There’s nothing like free stuff to bring out a crowd.
Nearly 600 people, most of them Oregon State University students, turned out Thursday during the three-hour “Be Bright, Be Seen” bike safety giveaway in the Memorial Union Quad.
The line was 50 people deep shortly after noon as Laura Shields of OSU Marketing spun the prize wheel for Lyndsey Clark.
“Cool. I get a lighted thing,” said Clark, a senior electrical engineering major from Hillsboro, who came away with a clip-on lighted strobe.
Her roommate, Taya Juenemann, saw the announcement for the giveaway on Facebook.
“It said free stuff. Free bike stuff even better,” said Clark, who lives north of campus and commutes on her bike.
Getting a reflector was enough motivation for Alysa Phan to stand in line in the cold.
“I want to be safe,” said Phan, a junior graphic design/fine arts major from Eugene, who got a keychain reflector.
Phan hasn’t had any safety problems, just the frustration of someone stealing her handlebar grips.
Also given out were reflective wrist/ankle bands and illuminated umbrellas. Of course, the color of everything was orange.
It wasn’t just bicyclists who showed up.
Zachary Rose, recreation resource management major in the College of Forestry, held his motorcycle helmet as he stood in line.
“I follow the philosophy all gear, all the time,” Rose said.
Campus public safety officers collected 25 completed bicycle registration forms during the event.
Students and faculty who register their bikes have a better chance of getting them back if they’re stolen. Campus police also can notify registered riders if their bikes are locked where they shouldn’t be. Bicycle registration can be done online at http://ore
Officer Steve Beaudoin said that as OSU enrollment has surged over the past five years, so too have the number of bikes and the potential for problems.
Just the other day as a woman opened her car door on Jefferson Avenue, a bicyclist plowed into it, causing about $1,000 in damage to the door and no damage to the bike, he said.
Here are ways to counter the bike problems that Beaudoin frequently observes on campus:
• Obey traffic signs.
• Slow down and don’t ride too fast.
• Use lights and reflectors.
• Use hand signals.
OSU, the city of Corvallis, the Gazette-Times, OSU Beaver Store and the Daily Barometer partnered for the “Be Bright, Be Seen” event.
Graham Kislingbury can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.