Challenge will take place during the month of November and will focus on rewarding those hearty riders that get out there and ride rain or shine. Every ride during the month will count, and there will be daily prizes and bonuses for those extra cold and wet days. 

For the last six years, the PSU Bike Challenge has taken place during the month of May. This year there were 794 participants from 40 different departments who  logged a total of 11,817 trips and 82,417 miles during the month. The Bike Hub also introduced a new platform that allowed every ride during the month to count in the competition, not just rides to and from campus. This new platform also included a mobile app to make it easier to log rides with a smartphone and has the ability to sync with other GPS-enabled apps to automatically track rides.