E-Bike Lending Library
Electric Bikes (E-Bikes) are an increasingly popular choice for those who are trying to be car-free or even less car dependent. The wide range of options available and the high cost of a quality e-bike can be a barrier for individuals who aren’t sure if an e-bike is a good fit for them. The UO E-Bike Lending Library provides a free, two-week rental of an e-bike to students and employees. Participants will have the opportunity to use the e-bike for commuting as well as other life needs like errands, shopping, or recreation.
About the Program
After filling out the sign-up form below, participants will be contacted when an e-bike they are interested in is available. After a short orientation at the UO Bike Program, participants will have use of the e-bike for two weeks.
About the Bikes
All bikes will come with standard equipment:
A helmet will be made available to all participants who do not have their own.
Our Aventon Level.2 is a Class-2 commuter e-bike, meaning that it has both a pedal assist and throttle mode. A good choice to try if you aren’t sure what you want from an e-bike, the 500-watt rear-drive motor in the Level.2 has plenty of power to tackle hills without feeling overwhelming and the up to 60-mile range is enough for most daily needs.
Fat Tires! The Aventon Aventure.2 is similar the Level.2, but comes with 4” tires for those who want a smoother ride on rough streets or are looking for something to take on the trail as well as to the office. Although it can look a bit intimidating for some, the Aventure.2 is a comfortable ride and the 750-watt rear-drive motor is strong without being overwhelming.
Gazelle Arroyo C8
The Gazelle Arroyo C8 is the definition of comfort and class for someone who wants a relaxed, Dutch-style riding experience even while riding up steep hills. The Arroyo is a Type I e-bike that it is pedal assist only. The 500-watt Bosch mid-drive motor and internal-geared hub translate into a riding experience so fun and easy that you won’t miss a throttle at all. The Arroyo is a great introduction to a higher-end e-bike experience.
Transportation Services is partnering with UO researchers Anne Brown, Marc Shlossberg, and Thomas Gotschi to understand peoples' experiences participating in the UO E-bike Lending Library program. Specifically we're interested in understanding how participants used the e-bike, program satisfaction, general perceptions of using an e-bike in Eugene, and anticipated use of e-bikes in the future. Participants will be asked during the program sign up whether they would like to participate in the research project. Transportation Services appreciates anyone willing to participate but participation in the research is not a requirement of the program.
If you have questions about the research study please contact Professor Anne Brown at email@example.com.
UO Bike Program
Part of the Outdoor Program in the EMU, the bike program offers a wide variety of resources, including a DIY workspace, rentals, programmed bike rides, and classes on bike maintenance. A key partner to the E-Bike lending library, Bike Program student staff provide training to lending library participants and perform maintenance checks on the bikes between rentals. Learn more about the Bike Program on their website.