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.
Integrated Bicycle Master Plan
In July 2012, Purdue University commissioned a consultant team to formulate an Integrated Bicycle Master Plan for the West Lafayette campus. While the focus of the plan will be on campus bicycling, the goal is to look at bicycle commuter needs beyond campus as well. Purdue is taking the following steps in drafting this Integrated Plan:
- Performing an inventory and analysis of existing campus and community bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure conditions, maps, programs and policies.
- Inclusive planning process to develop goals, objectives and strategies to ensure that the programs and policies and a realistic bicycle infrastructure that safely integrates with pedestrian circulation for campus and the surrounding community.
- Facilitation of stakeholder and public planning meetings; gather information, hear and share feedback, encourage buy-in, develop recommendations and document decisions / progress.
- Development of phasing and implementation plans with supporting cost estimates.