Bicycling has become an increasingly popular mode of transportation on campus, and Purdue University has initiated several projects to be bicycle-friendly and ensure the safety of cyclists.
Bike Racks and Bike Paths
The university has installed bike racks adjacent to most major buildings on campus and is planning for existing and future bike paths to encircle the main campus area in support of this alternative, sustainable transportation method. Cyclists riding on the Purdue campus must register their bicycles with campus police, to aid in law enforcement and recovery in case of theft. Bicycle registration is free.
Bike Tent at Farmers Market
In collaboration with the Purdue Cycling Club, a Bike Tent is set up every Thursday between 11 a.m.amp;#8211;3 p.m. at the Purdue University Farmers Market at Centennial Mall. The Bike Tent provides free service to bikes requiring minor repairs, and is a great way to find out more about bicycling norms and rules about cycling on campus.
Bike Repair Stations
The Office of University Sustainability also recently installed two bicycle “fix-it” stations on campus. These stations are located in front of Harrison Hall and near the bike path in front of Heavilon Hall and Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry. A third station will soon be established near the France Cordova Co-Rec Center. The fix-it stations include all the tools necessary to perform basic bicycle repairs and maintenance tasks, including tires, brakes and derailleurs. A repair arm, which allows a bicycle's pedals and wheels to spin freely while owners make adjustments, is attached to the stations. A QR code located on the front of each station offers detailed instructions to help with repairs. Any smart, Internet-enabled device can access the code.
Future Bicycle and Pedestrian Campus Infrastructure
A steering committee of Purdue University faculty, staff and students, along with the consulting team of Rundell Ernstberger Associates, LLC and Toole Design Group, Inc., are collaborating to develop a strategy for the future of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure on the West Lafayette campus.
Current information on this process is available on the Purdue Bikes website.