Upcoming webinar: State of Bike Share Technology for universities

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Join us for our first network member webinar on June 16, 3:00 – 4:30 pm (EDT)!

Registration is now open here:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/regist…/5134361227908182274

This is a free webinar for network members only that will provide an overview of bike sharing, the current state of university campus bike share, new smart lock technologies, and bike share feasibility analysis.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We’ll be learning about the bike share tech. survey results from Grace Kyung (formerly of Univ of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana), hear from some industry consultants (Kurt Wallace Martin of Bikes Make Life Better and Jessica Zdeb of Toole Design Group) working w/ existing and up and coming bike share technology of various types as well as have input from industry expert Russell Meddin, the man behind the The Bike-sharing World Map, Bike Share Philadelphia and The Bike-sharing Blog.

This webinar will not be a sales pitch for products/ services, but an informational session to help our members best understand the current and coming technologies and how/if they might assist our schools expand bicycle use on our campuses.  Note: Toole Design Group is providing the webinar infrastructure for this presentation, but note that your email address (required for registration) will not be used for any marketing purposes by Toole Design Group.

It will be recorded and archived for future reference for those who can’t “attend”.

 

Natl Bike Summit 2015 Get Together

A group of our fellow campus bike programmers got together during the National Bike Summit to share stories and food/ drink.

Michael Gorman, of Bloomington, Illinois, posted the following w/ this photo to our Facebook group:

“It was great meeting everyone! — with Jacob DeGeal, Grace Kyung, Matthew McCluney, Steve Sanders, Tim Ledlie, Amelia Neptune and Karen Brooks, Carnegie Mellon University at City Tap House DC.”

Campus bike programmers' get together in Washington, DC during the Natl. Bike Summit 2015.
Campus bike programmers’ get together in Washington, DC during the Natl. Bike Summit 2015.

$1 to Save Bicycling on Campus at Univ. Ill – Urbana-Champaign

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Grace Kyung – Univ. of Ill – Urbana-Champaign posing in front of a bike polo match.

Nice article about one of our newer members, Grace Kyung from Univ. Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her efforts to get stable funding for their bike program:
Congrats to Grace for her efforts there and inspiration for what can be done with enough hard work!

http://cleantechnica.com/2015/02/23/1-save-bicycling-campus-university-illinois-urbana-champaign/

Member Amelia Neptune, of the League of American Bicyclists notes “This story originated on the League of American Bicyclists’ blog: http://bikeleague.org/content/big-idea-1-save-bicycling-campus because Grace will be presenting on this topic at the National Bike Summit in March.”

Survey of University Bike-based Courier Services

Our dept. (Mich. State Univ. Sustainability/ MSU Bikes) is exploring the possibility of starting up a bike-based courier service on our campus to augment our campus mail services as well as other delivery services that currently operate on our campus, oftentimes using large motor vehicles for small packages that could be easily delivered via bike.  The photos below are of our pilot service which was launched earlier in 2014 for pick-ups and deliveries of Surplus/ Recycling materials.

This survey is to gather data on other universities that currently have bike-based courier services.

I’ll be sharing the results with the Campus Bike Programmer Network after the survey closes (approx. mid January, 2015).

http://goo.gl/forms/LysGVqJrZA

Thanks in advance for your participation.

AASHE 2014 Conference Gathering Memories

Here are some pics from the AASHE conference in Portland (10/26-10/30/14) where some of us presented and also got together for dinner (Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen: http://www.luclackitchen.com).  Many more pics from my visit here (PSU & Portland City facilities) and here (shops and bikes).

 

9 of Top 10 National Universities Now BFUs!

Congratulations to all the 2014 Bicycle Friendly University Awardees and Honorable Mentions just announced on Campus Sustainability Day (Oct. 21, 2014)!
Excerpt below courtesy League of American Bicyclists:

9 of Top 10 National Universities Now BFUs
October 21, 2014
by Liz Murphy
100 Colleges and Univs now BFUs!
100 Colleges and Univs now BFUs!

Today, on Campus Sustainability Day, the League of American Bicyclists announced 33 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities (BFU) in 20 states. With this new round, 9 of the to 10 colleges and universities in the country, according to the 2014 U.S. News & World Report ranking, are Bicycle Friendly Universities.

These institutions join a cutting-edge group of colleges and universities from across the United States transforming their campuses and the communities around them. There are now a total of 100 BFUs in 37 states and Washington, D.C.

Click image to right or here to read full article.

Bikes on Campus Webinar report

It was a pleasure to present with consultant Alison Kendall & Amelia Neptune in an hour & a half webinar today titled “Bikes on Campus” this afternoon for approx. 50 univ. folks from around the country. Unfortunately we didn’t have as much time for Q&A as we should have but the Qs we did get were quite excellent.  A large focus of the presentation was on the Bike Friendly University program and how a university can become more bike friendly.

Encouraging to know that there’s so much interest in what we’re doing! Hopefully many more univ’s will be joining our growing network.

National Bike Summit 2014 Gathering

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University bike programmers gathering during the Natl. Bike Summit 2014.

A handful of university bike programmers had a great BFU dinner on Tuesday night.  Here’s a photo from the dinner, and below are the names and affiliations of everyone who attended (click to enlarge the photo).

Working clockwise from the front left: Steve Durrant, Alta Planning and LAB Board; Amelia Neptune, League of American Bicyclists; Brian Ohlen, Boise State Univ.; Stephen Ritter, Boise State Univ.; Tyce Herrman, Dickinson College; Briana Orr, Univ. of Oregon;  Steve Sanders, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities; David Takemoto-Weerts, Univ. of California – Davis;  John Brandt, Univ of Maryland, Shady Grove.

Courtesy: Amelia Neptune, Bicycle Friendly America Program Specialist

Bicycles 2013: Planning, Design, Operations, and Infrastructure Reports

Bicycles 2013: Planning, Design, Operations, and Infrastructure
Bicycles 2013: Planning, Design, Operations, and Infrastructure

Thanks to a recent post from Tanya DeOliveira (Planner, Clemson University Planning & Design) the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies has released “Volume 2387 / Bicycles 2013: Planning, Design, Operations, and Infrastructure”.  This volume contains 17 reports related to research focused on bicycling that were presented at the last TRB Annual Meeting.

These reports are available for no charge to TRB members or member institutions.  Here’s the summary page.

If your university is a member institution you should be able to view and download the PDF reports from this page.

 

The Future of Bikeshare Transit Systems

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One example of a univ.-based bike sharing system @ Texas A& M’s Maroon bikes. Click pic to visit their site.

As we all know ‘bike sharing’ is a very hot topic on our campuses.  For those of you interested in learning more about the state of bike sharing systems the Assoc. of Ped and Bike Professionals has 1 more session on the topic coming up Mar. 5th titled “The Future of Bikeshare Transit Systems” that sounds worth the $50 for members ($85 non-mbr); earlier sessions are all available for download (for a fee).  To learn more and register go here.

More bike sharing related resources: