Assoc. for Commuter Transportation Get-together

Tulane University campus.
Tulane University campus scene

This was the first year for a get-together of University Bike Programmers at the ACT Conference, this year in New

Orleans, LA.  This conference brought together about 500 people from all over the country and some from overseas to talk about how to get more people to commute to work via modes other than driving themselves in their own motor vehicle (Single-occupancy Vehicles or SOV’s).  This is also known as “Transportation Demand Management” and many universities have full-time staff working hard on this to keep their campuses from being overrun with congestion on their roads searching for parking spots.  Some universities, which were blessed with lots of property, are just beginning to discover that there are long-term and very expensive consequences to continue to build out that property with surface parking lots or multi-story ramps/ garages.  You might consider joining ACT and beefing up the membership with people who believe in bicycling as one of the cheapest “dates” in the arsenal of ways to reduce the headaches related to SOV’s on our campuses.

Anyway, below are some photos I shot during our get-together of approx. 20 people.  You might recognize some familiar faces!

Many more bike-related photos that I shot during the conference can be found on Facebook here.

National Bike Summit 2017 photos

Some photos from NBS 2017.  Photos by Tim Potter except where noted.
These photos plus more on Facebook here.

National Bike Summit 2017 BFU offerings

Bike UMD mobile workshop graphic

Monday – Bicycle Friendly Univ. Mobile Workshop at the U of Maryland
A first-time BFU focused mobile workshop offering at the Summit.  Unfortunately, it’s full (as of 3/1/17)Will be posting photos and notes after returning from the Summit.

Lunch time afterwards with Steve Sanders, Jacob Adams, Aaron Goldbeck, Aaron Madrid and John Shrader
Lunch time afterwards with Steve Sanders, Jacob Adams, Aaron Goldbeck, Aaron Madrid and John Shrader – We promise:  2017 will be much more fun & diverse!

Tuesday evening Social get-together – Time – place TBD
We’re planning an informal after all the other parties, so if you’d like to meet and network with other higher ed bike people adding your name/ email to the poll below and we’ll make sure you get the info. on where/ when we’ll be getting together when everyone else is emailed.

Pano of the session
Pano of the 2016 BFU round-table session

Wed. Campus Bike Programmer Round-table Brunch – 10 am – 1pm
Rm. 3300 – Symons Hall, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, UMD  (ask once inside the bldg. for further directions)
For those of you unable to participate in lobbying your legislators during the National Bike Summit 2017, get together with your fellow campus bike programmer – coordinator during brunch and enjoy an informal round-table discussion time.  Pls. include your email address w/ your name so we can update you on meeting location, etc.  http://doodle.com/poll/geruikckyg98qbsu

According to our host, Aaron Goldbeck, Bicycle Coordinator UMD, “Probably the best way to get there is to take the Metro to College Park and then use our bikeshare to get to campus.  That is exactly what we are doing for the mobile workshop, so assuming that everyone coming to this meeting has done the workshop it should be pretty easy.”

Bicycle Friendly University Showcase Poster Sessions
The 2017 National Bike Summit will highlight innovative transportation research and bicycle-friendly programs and initiatives from bicycle-friendly campuses across the country.  Colleges and Universities that participate in the League’s Bicycle Friendly University program are invited to present a poster showcasing their efforts and achievements.

POSTER SESSION DETAILS
All posters will be presented twice during the 2017 National Bike Summit:

Monday, March 6, 3:30-5:00pm
Renaissance Hotel & Conference Center (Room TBA)
RSVP: http://sched.co/9cgt
Poster set up: 3:15-3:30pm

Wednesday, March 8, 1:30-2:30pm

Rayburn Foyer, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
RSVP: http://sched.co/95Ri
Poster set up: 1-1:30pm

Questions?  Contact AMELIA NEPTUNE
Program Manager, Bicycle Friendly Business & University
AMELIA@BIKELEAGUE.ORG  | 202-621-5457

51 New and Renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities Announced!

Northwest U BFU press-release-11-2016
Northwestern Univ. in Evanston, IL, was one of the new BFUs this round.

Fantastic news to see so many of our members getting national recognition for their hard work making their campuses more bike friendly!  164 universities are recognized now!?  Wow!

Here’s an excerpt from the League of American Bicyclists’ press release on Nov. 28, 2016:

“Today, the League of American Bicyclists announced 51 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities℠  (BFUs)  from 25 states, There are now 164 BFUs in 44 states and Washington, DC, a cutting-edge group of colleges and universities across the United States transforming their campuses and the communities around them.”

Read the full article here.

MSU Hosts First Bike Friendly America Conference

The Tour de MSU group poses
The Tour de MSU group poses in front of MSU’s mascot Sparty statue.

As members of the MSU’s Bike Advisory Committee analyzed what made the country’s five platinum-level Bike Friendly Universities so successful it became apparent that MSU needed to get their neighboring communities on board with the same vision to pursue becoming a platinum-level Bike Friendly Community.  This led to reaching out to the League of American Bicyclists and deciding to bring one of their staff to the university to meet with the committee and facilitate meetings with neighboring community leaders.

Steve Sanders, Alternative Transportation Manager of U of MN
Steve Sanders, Alternative Transportation Manager of U of MN, presented the UMN story.

As the cost estimates climbed the idea of turning the visit into a day conference started to come together.  Eventually a new concept for a conference, a Bike Friendly America Conference, was hatched and after months of planning and seeking out sponsors, presenters and attendees the 1st ever conference of its type is now history.

The MSU team is now beginning to think about next year and whether to continue the conference on its campus or to encourage other universities to host it.  Please contact Tim Potter if you’re interested in possibly hosting the event in 2017.

A wrap-up article featuring photos and video highlights can be seen here on the MSU Bikes’ blog.

1st Univ. Bike Program Session @ Natl. Bike Summit 2016

About twenty of us (including a couple vendors) had a great session at the National Bike Summit this March 2016 thanks to Amelia Neptune, the League of American Bicyclists’ Program Manager for their Bicycle Friendly Business & University programs.  Aaron Goldbeck gave one formal presentation on some upcoming new bike programs at the Univ. of Maryland nearby the conference.

Hoping next year’s NBS meeting will be bigger and better!  Amelia is excited about the potential.

Bicycle Friendly University Program Graduates to New Heights

BFU logoIt’s an exciting morning for 49 universities and colleges around the country who are new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities.  This new list of BFUs represents a tremendous amount of work by hundreds if not thousands of people in these universities not to mention the monetary investments too in the effort to make campuses more bike friendly and educate the next generation on safe bicycling habits.

Read the League’s full press release here.

Keep up the great work everyone!

Stanford Main Quad

 

Survey of Valet Bike Parking for large campus events

Volunteer staff at MSU's VBP service.
MSU offered VBP services for a large event during late summer 2015 parking over 100 bikes out of 5,000 attendees. A combination of existing parking and temporary event parking eqpt. was used.

A survey was conducted by Tim Potter in early September 2015 to find out if and how universities are providing valet bike parking services for large events.

The survey itself is still open and is still accepting responses if you missed it earlier. Go here to participate.

Here are the live results.

Community VBP services for a large music festival
Scene during a large community music festival (E. Lansing, MI, summer 2015)

PBIC webinar “Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety on University Campuses”

Screenshot from webinar
Screenshot from webinar

Six of our MSU Bike Advisory Committee sat in on an excellent webinar titled “Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety on University Campuses”on October 16, 2015.  It was hosted by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (which is housed within the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center) an excellent resource for all kinds of materials to help us make our campuses more bike friendly.

You can see the archived version here (both the Powerpoint and the audio recording):  http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_PBIC_LC_101615.cfm

Excellent examples from 3 universities (U of WI-Milwaukee,  UC- Berkeley, NCSU) that are doing some great work to make their campuses safer for everyone moving around.

Webinar report: State of Bike Share Technology for universities

smart-bike-lock We had 55 people (including the 5 presenters) on our first webinar on Wednesday!  A smashing success.  The technology worked and we covered everything we intended to within the alloted time.  We hope that it was helpful for those of our members who are in the middle of considering the different options in starting up a bike “sharing” system or service.

Here are some links to the presentations:

Grace Kyung (formerly of Univ of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana: Presentation  (Powerpoint)

Jessica Zdeb of Toole Design Group) : Presentation (PDF)

Tim Potter, MSU Bikes:  Presentation (Word file)

Russell Meddin, the man behind the The Bike-sharing World Map, Bike Share Philadelphia and The Bike-sharing BlogPresentation Part 1Part 2 (PDFs)

Kurt Wallace Martin of Bikes Make Life Better: Presentation (Prezi)