Trio tunes up storage space, improves campus mobility
Bradley Keliinoi – For the Review. With an innovative idea and a long-term goal, three Linﬁeld students set out on a
mission to open and manage a bike repair and rental facility on campus.
Senior Duncan Reid and juniors David Kellner-Rode and Sarah Valentine were determined to transform a proposal into a reality.
After coordinating with Director of Facilities Services Brad Sinn last year, the trio secured a campus location, identiﬁed as building 17 on the campus map, near Cozine and Campbell halls.
The building, formerly used as storage, now houses the Linﬁeld Bike Co-op. Although the structure continues to be cleaned and renovated for more efﬁcient and convenient use, students may already notice the newly painted blue exterior.
Primarily funded through a $1,000 grant from the Oregon Campus Compact, the LBC seeks to provide Linﬁeld and the community with a transportation alternative in an effort to reduce fossil fuel consumption, Kellner-Rode said.
The LBC assists students in ﬁnding solutions for common bicycle problems, such as loose screws and ﬂat tires. But in the near future the Linﬁeld College Community Public Safety & Security Department will donate upwards of 20 conﬁscated bicycles, abandoned in previous semesters, for rental purposes.
The LBC will repair bicycles free of charge, excluding costs incurred for parts, as well as provide bicycles for rent. Rental packages also include a helmet, lock and light for safety.
The LBC will hold bicycle workshops throughout the year.
“We will teach [students] how to ﬁx their bikes, holding sessions in cooperation with Tommyʼs Bicycle Shop [on 3rd Street] throughout the year to show people how to complete do-it-yourself repairs,” Kellner-Rode said.
Although these students succeeded in opening the LBC, challenges remain as they search for viable resources to maintain operations.
“My goal is to make [the LBC] sustainable [for future use year after year],” Kellner-Rode said.
With limited funding, the LBC is looking for volunteers who are interested in learning about bicycle repairs and environmental sustainability. The LBC also aims to serve as a campus hub where students can have fun while supporting a cause.
Students and community members interested in volunteering for LBC, or who want more information, can stop by the LBC during its operating hours: Sundays 5:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays 4-7 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursdays 4-7 p.m. or by appointment.