Bike parking is essential for supporting green commuters as well as raising awareness and supporting biking on campus.
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FY09 SSC Bike Parking Upgrades (Completed)
Morgan Johnston, Transportation Demand Management Coordinator at F&S, requested $10,600 from the Student Sustainability Committee to upgrade the bike parking areas in three areas on campus. This request included a departmental contribution of
The goal of this project is to provide standard bicycle parking at three locations on campus: Freer Hall, the Undergraduate Library, and the Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building. This will encourage bicycle riding and support the Campus Area Transportation Study (CATS) mission “to better accommodate pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and vehicle movements in a more user-friendly environment.” This is also one of the amenities recommended by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Multi-Modal Transportation Study recommendation to “provide other amenities to accommodate existing bicyclists and attract new ones.”
The three locations in this proposal are selected due to their relationship with other bicycle initiatives, prominent location, or immediate need. Freer Hall is home to the only campus owned bicycles, which should be provided with appropriate bicycle parking, to protect the University’s assets. The Undergraduate Library is located in the heart of campus, and a majority of students use their building regularly. The bicycle racks in this location will be seen by and used by campus visitors, students, faculty, and staff. The Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building has a complete lack of appropriate bicycle parking. Students riding a bicycle to this building have no options for securing the bike, so a rack should be provided to fill this need.
There is no fund available at Facilities & Services or elsewhere on campus to provide bicycle parking in built-up locations. New bicycle parking areas are only installed through the construction of a new building or with individual department funds. There are many locations on campus with old inappropriate racks which cause damage to bicycles that use them, or a complete lack of racks which cause cyclists to lock their bikes to trees and fences. The entire campus bike parking system needs to be upgraded, and this project will implement three styles of upgrades. At Freer Hall, we will remove old dangerous racks, and install new inverted loops in existing concrete. At the Undergrad Library, we will remove unused benches and install inverted loops in existing pavers. At the Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building, we will install a free standing rack with five loops. The project will bring experience with the installation processes, so future bike parking selections can be determined with full knowledge of the costs and timeframes.
The impacts are already visible: the racks at the Undergraduate Library are nearly always full, while the racks at Freer are used by not only students at Freer Hall, but students living at the Busey-Evans Residence hall as well. The Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building rack also remains full throughout the day.
Project Leader:Morgan Johnston
- Tom Abram
- Matt Edmonson
- Jeff Schrader
- Suhail Barot
- Grace Kenney
Proposed October 15, 2008Proposed by Morgan JohnstonApproved January 14, 2009Approved by Suhail BarotStarted January 30, 2009Started by Morgan JohnstonCompleted November 30, 2009Completed by Grace Kenney