The Campus Department of Transportation solicited a eight month study to determine the best way to improve bike ridership on campus. This Gazette Article reports the details.
A university survey found that 5 percent of respondents rode their bikes on campus. J. David Allen, director of the university’s Department of Transportation Services, said he’d like to get that number up to 9 percent.
The campaign would address the many obstacles — too few curb ramps and marked bike lanes, narrow trails and a lack of parking — that hinder on-campus riders.
“There are these little things that will discourage people from biking,” Allen said. “We want to eliminate as many of these things as possible.”
I can tell you from years of personal experience that UMCP is certainly not the most bike-friendly campus and DOTS should be applauded for taking steps to improve. 9 percent is still a dismal number but it is a step in the right direction.
Another contributor to RTCP says.
“I think you’re not casting your net wide enough,” said Councilman Robert Catlin (Dist. 2).
Preach on Brother Bob, preach on.