New Secure Bike Parking Facilities on Campus

MSU Bike Garage in Trowbridge Parking Ramp

MSU Bike Garage in the Trowbridge Parking Ramp. The Dero Fixit station can be seen holding a bike.  Click pic for more detailed photos of the Garages.

Michigan State University is certified as a Bike Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists, but the high population density and unpredictable weather can be quite unfriendly to bicycle hardware and riders.

Two new bike parking facilities are opening on campus to help alleviate some of those concerns for students, faculty and staff.

MSU Bikes, a service unit of the Sustainability Department, has been working with multiple units on campus to develop and install MSU Bike Garage enhanced-security parking facilities inside two vehicle parking ramps.

The first two completed locations are in the ramps on Trowbridge Road and Grand River Avenue.

The MSU Bike Garages are fenced-in spaces on the ground level, providing protection from theft on all sides and some shelter from the elements. Access is controlled by the university’s card sensor technology seen in buildings across campus, and the caged instead of solid walls provide a safe level of visibility inside and outside the structure.

Inside the facilities, cyclists can lock up their ride in a row of Lightning Bolt™ racks, which are designed to keep bikes upright and work especially well with U-locks. Riders can also take advantage of a Dero Fixit™ station and air pump, similar to the self-serve amenities outside the Bikes Service Center in Bessey Hall.

MSU Bike Garage in the Grand River Parking Ramp

MSU Bike Garage in the Grand River Parking Ramp.   Click pic for more detailed photos of the Garages.

The Bike Garage in the Grand River Avenue ramp can hold up to 50 bikes, while the one in the Trowbridge Road ramp has space for 23. Annual and shorter term memberships provide are available immediately and provide access to both facilities.  Since there is a physical capacity of 73 bikes that can be parked between the two facilities and membership will be available on a first-come first-served basis.

“Campus cyclists now have new options: if you live too far away from campus to ride your bike the whole way you can keep your bike in the garage over night and have it ready to ride once on campus.”  said Tim Potter, MSU Bikes’ manager, who will be overseeing the operations.  “Or, if you find the garages too far away from your office consider keeping a 2nd inexpensive bike locked in the garage and then lock your nice bike in the garage and ride the cheaper one to your building.”

One of our customers’ top 10 favorite things about the bike parking garages:
1. Your campus bike (and all its removable parts) will all be there when you need them.
2. Your campus bike will stay dry and rust-free over nights and weekends.
3. It’s lit and safe in the dark winter mornings and evenings.
4. Your campus bike won’t get kicked in on the racks after the bar crawls.
5. You can park your car in the Grand River ramp then jump on your bike to get around campus fast – great during campus construction, game days or when the inner lots are full (that’s all the time.)
6. Leave a bike securely parked on campus and you’ve got easy access to the river trail for weekend rides.
7. Rent is cheap.
8. You get the most optimal parking spot on Grand River.
9. There’s a handy bike pump and repair stand. Super deluxe.
10. Your friends who bike in other cities will be jealous that you have such a luxurious work feature!
(courtesy Marian M. Reiter, Graphic Artist II, Agriculture and Natural Resources Communications)

Access to the two Garages will be free to authorized users for the remainder of the summer semester.   If you’d like to take advantage of the free ‘test ride’ period (the rest of August) please come by our Center and fill out our Bike Garage membership application; we’ll then give you a new sticker and get your MSU ID authorized to access both facilities.  You’ll then have the option to continue using the facilities after the new semester starts up for a fee (week – month: $15; 1 mo – 3 mos: $25; 3 mo – 9 mos: $35; 1 yr: $50).

“Many thanks to the MSU Administration, MSU Police and Parking, the All University Traffic and Transportation Committee and many other staff from multiple departments who made these facilities possible.”  Tim added.

For more information or to sign up to use the MSU Bike Garages go online here or stop by the MSU Bikes Service Center at (517) 432-3400 or visit bikes.msu.edu, on the ground floor of Bessey Hall at the River Trail, or inside the Surplus Store.

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About Tim Potter
Manager, MSU Bikes Service Center; chair of Non-Vehicular (Bicycle/Pedestrian) Safety sub-committee on the All University Traffic & Transportation Committee (https://www.msu.edu/~auttc/); advocate for local & regional non-motorized transportation issues thru the Mid-Michigan Active Transportation Coalition (http://groups.google.com/group/tcatc); board member of the Ride of Silence (http://www.rideofsilence.org); year-round bicyclist of all sorts; photographer; soccer player; father of 3; married 25+ yrs. to Hiromi, Japanese national (daughter of former Natl. Keirin Champion, Seiichi Nishiji); Christ follower.

11 Responses to New Secure Bike Parking Facilities on Campus

  1. Leonard says:

    This is a true benefit to both the individual and the community as a whole. A real positive for the cyclist and one (or more) less motorized vehicle(s) for other road users to contend with. Keep up the progressive thinking and action on campus.

  2. Mike Unsworth says:

    Is there an online form for sign-up?

  3. Tim Potter says:

    Not yet. You’ll need to come in to our shop to complete & sign a Bike Garage membership form and we’ll need to get some info. from your MSU ID card to get it authorized which has been taking less than a day.

  4. Dino Pinciotti says:

    My daughter is an imcoming Freshman. This there a particular bike we should be looking at for her?

    • Tim Potter says:

      Dino, we offer both new (Fuji, SE, Breezer and Kestrel) and used bikes for sale and also rent bikes (Fuji & SE). Go this page of our website for more details: http://bikes.msu.edu/services/sales/
      Renting a bike is a good option for students who don’t want the hassle of dealing with maintenance as it’s included with our rental fees. We also highly recommend that they take advantage of locking up their bikes in their res. hall bike room (3/4 of the halls have bike rooms that are free to use on a first-come first-served basis) to reduce the odds of theft/ vandalism which is quite common in any large community like a major university campus unfortunately.

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