Purdue President Daniels creates Bicycle Task Force

October 18, 2013  

Bike routes in north academic campus to double in coming weeks

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – More than one mile of marked bicycle routes will be added to the north academic area of the West Lafayette campus thanks to a Bicycle Task Force established by President Mitch Daniels earlier this month. These new marked bicycle routes represent a 58 percent increase in the total distance of marked campus routes and double the distance of marked routes available in the north academic campus area.

The Bicycle Task Force is made up of representatives from Physical Facilities, Environmental Health and Public Safety, Purdue Student Government, Administrative and Professional Staff Advisory Committee, Clerical and Service Staff Advisory Committee, University Housing, Student Legal Services Office, Physical and Capital Planning, University Senate, and University Resources Policy Committee. Chaired by Michael B. Cline, vice president for physical facilities, the task force was charged by Daniels with increasing the convenience of bicycling on campus, with a primary focus on bicyclist, motorist and pedestrian safety.

"One of the keys to bicycle safety on campus is to carefully manage how bicycle, motorized vehicle and pedestrian traffic interact on a daily basis," said Carol Shelby, senior director of environmental health and public safety. "By increasing the amount of marked bicycle routes on campus, we're dedicating specific areas for bicycle use and enhancing the safety of traffic flow in the north academic campus area."

Crews will begin marking the additional bicycle routes this weekend, focusing on the following areas in the north academic campus:

* Stadium Mall

* Academy Park

* Between the Mechanical Engineering Building and the Brown Laboratory of Chemistry

* Near Stanley Coulter Hall

* Near Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education

Work will continue over the next two weeks, weather dependent, and may result in small disruptions and landscaping relocations.

In addition to the increase in marked bicycle routes on campus, the Bicycle Task Force has recommended the development of a campus bicycle website to include, among other things, a map of bicycle routes, parking locations and maintenance stations. The Bicycle Task Force will continue its work through the winter, developing additional recommendations for the future of bicycle infrastructure on the West Lafayette campus. 

Source: Meghan Leiseberg, physical facilities communications, 765-494-8000 

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