New repair stations make it easy to fix bikes on the fly

The University of Oregon, recognized nationally as a Bicycle-Friendly University, just got even friendlier for its many cyclists.

Five self-service bicycle repair stations were installed around campus over the summer, and a sixth station is going in this week.

A celebration of the installation of the final fix-it station takes place at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 13th and University, outside Erb Memorial Union. 

In addition to the EMU station, the other stations are located at:

  • The Urban Farm, off Franklin Boulevard.
  • 13th and Kincaid, the west entrance to campus
  • Knight Library
  • The new Global Scholars Hall, on 15th Avenue.
  • The Outdoor Program Barn, on 18th Avenue.

Each repair station features a bicycle stand, pump and tools for making minor repairs to keep a bicycle operating, day or night, said Briana Orr, coordinator of the UO Bike Program. On the side of each of station is a QR code, which enables cyclists with smart phones to view bicycle maintenance videos produced by Emerald Media Group. 

An estimated 5,000 to 6,000 students ride bikes to campus everyday, Orr said. 

The UO Sustainability Fund's Student Sustainability Fund provided $7,000 for the project. Greater Eugene Area Riders provided $750. Other funds came from the Associated Students of the University of Oregon.

Tim Christie