Inspired by the shape, form and function of bicycles, the new Associated Students Bike Shop is an inspired departure from its 1970s-era predecessor. Work is continuing on the facility, which has been reenvisioned as an interactive community hub with ample inside-outside flow and space to simply hang out.
The new site, about one-third an acre large, is right off the bike path along Ocean Road. Plans call for a one-story, low-slung 3,000-square-foot building surrounded by grass, that in addition to the workshop will feature a utility area, bicycle storage, an outdoor plaza and a lounge area.
It is expected to be up, running and providing free or subsidized bicycle parts, repair, instruction and maintenance — as it has since 1974 — in 2023.