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OSUCascades in Bend Oregon Bike Loan Program Launches Sustainable Transportation Efforts

first_img Twitter Facebook By CBN OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon Bike Loan Program Launches Sustainable Transportation Efforts E-Headlines Share. Tumblr Pinterestcenter_img (Photo provided by OSU-Cascades)A pilot bike loan program is one of the first tangible ways Oregon State University – Cascades will encourage the campus community to lessen dependency on personal vehicles for nearby meetings and errands. Vivid orange cruiser bikes, named Benny, Bernice, Betty and Norman, will be available for use beginning in March for faculty and staff. The bikes are each equipped with a large basket, fenders and an odometer.The pilot program launches months in advance of the anticipated groundbreaking of the new campus in west Bend, giving campus officials time to assess demand, a reservation system, and security and maintenance before launching it on the new campus and to the broader campus community, including students.Kelly Sparks, associate vice president for finance and strategic planning said, “This is a small step that represents the responsibility we feel towards creating a university of people who think of other means of transportation beside personal vehicles.”Plans and policies for the new campus support sustainable transportation choices, in part by incentivizing options such as walking, biking, carpooling and public transportation. A task force of campus and community members developed a set of 21 recommendations towards minimizing traffic and parking; 16 of those recommendations are now incorporated into policy and planning.Benny, Bernice, Betty and Norman will be available to faculty and staff from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all weekdays that the campus is open. Campus officials anticipate the bikes will be used for official business and events, and even personal errands like picking up lunch.Aside from saving personal mileage (most employees are not reimbursed for local trips), the bikes will encourage a healthier lifestyle. Sparks and others expect the bikes to be in high demand. Usage will be tracked throughout the year to monitor the program.Benny, Bernice, Betty and Norman will be housed at the Graduate & Research Center and at Cascades Hall, and more bicycles will be added as demand grows. Campus officials anticipate the bikes will be used most often for trips downtown Bend, to the Old Mill, and near the future campus location on Chandler and Century Avenues.Located in Bend, Ore., Oregon State University’s branch campus features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Eighteen undergraduate majors, 30 minors and options, and three graduate programs include computer science, energy systems engineering, exercise and sport science, hospitality management, and tourism and outdoor leadership. The branch campus plans to expand to a four-year university beginning fall 2015.www.osucascades.edu Google+ Email LinkedIn 0 on February 10, 2015last_img read more