The Bicycle Resource Hub is the the Office for Sustainability’s clearinghouse for non-motorized transportation education, advocacy and policy efforts. This initiative has lead workshops and community group rides, conducted non-motorized research and hosts a weekly Open Bike Shop. The program, previously known as The Bike Stable, is returning to campus after a one year hiatus. The first Open Bike Shop will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, August 31, 2018 in the Office for Sustainability and every Friday after at the same time and place. Any schedule changes will be posted on the our homepage and social media accounts.
Visitors will have the opportunity to repair their own bikes with the guidance of student mechanics. Tools and bike stands are available to use free of charge. The Open Bike Shop keeps small incidentals on-hand for a small fee (tubes, chains, brake pads, cable, housing) — all other parts or materials will need to be brought in by the visitor.
Fix your bike near the residence halls! The Open Bike Shop team will be bringing tools, bike stands and mechanics to the Goldsworth Valley Pond gazebo on Sept. 11, 2018, from 3:30 - 6 p.m. This event is free for all. Stop by and chat, or do some serious work on your bike - it takes all kinds!
Past Bicycle resource hub projects and initiatives include:
- Best practice research to guide University policy and planning related to pathways, bike lanes, ingress/egress, signage, etc.
- Research on the viability of cargo bicycles and electric assist bicycles in place of motorized campus fleet vehicles.
- Implementation of a low cost, campus-wide bicycle rental program: BroncoBikes (currently on hiatus, more information below).
The BroncoBikes project has been on hold since spring 2017. While in operation, BroncoBikes was the Office for Sustainability's low cost, campus-wide bicycle rental program. It served as a convenient and inexpensive way to ride to and from classes and get around Kalamazoo. With a BroncoBike, there was no reason to pay for gas, pay for car repairs, or wait around in traffic. The Breezer Uptown 8 BroncoBike was available in both step-through and step-over styles and featured durable construction, kinetically powered front and rear lights, fenders and a super-smooth internal 8-speed hub. For just $75 per semester one could make their commute to class or work more enjoyable and stress free.
- Bike rental was $75 per semester (fall, spring, summer).
Price was pro-rated during the semester.
- Rental bike was the Breezer Uptown 8. This bike had been awarded Bicycling Magazine's Editors' Choice for Best Commuter Bike for an unprecedented four years in a row.
- All bikes came with a Kryptonite U-Lock for secure storage.
- A free helmet came with a rental and was required for riding a BroncoBike. Thank you to Borgess Emergency and Trauma Services for their generous support.
- All renters were be given a proper bicycle safety orientation and signed a liability waiver.