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PSU Bike Hub

bigstock-Bicycle-gears-cassette-and-cha-87571433Northwest Portland is called home by a fairly wide cross-section of lifestyles and demographics, as a single walk through the area reveals. A thriving communities in the area is one of Portland State University students who prefer not to live on campus amid the traditional atmosphere of laziness and immaturity. Rather, numerous Northwest Portland residents prefer to live near enough to campus that the commute without a vehicle is short, but without sacrificing the opportunity to live in a more age- and lifestyle-diverse area of Portland than the University District.

For Northwest Portland cyclists attending Portland State University, there are various student groups that cater to the needs and interests of riders on and near campus. The Portland State University Bike Hub is a resource for student cyclists that provides various services and strives to keep student cyclists in contact with one another to promote communities among those who cycle to campus.

There is a membership fee to take advantage of the services provided by the Portland State University Bike Hub. Applications may be filled out from their website or in person at their on-campus location (near the intersection of Southwest Sixth Avenue and Southwest Montgomery Street), and membership dues are $15 per term or $30 per year. Members must have a valid Portland State University student ID card that is used to access resources provided by the Bike Hub.

Once a student cyclist joins the Portland State University Bike Hub, they may use the do-it-yourself workshop that is replete with supplies and tools for cyclists to fix or tune their bikes. There are several knowledgeable service representatives in the workshop to assist cyclists and answer questions; the workshop is also a great place to meet fellow student cyclists from Northwest Portland and other areas that make for great riding buddies.

There are two bike parking garages on campus, and being a Portland State University Bike Hub member grants student cyclists access to both. One is located at Southwest 12th Avenue and Montgomery, on the western edge of campus near Epler Hall. This garage’s location is near several highway on- and off-ramps, placing it several blocks away from the bus and rail lines that serve campus, though this means more parking spaces for student cyclists who ride straight to campus.

The second garage is located at Southwest Harrison Street and Southwest Fifth Avenue, which is a block away from bus stops for a half-dozen routes that run through campus, a Portland Streetcar stop on Fifth and from the MAX Green Line and Yellow Line stop on Fifth outside the Academic and Student Recreation Center building (which is directly south and across from a Seattle’s Best Coffee and Pizzicato). The closer location to public transit means fewer available bike parking spaces during busy hours, but it may be worth checking if the commute to campus includes a TriMet ride.

The Portland State University Bike Hub simplifies life as a Northwest Portland student cyclist and puts members in touch with one another about upcoming events and important news relating to cycling lifestyles; the website includes links to various details on both. Browse the site and, if the mdest membership dues seem reasonable, apply to be a member today!

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