Wayne State University
Check out the latest progress in creating more amenities for bike parking at Wayne State! New racks at the Student Center provide semi-sheltered space for six bicycles.
Behold! There are plenty of bike racks coming to the new Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio), where there will also be secure indoor parking and showers. Tenants will start populating the building later this summer. More details coming soon.
This is great but I'm not sure it's all necessary. The racks at the dorms (especially Towers) are always full just because people abandon their bikes there all year (about half the chains are literally rusted and tires flat). I hope these are getting placed in a place close to the main entrance, or on the Cass side if there will be an entrance on that side, not Woodward. With me, if I can't find a suitable bike rack within 15 seconds of where I'm trying to go, I just lock to a pole or sign. (In other words, smaller racks in more places are better than huge bike racks that are rare.)
Thank you for using a great design for these racks-a U parallel to the bike! Most racks on campus are either a U perpendicular to the bike which isn't as easy to lock to, or an M shape which are also hard to lock the frame, or those short long racks, like by Manoogian, that don't allow the frame to be locked at all.
I think the showers are a big asset- I don't know of any place around midtown or downtown that offers that for bicycle commuters! It's fantastic that you didn't plan for bikes as an afterthought, but integral to the design of the building! You also might want to remind people, here or elsewhere at the university or TechTown, that in many other cities, people take transit into work, carrying their bike on the bus or train, then ride home after work-half as long, and it doesn't matter if you get sweaty because you can shower in the privacy of your home!
Thank you! :)
There will be a public bike repair stand and air pump installed on the west side of the Mort Harris Recreation & Fitness Center in the center of campus. This central location is also the location of WSU’s bike rental service for students, faculty and staff.
Excellent--bike paths *on* campus, please, so that I do not run the constant risk of riding into swerving pedestrians staring at their handheld devices.
Excited to see the stand installed - just in time for spring!
Thanks, Lisa, and that's a great point, Renee. While there are no plans at this time to create bike-specific paths on campus (e.g., along the Malls and sidewalks), there are plans to create bike lanes along Cass Ave. this summer stretching from West Grand Blvd. to Lafayette.
In the meantime, swing by The Hub Bike Shop just south on Cass Ave. to pick up a bike bell to alert those smartphone-staring pedestrians! Ride safe, and mark your calendar for May 15th: Bike to Work Day. Wayne State will have a Midtown pit stop located in front of Old Main. More info here: bit.ly/bikeWSU
Next week 70 signs will be posted at 15 locations on and around campus signaling the distance it takes to walk or bike to a variety of destinations of interest. Our goals are to encourage more of our campus community to explore Midtown’s businesses, restaurants and cultural assets; invite more of our neighbors and Midtown visitors onto campus; and test out a playful and temporary way-finding strategy to inform future efforts.
Learn more here: walkyourcity.org/campaigns/107
Bike racks inside the parking structures.
Defined bike lanes on Gullen Mall and other major pedestrian/bike paths.
More bike decoy programs!
The limited amount of bike parking on campus is ridiculous. Especially at Matthaei, and the commercial strip along Anthony Wayne Drive. Heads of WSU facilities should visit MSU for notes on bike parking. I was there last year and was amazed.
Thanks for sharing, Steven and Aragorn! These are great ideas.
We are absolutely interested in more bike-friendly amenities on campus and are taking your suggestion to research what other universities are doing. Please feel free to share specific ideas, links or images from other places.
We're still working on starting a public bike share system in Detroit that would likely have a couple of stations located on or near campus. To learn more, check out the feasibility study we did last year: economicdevelopment.wayne.edu/...
Great idea, Lisa! Share this idea with your friends and colleagues to ask if they want a bike friendly campus too!
Also, be sure to check out the new bike rentals available on campus at the Mort Harris Recreation Center. Anyone can rent a bike by the hour, day, or 72 hours. Visit rfc.wayne.edu/
Who is the company that supplies the bike and does the repairs on these bikes? I used to work for a similar company in Nashville, TN.
Hi Aaron, thanks for your question. The company is Dynamic Bicycles based out of Rhode Island. You can find them here:
Also, be sure to check out some of the non-motorized improvements coming to Cass Avenue along Wayne State's campus in 2015, including bike lanes, bike repair stands, and counting kiosks. More info here: detroit.curbed.com/archives/20...