Oregon State University is starting a new program to encourage more students and employees to bike to the Corvallis campus.
The program, called ZAP Oregon State, helps cyclists track their trips and earn prizes for biking to OSU.
ZAP Oregon State is open to all OSU students and employees. Students and employees track their rides to campus using a small tag mounted on their bike. The trip is logged automatically as riders pass one of 11 ZAP tag readers at entrances to campus. The readers emit a beep to confirm that a ZAP has been recorded.
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Participants can check their progress online, including calories burned and gallons of gas saved. Rewards will include gift cards to local businesses, bike gear and daily parking passes to the OSU Corvallis campus.
“ZAP supports current bike commuters and encourages new riders,” said Meredith Williams, OSU Transportation Services director. “We are excited to promote health and fitness, facilitate friendly competition and reduce parking and traffic congestion on campus.”
OSU students, staff and faculty can join the program by bringing their bike to a tagging location. Current tagging locations are OSU Transportation Services in Adams Hall, the Dixon Bike Shop and the Corvallis Bike Collective. For more information about the program, visit zap.oregonstate.edu.