Consultants recommend changes to address campus bicycle-pedestrian needs

October 23, 2014  


The bicycle consulting team of Rundell Ernstberger Associates LLC and Toole Design Group shared its recommendations with the campus and community at a public meeting Wednesday (Oct. 22).

The recommendations are based on a yearlong study that looked at best practices in both urban and campus environments and used a variety of feedback mechanisms to obtain information from students, faculty, staff and community members.

The recommendations are organized by categories and include the following:

Engineering
* An implementation and phasing plan for bicycle infrastructure enhancement projects.
* Identifying several on-street and on-campus (off-street) projects and suggesting their potential implementation timeline.

Education
* Establishment of a bicycle ambassador peer education program and developing travel safety information materials for all incoming members of the Purdue community.

Enforcement
* Some revisions of the traffic and parking regulations, targeted enforcement and development of a "caught being good" program.

Encouragement
* Establishment of an on-campus bicycle shop for maintenance, repairs and training and pursuing a "bicycle-friendly university" designation.

Evaluation
* Conducting a semiannual travel survey of faculty, staff and students and issuing an annual report on bicycling.

Organizational 
* Designating a campus bicycle coordinator and maintaining an active bicycle advisory committee.

In the coming days, an executive summary of the recommendations will be available on the Purdue Bikes website, and, in the weeks to come, recommendations will be reviewed and considered for implementation on the West Lafayette campus.

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