|Eugene Bike Rental Program PeaceHealthRides - via Twitter|
You may remember how they snuck into the ConnectOregon program and ruffled some feathers, which resulted in some rule changes on project eligibility, but nonetheless secured funding for 300 bikes.
They've also got a significant title sponsor in the Peacehealth system.
Adoption by students at the University will determine a great proportion of its success.
It will be interesting to see how people actually use it.
|Docking Station at the Hult Center on 6th Ave|
|6th/7th are busy - the dock at 6th and Willamette|
Even in that plaza between 6th and 7th on Willamette, and again for any east-west travel, the sidewalk is constrained and it will be interesting to see how comfortable users are in the roadway. It may be there are conflicts with people on foot. It may be there is an increase in "urban deer," unpredictable movements by those on bike.
|A long and critical piece in Eugene Weekly|
Will the rental program and an influx of new users prompt more systematic change?
Salem's Bike Rental Program
By contrast, Salem's rental program, Capitol City Cycleshare, is a whole order of magnitude smaller, and they recently announced another delay.
They were supposed to launch about now, hoping to coincide with the Monster Cookie (see below!), but now say
our Board has voted to pursue a launch goal date of June 23rd. This will be just in time for the World Beat Festival beginning June 30th! Our Board also voted in our planned pricing structure, which is much more cost-effective than previously proposed:Dockless bike rental is overtaking a docked model, and another question, which both Eugene and Salem will face, is whether they've already committed to an obsolete and inflexible model. (Update - See note above!)
Pay as you go Membership: No initial cost but $1.50 per 30 minutes, up to $30 per ride.
Annual Membership: $25 billed annually.
- Fare for each trip: Trips under 1.5 hours are free, then $1.50 per 30 minutes thereafter, up to $30 per 24hr ride
Student Annual Membership: $15 billed annually.
- Fare for each trip: Trips under 1.5 hours are free, then $1.50 per 30 minutes.
(Monmouth also recently launched a bike rental program with about 100 bikes. They are using a dockless model.)
Without adequate bike lanes downtown in Salem, it's so hard to see how this is going to work out. I worry a lot about too much sidewalk riding and about underuse. Fingers crossed!
The first big ride of the season is here on Sunday the 29th. Unfortunately, the warmth we've had the last few days looks to disappear tomorrow, and the weekend's weather is uncertain.
|Monster Cookie, 2011|
|Prepping for the Monster Cookie, 2015|
(Councilor Hoy on left in helmet, via SBC)
It's a metric century - 62 miles - through the rolling hills of French Prairie out to Champoeg and back. Some people only do half of it, from Salem to Champoeg, and get picked up at Champoeg.You could do the second half, from Champoeg to Salem, also. This year they'll also use the Winter-Maple Bikeway through town.
And always remember Governor Geer, who rode his bike out to Champoeg on May 1st, 1900, to set in motion the establishment of the historical marker and then the park!
Bike More Challenge
The Bike More Challenge is a fun, free competition to encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to experience first hand joys and benefits of riding a bike. There are lots of fantastic prizes to tempt your team, which we'll announce as the Challenge approaches. Show off your #bikemore pride with these awesome merch items!Bike Rodeo
Businesses compete against each other to see who can get the most staff to ride a bike and log their trips between May 1-31. We use a simple points model to allow workplaces to compete with each other across their size category (see the points system below). The points system has been carefully selected to ensure a fair and exciting competition, and to strongly encourage workplaces to engage new riders if they want to climb the leaderboard and secure victory!
It’s not just about who can ride the most miles, but also who can encourage the most people to give bicycling a try. Of course, if you log more miles and more trips you'll earn more points (and have a shot at some special individual prizes), but the fastest way to earn more points is to encourage more people to get on a bike and ride!
Salem Environmental Education is holding a bike rodeo on May 5th at North High. They've been looking for volunteers
to help run their bike rodeo for high school students at North Salem on Saturday, May 5th. Specifically, they are seeking folks to assist with the cycling skills training stations. Please contact Jon Yoder at email@example.com if you are available and interested.