A temporary bike rack (4-looper) was installed in the Bike Cage at ECE on July 25, 2022! A 3-loop and 2-loop bike rack will be purchased in FY23 for ECE. When the new bike racks arrive, the 4-looper will be replaced with the 3- and 2-looper.
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The iCAP Working Group met and discussed the following agenda items. Meeting notes are attached.
1. Brief iCAP Portal overview by Morgan
2. Discuss any updates to Water002, Cooling Tower Increase COC
3. Discuss Trans008, Bike Parking in Ramps
4. Discuss updates to Econs004, Green Labs Coordinator
5. Consider issues with recommendation process and view recommendation trackerAttached Files:
Summary: This meeting served to update and refocus the team, as well as to further discuss Lily Wilcox’s suggestion for her bike-cage recommendation.
Lily Wilcox - Active Transportation Coordinator
New IWG chair – Ximing Cai
Ben McCall has stepped down as the iCAP working group chair and will be replaced by Ximing Cai, who will start on March 1st. Morgan Johnston will serve as the interim chair until then. Ximing wants to tie iSEE to other campus sustainability programs better, and wants faculty outside of iSEE more involved.
IWG wants recommendations
The iCAP working group is asking for feedback as to how well recommendations are working from our perspective. They hope to have a summary for recommendations by May. For instance, you might note that it is hard to have faculty engagement, or that the SWATeam isn’t getting enough feedback. If you have suggestions you would like IWG to hear, email Morgan Johnston.
Bike Parking Cage proposal
Last semester, Lily Wilcox introduced a suggestion to have secure cages for bike storage in all new parking structures. Those who would like to use these structures would pay for a permit. The team has not yet decided to agree completely on the proposal as we are still working out how to address some specific concerns.
The most important concern is cost. These cages are expected to cost approximately $60,000, and will be in use for the 30-50 year lifespan of the parking structure. Morgan noted that these cages would likely be in high demand, so we could charge upwards of $85-$100 per year for a permit, similar to universities like Ohio State and Minnesota.
Additionally, we discussed who the primary customers would be. Likely, the primary buyers would be day-riders and some students. Morgan suggested that we talk to campus recreation about the idea as well.
Finally, we discussed some of the implementation challenges of the proposal. Brian mentioned that having bike riders in a parking garage create a safety hazard as cars may not be aware of or expect bike riders. Furthermore, any malfunction of the card-swipe system would be a huge inconvenience for anyone who needs to retrieve their bike.
Overall, we have not yet formally agreed to go ahead with the recommendation but will continue to discuss it until we work out these issues.
Our next meeting will be Thursday, March 16 at 1pm. This meeting will take place on Thursday so as to not be right before spring break.
Meeting Minutes 12-02-16
- Lily Wilcox proposes new recommendation to build bike parking cages in new parking decks. Proposal was submitted to iCap Working Group
o Will faculty really use this? Most faculty drive to campus; will they use bikes to get from building to building?
o Price is $100 per semester per bike. Price seems too high, and we’re not sure it is worth it for a cheap bike. Also, we are not sure if students would be willing to pay that much. We must look at what pricing options we can come up with.
o Overall, proposal was very well received by team.
o Other universities, such as the University of Wisconsin, have similar bike parking and Lily says they are happy with it.
o A survey showed that there is some student interest in $25 permit student pricing.
o This would help the problem of abandoned bikes on campus.
- Other Comments:
o This proposal would focus on new parking decks being built, but it would also be possible to retrofit old ones.
o Having shower rooms in the new parking decks would help so people do not have to be sweaty after riding their bike.
Spring meetings: Fridays at 1pm, about once every two weeks.Attached Files:
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Katie, I have not forgotten about this. I am working on tracking down the “master plan” so to say for the existing parking decks. Several are in need of repair & we are looking at what to do in the long run. There is a feasibility study that will take place over the next year or so to determine what to do. I am still looking into covered parking in the unused corners of parking garage spaces, but I want to wisely invest the $ into something that will last for a long time. Thank you for your feedback and patience. From: Johnston, Morgan B Sent: Friday, September 20, 2013 5:08 PM To: Katie Kinley Cc: DeLorenzo, Stacey Subject: RE: Bike Parking Hi Katie, Stacey DeLorenzo is the new TDM Coordinator and she is handling the bike parking infrastructure needs. I think that she would be a good first place to start. I know that the SSC funded bike parking does not include parking inside the North Campus Parking Deck (NCPD), which is the ECE garage you are thinking of. I also know that the Parking Department has historically avoided bike parking inside decks/garages, due to safety concerns. Stacey can talk with the Parking Director, Michelle Wahl, and perhaps you can work together to get Parking to agree to let some be added there… Stacey, Katie is the SSC Transportation Working Group chair. So, when we have the ARC’s approval of the new bike racks, she is one who will be copied on the scope change request. Thanks!! Morgan ============================ Ms. Morgan B. Johnston Sustainability Coordinator University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Facilities & Services, 115J PPSB, MC-800 1501 S. Oak, Champaign, IL 61820 217-333-2668 firstname.lastname@example.org http://icap.sustainability.illinois.edu From: Katie Kinley [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Friday, September 20, 2013 4:54 PM To: Johnston, Morgan B Subject: Bike Parking Hi Morgan, Who could I ask about whether or not there will be bike parking inside the ECE parking garage?? Thanks, Katie Kinley