Orange Bike Project (OBP)
The OBP bicycle shop, AKA "The Cage," is located in the 27th Street Parking Garage (TSG) at the corner of University Avenue & 27th Street. The cage is inside the garage on the ground floor near the elevators.
The Cage is UT’s community bike shop where students can volunteer, learn, and work on their own bikes. The shop volunteers are always willing to answer questions or wield tools to get bikes up and ready to go. It is also the location for pick up and drop off for any rented bikes. Orange Bike runs a semester long bike rental and a daily bike rental program.
Orange Bike Semester Rental Program
- The first step to getting a bike from the Orange Bike Project is to add yourself to the Waitlist. Once added, the student will remain on the waitlist until a bike is available. When a bike becomes available, OBP will contact the student and arrange a pick-up time. The bike must be picked up within the time specified by OBP, usually one week, or it will go to the next person on the waitlist.
If a student can't wait, then he/she can work toward a bike via options #2 or #3. Students should nevertheless request to be added to the waitlist (option #1).
- Fixing bikes: The student must first fix one bike for the OBP sale stock. The next bike that the student fixes must be from the rental fleet and can be rented out upon completion. The OBP shop host chooses the possible bikes for working on. At least one of the two bikes fixed should require substantial work.
- Other volunteering: A student can put in 6 hours doing other volunteer work for OBP, such as attending Thursday tabling events or any OBP related event.
For options #2 and #3: Volunteer work must be documented with a) date, b) hours volunteered, c) description of what volunteer work was done, and d) which OBP co-chair was the coordinator.
Upon pick-up, the student will be asked to sign a waiver pertaining to the bicycle's care and return and pay a $20 rental fee. Students are expected to be responsible for the care and maintenance of bicycles in their care, although of course they are welcome to bring them to the Bike Shop during its hours if they have any questions.
Daily Rental Program
We have commuter style bikes that can be rented on a short-term basis. If you would like to reserve a bike send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org that includes your name, UT EID, date/time of rental, and date/time of return. You can also come by the Cage during shop hours to rent or get more information. All bikes come with u-locks and helmets.
Students who wish to use the bikes for academic purposes (e.g. going to lab or class related trips) are given priority over leisure usage. To accommodate this, students will be able to make reservations during the first three weeks of class. Once all reservations have been made, all future rentals will take these dates into consideration.
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How do I donate?
You can drop-off any bike or shop-related donations at the cage during normal hours above. If these hours do not work for you, please email us at email@example.com so that we can arrange a different time.
What are you looking for in a donation?
The library is for the college community so a large range of sizes and types of bikes is great, but kid bikes need not apply. We take bikes in any condition, but a bike that will need a complete build up is very time consuming and will most likely not get worked on for some time.
Bikes that can't be fixed to become rideable will be striped for components, which are very useful in fixing other bikes and maintaining an operational fleet. We are working to partner with the CEC Recycling committee to recycle and dispose of all of our waste sustainably.