UO Zero Waste Program
Bicycle Route Manual

Purpose and Goals

The UO Zero Waste Program Bicycle route was established to service isolated recycling sites in a manner representing an efficient and eco-friendly use of financial, capital, human and natural resources. The successful implementation of the route has saved the Program and the University labor costs, motor vehicle maintenance, and fossil fuel consumption.

These savings have been achieved through a combination of careful planning and the dedication of the student recyclers assigned to the route. We are committed to the continued success and future expansion of the bicycle route. We ask that all student recyclers assigned bicycle routes contribute to this success through: 1.) A commitment to the goals of this project; 2.) An acceptance of the responsibilities inherent in it; and 3.) A willingness to evaluate the route for potential improvements and to communicate those ideas to the Student Recycling Coordinator. And, of course, a willingness to work hard and in a highly professional manner is crucial.

The following material is written for our student recyclers assigned to the bicycle route, and is intended convey the Program's expectations of them

General Expectations

Training for and assignment to the bicycle route is reserved for only our top employees -- those student recyclers who have shown initiative, an excellent work ethic, trustworthiness, resourcefulness, and a demonstrated ability to follow through on tasks and expectations in an unsupervised setting. As such, we expect that you are already fully aware of the importance of a continued demonstration of these traits.

We specifically ask that you observe the following as part of your bicycle route assignment:

Safety Policies

The very nature of performing a bicycle route entails certain extenuating safety concerns and needs. Bicycle riding is in and of itself an activity requiring caution and awareness. Additionally, your bike route will take you into areas throughout campus and the surrounding thoroughfares in which you'll be sharing traffic routes with cars, buses, trucks, pedestrians, and children -- drawn from both the campus community and the general public. Be alert, aware, courteous, patient, respectful -- and awake. Work/ride in a professional manner and represent the Program well.

The following represent the most salient safety concerns and policies. At all times, however, you will also be expected to exercise good independent judgment and to communicate any safety concerns or questions you may have to your Coordinator:

  1. Wear a bike helmet at times while riding. NO Exceptions! The Program will provide one. Should you prefer to wear your own helmet, a Coordinator must approve it first.
  2. Use only Program bikes for the route. Personal bikes are not allowed for route use.
  3. Observe all rules of the road (stopping, speed, yielding, signaling, etc.). All traffic laws which apply to motor vehicles also apply to bicycles. Know them and follow them. Any traffic citations issued to you while on the route are your (financial and personal) responsibility, and may affect your position on the bike route crew.
  4. Protect yourself from the elements. Use sunscreen and drink plenty of fluids (water is recommended) in hot and/or sunny weather. Wear raingear, head protection and warm clothing in inclement weather.
  5. Use the bicycle headlight and taillights when a route extends into dusk, darkness, or overly raining weather.
  6. Be as visible and audible as possible. Warn pedestrians vocally when passing.
  7. Carry with you and use proper PPE (safety glasses, ear protection, gloves). This is essential for your safety. NO exceptions!

Bicycle and Trailer Use     

Riding a publicly owned bicycle "for hire" should be approached the same as driving a publicly owned motor vehicle for hire. Exercise respect for the equipment and observe all safety policies. Do not ride the bikes in a way which places undue stress or wear-and-tear on them or their components parts -- even if this requires you to amend your own ingrained, personal riding habits. In particular:

    1. Do not ride/pedal hard while shifting gears, especially when traveling uphill. Always ease up and pedal at a moderate rate when shifting gears.
    2. Avoid riding over potholes, curbs, debris, and other obstructions, which could damage the tires, rims, forks, or your own body.
    3. Never leave an unattended bike or trailer unlocked.
    4. Keep the bike and trailer clean. Wipe/wash them off after each use.

Equipment Pre-Operation Inspection and Maintenance

Each member of the bike route crew is expected to inspect the equipment prior to each route, report problems immediately and prior to using it, and do his or her part to help maintain it in good working order. Included in the route equipment is the bicycle, trailer, and all containers and hold-down straps required for efficient and safe operation.
Prior to each use, perform a pre-operation check and complete the Pre-Operation Inspection Checklist, which details each item to be inspected and/or tested (see sample attached). Separate sections are included on the checklist for the:

•  Bicycle
•  Trailer
•  Recycling collection and transport equipment

Operational Procedures    

  1. Begin your Bike Route shift by checking in with a Coordinator and completing the pre-work stretch routine. After stretches are completed, take the time to ensure that you have the proper weather gear for the time of year (raingear, warm clothing, sunscreen, drinking water, etc.), as well as PPE and a helmet. Get your route sheet and keys from the Coordinator and read it carefully in his/her presence. Ask questions, if needed. Retrieve all area and building maps required for the route.
  2. Proceed to the bike and trailer storage facility. Upon arrival, complete the pre-operation checklist as indicated, hitch the trailer to the bike, secure all equipment, and proceed on route.
  3. Conduct the route as per the route slip and in an efficient geographical progression. Make sure to lock the equipment at all times when in a building, and secure the containers and equipment when travelling between sites.
  4. Routes end with a complete sorting of all recyclables collected on the route, followed by cleaning and securing the equipment. Allow time on your route for completion of these tasks. Make sure to return the keys and clipboard back to the Coordinator.

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP. Have fun, be safe, and keep up the good work!!!


Routes are determined by the Coordinator and may involve regular, weekly routes based upon the shift and day of the week. The bike route service areas are as follows (each route will involve only a subset of these service areas - this listing is for your information only):

Location Service Area Service Material
Vivian Olum Center Building exterior and interior All materials (paper and B/C's)
* Also includes baby food jars
from interior - see map.
EC Cares - E. 15th Building interior All materials (paper and B/C's)
Moss House Building interior B/C's only
Knight Law Center Building interior B/C's only
Clinical Services Building Building interior B/C's only
Trailer A & C Building interior B/C's only
Knight Library Daily Grind B/C's only
PLC Building interior B/C's only
Outdoor Program Barn Building interior All materials (paper and B/C's)
Hayward Field Field area as per map All materials (paper and B/C's)


Location Service Area Service Material
Grayson Hall exterior PDO All materials (paper and B/C's)
Gilbert Hall exterior 2 PDO's All materials (paper and B/C's)
13th and Kincade Streets PDO All materials (paper and B/C's)
Recreation Center exterior 2 PDO's All materials (paper and B/C's)
Johnson Hall exterior PDO All materials (paper and B/C's)
Oregon Hall exterior PDO All materials (paper and B/C's)
Columbia Hall exterior PDO All materials (paper and B/C's)
Condon Hall exterior PDO All materials (paper and B/C's)
PLC exterior 2 PDO's All materials (paper and B/C's)
Willamette Hall exterior PDO All materials (paper and B/C's)
Pacific Hall exterior PDO All materials (paper and B/C's)
Bicycle Check Sheet
Date 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 NOTES
Chain & Lube                                                                
Tires & Air                                                                
Wheel hubs                                                                
Brake pads                                                                
Brake cables                                                                
Brake handles                                                                
Test brakes                                                                
Seat Height                                                                
Shift levers                                                                
Lock cable                                                                
Tire pressure                                                                
Tire pump                                                                
Last Updated on 8/8/01
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