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Bike Hub Mission & History

Profile of Ian Stude, our Director of Transportation

Check out this great profile of our Director of Transportation, Ian Stude.

 

Our Mission

We are an on-campus bicycle repair shop designed specifically for the PSU Community.Our #1 goal is to inspire more PSU students and employees to commute by bike more often.

To that end, our shop is a "do-it-yourself" environment where we provide the tools, resources, and instruction to enable you to maintain your bike. We teach basic bicycle repair and maintenance techniques that will keep you rolling safely and smoothly.

We also offer pay-for-service repairs by our trained staff, for those who may not have the time to do their own maintenance. Our retail selection features carefully chosen parts and accessories that balance high quality with affordability and meet the essential needs of the modern commuter.

Please take a look around our site for more information about our services, workshops, bike rentals, and tips for making your commute safer and more enjoyable.

To get the most out of the PSU Bike Hub, save money on your purchases, and participate in our growing community of bike riders, please consider becoming a Bike Hub Member.

Our History

In 2003, a group of motivated PSU students with an interest in promoting bicycling began collecting signatures of support from PSU students and employees for creating an on-campus bicycle resource center. This group initially envisioned a student fee-funded bicycle co-op that would be operated entirely by PSU students. After realizing the extensive time and process that would be required to follow that path to their goal, the group met with adminstrators from PSU Transportation & Parking Services to discuss options for creating a bike co-op as an offical alternate transportation program.

In Fall 2004, Transportation & Parking Services opened the PSU Bike Co-op in an unused office space inside the University Center Building Parking Garage. With just 200 sq ft of indoor space and a small fenced area out back, the Bike Co-op began offering a simple self-service location where students & employees could repair their bikes, get repair and route planning advice, and buy basic repair parts. The Bike Co-op quickly out grew this space and would struggle to meet the needs of its 300+ members for the next 5 years.

In January 2010, after an extensive planning process, the Bike Co-op was transplanted and transformed into the 2000 sq ft PSU Bike Hub at the new PSU Academic & Student Recreation Center. Within the first year, our membership has grown to over 1500 riders and continues increase. Best of all, so does the overall use of bicycles as transportation to and from our campus. In 2003, just 4% of trips to PSU were by bike. By Fall of 2010, that number had increased to 12% of trips, with 16% of students reporting that they had ridden a bike at least one day during the survey week.