Promoting Bicycle Commuting by Enhancing Parking Infrastructure: A Case Study of Western Michigan University

Authors: Gregory Carlton*, Western Michigan University
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Transportation Geography, Recreational and Sport Geography
Keywords: Planning, Infrastructure, Parking, Bicycles, Active Transportation
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Congressional B, Omni, West
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Bicycle parking receives little attention from planners and academics, yet it is a necessary component of cycling infrastructure. The limited research record supports the notion that bicycle users prefer covered, secured bicycle parking facilities that are both functional and easy to use. Unfortunately, many institutions fail to provide bicycle parking options that fulfill these demands. Western Michigan University is no exception to this rule; the bicycle parking infrastructure on campus is poorly maintained, unsecured and difficult to use. This research examines whether enticing users with incentives such as secured bicycle parking lockers and covered bicycle shelters will help to increase cycling use among faculty, staff and students. Another possible incentive is providing a personal bike locker in exchange for the current car parking permit benefit that each faculty and staff member receives. The results of this study may have far reaching implications, not just for Western Michigan University, but for institutions across the United States.

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