Stanford Research Park Bike Stuff: An Explainer

July 01, 2020 • Transportation

The Stanford Research Park bicycle program celebrates and supports YOU, our SRP employers and commuters! Whether you're an experienced bike commuter, just starting to think about commuting on two wheels, or an employer looking to boost bike programming at your work site, we're here for you. We provide 1:1 guidance and expertise on just about anything bike-related.
Our program is nationally recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Platinum level Bicycle Friendly Business—the highest honor LAB bestows.

Who are we?

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Jamie Jarvis

Jamie is the Programs Director for Stanford Research Park. She oversees the Programs and Transportation teams, which respectively provide learning and community engagement programs and commuter transportation options to all within the Research Park.

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Amy McCrary

Amy is Sustainable Transportation Manager, and works on all things transportation-related in Stanford Research Park. Before joining the team, she was the Transportation Manager at nearby VMware, and has provided Transportation Demand Management services for hundreds of organizations across the U.S.

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Anna Walters

Anna is our SRPGO bike program lead. She works for Bikes Make Life Better, our partner specializing in providing anything and everything bike-related for Stanford Research Park. Anna and the Bikes Make Life Better team have decades of combined bike riding and commuting experience and know-how. Their passion is helping employers and employees embrace bike commuting.

Stanford Research Park Bicycle Champions

Our Bicycle Champions are a group of roughly 60 bike enthusiasts from all across the Research Park. We meet every quarter to talk (bike) shop. Champions are our collaborators, our sounding boards for new ideas, and our window into the bike culture at their respective work sites. One of our Champs completed an electric bike tour across the county. Another Champ encouraged a friend to start riding to work, and the pair started riding regularly. We welcome enthusiastic bike commuters to join the group! Email anna@bikesmakelifebetter.com to learn more.

What do we do?

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Free Mini Tune-Up Event

Bike events

We run bike events from March through October, and each one is posted on srpgo.com/#/events. Our most frequent events are:

  • Free bike repairs: Velofix, our vendor partner, offers free mini tune-ups as well as paid repairs one to two times a month at various employer work sites in the Research Park.
  • Fix-a-flat classes: These are hands-on 30-minute clinics covering minor bike maintenance topics, like how to fix a flat or adjust brakes.
  • Safe commute classes led by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition: These are usually held classroom-style, once or twice a year. The aim is to teach bike commuters how to ride safely and confidently.

Bike programs

  • 1:1 bike support: Do you need help choosing a bike to buy? Having trouble finding a low-traffic route? Interested in having a buddy join you for the ride? Whatever you're seeking, we’re here to help! Email Anna at anna@bikesmakelifebetter.com with any of your bike questions or concerns.
  • Bike routes: If you're trying to find a good bike route to work, we've got you covered. Check-out our SRP bike map, a "bunny slope" of bike routes sourced by actual SRP employees who ride across the Research Park daily. Another helpful resource: our routing blog post.
  • Bike infrastructure: Bikes Make Life Better is at the ready to help any SRP employer interested in installing or upgrading its bike rooms, racks, or facilities. We can select the right racks for the space; order and install them; and consider all the details—like lockers, helmet trees, cubbies, etc. We'll help you help your employees—making the transition from bike ride to office (and back in the afternoon) the best experience it can be.
  • Rewards and support: When you register at SRPGO.com (top right), you can start earning gift card or charitable donation rewards for tracking your bike commute trips. You'll also become eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home program, a "safety net" that can give you (and your bike) a free rescue ride in the event of any workday emergency situation.
  • Mobile Concierge: What's this? It’s a pop-up bike info station set on a trailer towed by an electric cargo bike. The "MC," as we have taken to calling it, goes to on-site employee events all over the Research Park. It's set to make an appearance on Bike to Work Day (scheduled for September 24, 2020)

What can you do?

The short and simple answer is: ride a bike! But if you need any assistance getting to that point, contact us at: anna@bikesmakelifebetter.com. If you already ride for fun, are you ready to explore biking to the office? We're here to help you feel confident, prepared and ready to try it! Already bike commuting? Encourage a neighbor or colleague to join you. If you'd like to help shape bike programming and culture, consider joining our Bicycle Champions group. Feel free to email us anytime at SRPGO@Stanford.edu with any general questions or comments on bike commuting. Thanks for reading—and riding!

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