by Andrew Crisp
Anybody who commutes by bicycle knows: it ain’t always easy bein’ green. Now, Boise State is trying to offer solutions for those who choose to ride on two wheels to work or class.
With more and more people switching to cycling as a primary, or even secondary means of getting around, Boise State’s campus has sought to focus more on cyclists. They’ve installed dozens of new bike racks, providing hundreds of spaces, Still, it seems every time a new rack is installed, a dozen more bikes rush to fill it. Some people worry about the safety and security of leaving a bike chained up on campus.
“I think one of the things we’re missing right now, largely, is long-term secured bike parking,” said Casey Jones, the director of Parking and Transportation at Boise State.
Enter the Boise State bike barn, installed in the Brady Garage off University Avenue. Essentially, the barn is a caged-in section of the garage where students and faculty hang their bikes in a secure location. The cost will be $15.00 per semester, and will accommodate up to 65 bicycles, stored in a vertical position on the wall.
“We think it’s going to be very successful,” said Jones. “We’re so sure, we’re planning a second bike barn in the parking addition across from the student union building.”
Boise State also reached out to attendees last weekend's Oregon State football game, providing a valet parking corral for cyclists.
“I noticed probably 500 bikes locked to just about everything that you could possibly imagine,” says Jones of the days before the corral. “It’s a great need on a day when weather’s really nice to provide for bikes.”
Jones foresees providing the service in bigger and better ways from now on.
“Any major event, we think there’s a place for valet bike parking,” said Jones. “If it’s the right kind of concert, where we think we’ll get quite a few bicyclists coming to campus, we’re going to offer it.”
Expect cycling and transit to be a big part of Boise State's future. With an increased focus on shuttle services, the push for bus use by students, the recent ZipCar addition, and the dwindling number of parking spots, the campus is also constructing a transit center on the West side of the Student Union Building. The facility is designed to be multi-modal, providing plenty of bike racks, and access to shuttles and buses.