Parking in Corvallis is a constant source of frustration, so other modes of transportation can open up new vistas of possibility – without the anguish of searching out a parking spot or haggling over who pays for gas.
Here are some hints for the best ways to get around in Corvallis for students at Oregon State University:
Ride a bike
In all, 46 miles of road in Corvallis have bike lanes, according to the city’s website. So bikes feature prominently as a mode of transportation for residents. Use bike locks to keep your bike secure and leave expensive bikes at home to prevent thefts.
Two shuttles run through the OSU campus Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. They are free of charge and ADA accessible. Anyone can ride. These buses need to be flagged down, but will stop anywhere along their route. For more information, visit http://oregonstate.
Need to get home after a late night at the Valley Library cramming for your midterms? SafeRide is a service available through the student government to OSU students, faculty and staff. The service transports students to and from campus between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. during fall term. Call 541-737-5000 and show your OSU ID card for a ride, but be aware: SafeRide operates within specific boundaries and does not serve people who need rides to and from bars or parties. For more information about SafeRide and its policies, see http://asosu.oregonstate.edu/saferide.
Corvallis Transit Services
From its downtown nexus at Southwest Fifth Street and Monroe Avenue, buses connect to areas such as Timberhill Shopping Center in northern Corvallis and up and down Ninth Street. The service is free — just wait at designated stops, and enter the front doors of the right bus and you’re off! Not sure what bus you need? Go online to find schedules and routes at www.corvallisoregon.gov/index.
aspx?page173 or, for new riders, check out the new rider information page at www.corvallisoregon.
No services are offered Sundays and the buses do not operate late at night.
Returning for duty after the summer break on Oct. 3, the Beaver Bus operates Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8:45 p.m. to 2:45 a.m. It’s a free service that covers most of Corvallis at marked Corvallis Transit Services bus stops and a few additional stops particular to the Beaver Bus. For more information about routes and services, visit www.corvallis
Weekday service between Albany, Linn-Benton Community College, OSU and Hewlett-Packard. Saturday service between Albany, LBCC, OSU and Heritage Mall in Albany. For information, call 541-917-7667 or see
Coast to Valley Express
The beaches of Newport beckon, even in fall. Among many of the local attractions are the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Hatfield Marine Science Center and, of course, the beaches. The bus makes four runs a day, and costs $10 each way for adults. For more info, go online to www.co.benton.or.us/pw/stf/
index.aspx?page182 for a more exhaustive list of ways to get out and about.