Spreading the love—of bikes
Author: Laura Gleim, Institute for Sustainable Solutions
Posted: March 27, 2012

With sunny spring days waiting around the corner, Portland State’s BikeHub is connecting wheel-less students with affordable commuter bikes.

Offered through the VikeBikes program, the bikes rent to students for $45 per term—just over $4 a week!—and are decked out with front and back lights, full-length fenders, rack, helmet, and U-lock. The rental fee includes a parking permit for one of PSU’s covered bike garages and an annual membership to the BikeHub, which provides tools, resources, and instruction for bike maintenance.

VikeBikes revamps bikes that have been abandoned on campus. The program was initiated by a group of students who received a Solutions Generator grant in 2009, the first year the Institute for Sustainable Solutions offered funding for student sustainability projects.

VikeBikes officially launched last fall, and is operated through the BikeHub as part of its effort to promote student bike commuting.

“We’d like to see the program grow in terms of reaching out to aspirational bike commuters and providing them with an affordable means to start riding to campus,” said Ian Stude, Portland State transportation options manager.

In addition to renting the bikes to students on a term-by-term basis, VikeBikes are also available to conference attendees and interns staying on campus for extended periods during the summer months.

Currently, only five of the 21 rider-ready bikes are being rented.  

To sign up for a rental, fill out the application and rental agreement forms on the VikeBikes website, then take them to the BikeHub.