The dream of the people is the wonderland <3
Call out to all you creative cyclists. Compete and represent IU in this World Bicycle Relief and Threadless Challenge to create a bicycle-themed t-shirt and messenger bag design.
I’d recommend taking a look at the current issue of Boneshaker Magazine, specially if you’re a bike geek. They’ve created a really beautiful publication that I was honored to contribute to. I created this image based on the following poem, which I hand wrote but did not author.
Bikes and Poetry, I love it.Source: lucyengelman.com
What gets you on your bike in the morning? Or, rather, what keeps you off it? The city of Bloomington and the Indiana University campus have made and are making consistent efforts to improve the bicycle infrastructure available to commuters. The city published its Bicycle and Pedestrian System Plan in 2008, identifying locations throughout the city to add bike routes, lanes, bicycle boulevards, and more. This plan is crucial for overcoming short- and long-term bicycle issues.
The main issues that I have confronted personally are threats to my safety, wayfinding (i.e. routes), and the winter in general.
As much as I would love for the city and university to solve the problem of it being so darn cold in the morning, I really can’t condone intentional climate change. Instead, I’ll just layer up and experience the season (and wipe the road salt of my bike at the end of the day).
My major barrier to commuting to bike is a lack of safe, well-marked bike routes. I ride up and down Jordan everyday, and nearly everyday, a car cuts into the bike lane and I politely know on their window (“this is not an extra wide shoulder”).
I don’t find myself upset at the driver; there is a considerable lack of signage denoting the presence of my lane. Some signs, painted bicycle lanes, and I think Jordan Ave. would be just great.
In the recent Transportation Demand Management plan (for a copy of this report, contact me) for IU, it was found that additional bike paths and covered, secure bicycle storage would encourage the most drive-alone commuters to start bicycling.
Is it that simple? If we build it, will they come?
Many studies have found that there is a profound positive correlation between bicycle lanes and bicycle commuters; qualitative survey evidence supports that this is more than simple correlation, this is causation. Safe, accessible bike lanes promotes bicycle use.
This all seems pretty “duh” to me, but policy makers love numbers and peer-reviewed articles to base their decisions on.
So what’s next for IU? The city of Bloomington has its wonderful plan to follow through on, but the university has almost nothing to work on.
The IUB Campus Master Plan states the necessity for elevating the status of bicycle and pedestrian modes of transportation to the level of automobiles. So we need to do something, but the Who (who does it), the What (what do we do), the How (how do we pay for it), and the When (when do we get started) have not yet been defined.
The IU Office of Sustainability is looking into just that. We are looking into drafting a campus Bicycle Master Plan that will identify the barriers to bicycling to campus and then provide the solutions.
Many of this nation’s top universities have drafted and enacted Bicycle Master Plans (e.g. Stanford, U Virginia, U Georgia) and have witnessed fantastic success.
It might be time for IU to get serious about bicycling.
Please join the IU Bicycle Steering Committee this Tuesday, February 12, at the E House (704 E 10th St) at 4pm to discuss the future of bicycling at Indiana University.
Contact bicycle[at]indiana.edu for more information.