Bike Storage, Tips

Campus Bike Parking: An Introductory Course

A+ Bike Parking

Dero Ultra Space Saver racks in front of the University of Minnesota student union.
First and foremost, quality bike parking on any campus means more than just something to lock to (that would barely qualify as a passing grade). Good bike racks and bicycle storage should be u-lock compatible, protect students’ bikes from the elements, and be numerous enough to meet demand. Everyone hates searching for a spot to park when you’re already late for class!
A Dero Kolo Shelter houses the St. Olaf bike share program.
Bike shelters are a great example of quality bicycle storage that protects students’ bikes from bad weather. In the above photo, a student at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN checks out a bike from the campus bike share program. The Kolo Shelter is a perfect solution for fitting two-tiered systems, like the Dero Decker, to double up on bike parking capacity.
A bike room at Portland State University.
It should be no surprise that bike rooms receive an “A” grade in our book. Fully enclosed, secure parking, like in Portland State University’s Bike Garage, includes both two-tier and floor-mounted parking options, which accommodates many different types of bikes. Many bike rooms are furnished with public bike repair amenities, such as the Fixit repair stand and Air Kit bike pumps.

Keep Students Rolling

The Dero Fixit public bike repair stand.
Bike repair stands don’t only belong in bike rooms. They’re perfect for busy bike paths, in or outside student residence halls, and in central public spaces on campus. The Dero Fixit provides all the necessary tools so students can perform basic bike maintenance. Add either an Air Kit 2 or Air Kit 3, and students have the ability to repair flats or top off the air in their tires. Public bicycle repair stands are also great educational opportunities. Many campuses teach fix-a-flat or tune-up classes at the stands, so students can learn how to use all of the tools available to them. Here are a few videos that colleges and universities made to highlight their campus bike repair: University of Iowa, UT Arlington, Tufts University, Penn State, University of Oregon.

Encourage Active Transportation

A Dero ZAP station on the University of Minnesota campus.
College campuses have high numbers of active people in a concentrated area. Dero ZAP is our automated commuter tracking program and is used to incentivize and gather data on students’ commutes at campuses across the country. At the University of Minnesota, Dero ZAP has been used to track both faculty and students’ commutes since 2012. Steve Sanders, Alternative Transportation Manager at the U, says that “Since the program’s inception in 2012 we’ve seen increased bicycle mode share and a deepened cycling culture. We’ve also been extremely pleased by how many women are actively participating – over 40% of participants are women.” For more information on Dero ZAP, watch our “How it works” video.

Cultivate Campus Identity

St. Olaf Collage chose to highlight their logo in this custom laser-cut Bike Bike Rack.
As more colleges and universities invest more resources into their biking infrastructure, custom racks are a great way for schools to stand out and add a personalized touch to their bike parking. At Dero, we’ve had years of experience making custom projects a reality. All we need is your school’s logo or mascot. Feel confident you’ve mastered Campus Bike Parking 101? Time to take your biking game to the next level: consider applying for Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) status through the League of American Bicyclists. Dero has been a Gold certified Bike Friendly Business for over 4 years (you can read our story here), and we hope you “ace” your BFU application!
Advocacy, News

Dero is a proud sponsor of QBP’s Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship

In an effort to grow women ridership and support the development of women at bike shops, Dero is proud to sponsor Quality Bicycle Product’s (QBP) third annual Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship. This program will offer 16 scholarships for an all-women’s class of Professional Repair and Shop Operations at the United Bicycle Institute.

Poor bike shop experiences are, and continue to be, barriers for women bicyclists. At Dero, we believe acting to create institutional change through programs like this scholarship will help catalyze broader systemic gains in our national bicycling community. In the League of American Bicyclists’ Bike Shops for Everyone report, it identified hiring more women as one of the top seven strategies for attracting and retaining more women customers.

“Dero is excited to support QBP’s Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship. More women in the bike industry creates a healthier, more inclusive biking experience for everyone,” says Bri Whitcraft, Director of Marketing at Dero. “We’re thrilled to be able to partner with QBP and other industry leaders to expand this national opportunity.”

To apply and for more information about the Women’s Mechanic Scholarship, click here. Application deadline is October 31, 2015.


More options for Bike/ Ped Improvements

From our friends at the The League of American Bicyclists… It’s great news for all of us and especially good for those who integrate transit with bicycling.  The Federal Transit Administration has published a federal registry notice describing the eligibility of pedestrian and bicycle improvements for FTA funding and proposes a formal policy on the catchment area for pedestrians and bicyclists in relationship to public transportation stops and stations. The proposed policy would expand FTA funding eligibility for bicycle and pedestrian improvements beyond the current threshold distances of one-half mile for pedestrian projects and within three miles for bicycle improvements. Read the notice and find out how to provide comments.

Winona Receives Bike Racks for hosting WOW & LAB National Rally


Nearly 250 people from Minnesota and around the country gathered in Winona, MN for the 2009 TCBC Weekend on Wheels/ League of American Bicyclists National Rally.  With river valleys, rolling hills, farmland, and great climbs, the routes provided spectacular riding. The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN) provided volunteers at rest stops all weekend and helped in planning the Traffic Skills 101 class held on Friday. Saturday night, Winona was presented with five bike racks donated by Dero on behalf of BikeMN. “Winona is a community well on their way to becoming very bicycle friendly,” said Nick Mason of Dero, “bicycle parking is just one part of the plan.” BikeMN executive director, Dorian Grilley also shared his vision for bicycling in Minnesota. “Together we can give bikes a voice throughout our state and make more communities like Winona possible.”