Ride in the Rain

Event celebrates riding in wet weather

Miraculously, it did not rain on Ride in the Rain.

The campus event, billed as “A Celebration of Wet Weather Bike Transportation,” was intended to help University of Oregon students learn how to, well, ride in the rain and not be miserable.

"Students especially rely on bicycles to get around, but they are understandably deterred by our wet winter climate," said Ted Sweeney, coordinator of the UO Bike Program. "We designed Ride in the Rain to generate excitement and empowerment around winter riding.”

To that end, volunteers offered free bike repairs at the Erb Memorial Union Amphitheater. Students strutted their stuff in a Rain Gear Fashion Show. And just for fun, cyclists competed in a track stand contest, which required them to stay balanced on their bikes astride their pedals while staying in one place.

They also heard from Jerry Norquist of Cycle Oregon, an annual bicycle tour of Oregon, and to cap things off, went on a short ride around town.

The event also was intended to highlight the Bike Program’s new bikes: 14 Globe cargo bicycles, which the Bike Program and Collins Cycle Shop obtained through a grant from Specialized Bicycles.

The Bike Program, part of the UO Outdoor Program, offers low-cost bicycle loans, a do-it-yourself bike maintenance shop and related classes.

— Contact UO Web reporter Tim Christie at timc@uoregon.edu