Attention MSU Bikes customers:
Due to the start-of-semester rush, we are unable to perform tune-ups and other large repairs from August 19th – September 18th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Attention MSU Bikes customers:
Due to the start-of-semester rush, we are unable to perform tune-ups and other large repairs from August 19th – September 18th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Approx. 25 people attended this 1st ever event and we had great open discussion about all forms of commuting to work (other than Single-occupancy-vehicles).
Now that the weather has turned nice, have you ever thought to yourself, “It’s such a nice day! It would be the perfect day to bike or walk to work!” If that thought ever crossed your mind, no matter how fleeting, this event is for you! Join us for a funny and informative brown-bag session from several “regular people” who walk or bike to work on campus.)
– When: May 17, 5:30 pm ~9 pm
– Where: Wells Hall Courtyard (near Starbucks)
In almost perfect weather, on the evening of May 17, 2017, over 250 bicyclists participated in the nine-mile ride from the Wells Hall Plaza at Michigan State University campus to the Michigan State Capital in downtown Lansing.
As in years past, we rode in memory of cyclists who have been killed or injured. This was the 10th annual event held on the MSU campus with the route going thru E. Lansing and Lansing finishing at the State Capitol building steps. It’s a signature event for the TCBA Advocacy Committee and supported with private donations and funds from TCBA.
The post-ride gathering to celebrate the efforts of advocates and others who work towards safer roads and facilities for bicycling in the area was at the Lansing Brewing Company which is becoming one of the most bike-friendly establishments in the Lansing area.
MSU Bikes once again will host the Ride of Silence on the campus for the Greater Lansing area. Approx. 200 people joined in this very significant event the last couple years that honors/ remembers bicyclists who’ve been seriously injured or killed in crashes with motor vehicles. The evening wraps up with an after-party at the Lansing Brewing Co. to celebrate all the hard work area advocates are doing to improve things in the area to make it safer for cycling. The TCBA Advocacy Committee is one such group that has monthly meetings open to the public and needs more people concerned about improving our roads. The Facebook event page for the ride has full details and links to photos from last year for your viewing pleasure. There is also a Facebook page for the Greater Lansing Ride of Silence that you might want to plug into to stay abreast.
Approx. 40 campus bicyclists came together for the annual event to hear the thoughts and insights regarding the future of bicycling on and near our campus from the lead of the MSU Sustainable Mobility Plan, Dr. Wolfgang Bauer. Thankfully, Mark Haas, Vice President of Finance & Treasurer, a life-long bicyclist and avid bike commuter, also attended and was able to answer additional questions related to the future of bicycling at MSU.
Join your fellow campus bicyclists to celebrate National Bike to Work/ Campus Day with a free continental breakfast and get inspired by our guest speaker, Dr. Wolfgang Bauer, who will update us on the MSU Sustainable Mobility Plan and how it will positively impact bicycling and other non-motorized modes of transportation on and near campus in the near and long term.
– When: 8:00 am, May 24, 2017
– Where: Lansing Municipal Park
The League of Michigan Bicyclists, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, Michigan Mountain Biking Association and PEAC will join forces once again for the Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day held at the State Capitol. Volunteers from all four organizations will meet with legislators on key policy issues that facilitate a more bicycle-friendly and safer for Michigan.
Join in this national challenge to win prizes and bragging rights! MSU has a team (MSU Spartan Cyclists) who have done very well within the Big 10 over the past few years. Join in the fun and jump on the MSU peloton!
Here’s a good step-by-step how-to article to help you get started.
So, you’re an aspiring Darwin Awardee and have a bike handy, what are your options to make history? Here’s my top 10 tips based on years of observation, listening to incredible stories of crashes and researching fatal crashes all over the country that will give you a pedal-up on your competing wanna-be awardees! *
Ride your bike while…
1. …staring at your phone and rarely look up, just go by “feel”. You’ve been all over this campus so many times, you know every bump, bush, pothole; who needs to actually see where they’re going?!
2. …wearing ear buds or better yet, full ear-covering headphones w/ music cranked up. Your hearing is designed for awesome music not buses or trucks passing nearby.
3. … drinking coffee and going no-handed for extra coolness just like the hip song “I can ride a bike with no handlebars!”.
BETTER YOUR ODDS! Combine 2 or all 3 of the above for more chances of a fatal crash!
Jump on your bike…
4. …without checking whether your brakes are working; who really needs brakes?! Maybe just take them off altogether to save weight and use your feet to stop?!
5. …with your fork mounted backwards (just the way it came out of the box!). Assembling a bike is easy-peasy like walking and chewing gum.
6. …without making sure someone hasn’t stolen your front wheel skewer that holds your wheel on the fork.
7. …with your handlebars flopping around completely loose.
Ride your bike….
8. … on the sidewalk, in the bike lanes, wherever is the fastest (against traffic)!
9. …at night with no lights and dark clothing.
10. … through red lights, stop signs, whatever. Street laws are for cars/ trucks and wussies.
* This article is satire and not intended to be a serious guide to your demise. Please DO NOT do these things if you would like to continue living. Read this article for REAL tips that will help save your life.
As a year-round cycling MSU professor of packaging (hat tip Diana Twede) likes to say “It’s just a matter of the correct packaging!”. Your body generates lots of heat while riding and you’re moving faster to your destination. MSU staff also keep the roads and paths very clear throughout the winter for everyone’s safety, although getting to campus is sometimes a little more challenging!
Come to the MSU Bikes Service Center for one or more of three classes offered in collaboration with MSU’s new WorkLife Office and learn more about getting you and your bike ready for winter cycling so you can enjoy it as much as we do! If none of these dates work for you then review our winter cycling tips here at your leisure.
If you’re already a cold-weather cycling veteran then PLEASE come with your setup and do some show ‘n tell to help inspire others! The following workshops are FREE, short and full of good tips you can use this winter to have a better, safer more comfortable time.
Sessions are limited to 12 people attending with their bikes and requires at least 3 attendees, so RSVPs are requested. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS with your name if you want to be notified of possible changes/ cancellations due to lack of attendance or unforeseen circumstances.
Sorry, there is no visitor parking available nearby; click here for visitor parking information. They will ticket cars in the Bessey Parking lot til 6 pm.
We close the shop at 5 pm, so you’ll find the Closed sign up when you get here; the door should be unlocked so just come in or knock.
101 Session: (Tues. 11/08/16)
This session will focus on the overall/ general tips on how to prep your clothing and your bike for comfy, enjoyable and safe riding.
This session will mostly be a repeat of the 101 class for those who couldn’t attend it and then if time allows we’ll dig into more depth and other finer considerations of cold-weather riding.
This session will be a DIY studded tire and other DIY ways to modify your bike for added safety and comfort. Materials are NOT included and we’ll NOT have enough time to actually make your own studded tires but instead you’ll see a demonstration of how they’re made.
Any questions about the class? Call Tim Potter, our host: (517) 432-3414
After receiving the news in November 2015 from the League of American Bicyclists that MSU was upgraded to a silver-level Bike Friendly University award the MSU Bike Advisory Committee (BAC) decided that rather than just plod along towards gold we’d embark on a bold mission of jumping over gold and “Pedal for Platinum”. “Spartans Will… Pedal for Platinum!” has a nice ring to it!
In true Spartan fashion, our mission launched with action. We broke down the BFU applications of all the other platinum-level and new gold-level universities to see where the big differences were most apparent in MSU’s case (those comparisons can be viewed here for reference). One of those that popped out at us were that other platinum universities had neighboring communities that were either platinum-level or gold, such that they were clearly working closely together to assure that the overall experience for their university community from home to campus would be a top-notch bike-friendly experience not just on campus.
We began thinking how we might be able to facilitate helping our neighboring communities in their journey to become more bike friendly. Bringing in some experts to meet with the community leaders came up as an option. The costs for doing that quickly made it apparent that we’d need help in covering those costs. The concept of a conference where we’d invite not only our neighboring community leaders but area business leaders and university staff as well was born.
Little did we know at the time, but we ended up leading the way with the country’s first-ever Bike Friendly America conference highlighting the League of American Bicyclists‘ entire award program to other universities, communities and businesses last May. A wrap-up of the conference is here.
A host of other Bike Month events were also planned and hosted around the conference which all dove-tailed together to form a series of bike culture building opportunities.
Over the summer the BAC focused their attention on developing a more detailed plan for how MSU will reach platinum. The draft below has been incorporated into the 2016 update of the Campus Master Plan (which has yet to be approved by the Board of Trustees) which is our current Pedal for Platinum campaign plan. Additional action items and projects are being discussed and debated within the BAC which will be finalized and posted soon.
If you’d like to suggest some changes or additions to the plan please email Tim Potter or attend one of our upcoming public monthly meetings.
3. Goals & Recommended Strategies
The university will continue striving to improve its standing from a silver-level to a platinum-level Bicycle Friendly University based on the League of American Bicyclists’ ratings. Future goals and recommended strategies are organized around the League of American Bicyclists’ five essential elements: Engineering, Education, Enforcement, Encouragement, and Evaluation/Planning. In addition, Michigan State University incorporates two additional elements, Environment and Economic, to form the basis for future actions.
Strengthen and expand campus infrastructure to support safe, effective, and efficient bicycling.
1. Design and construct all campus roadways as complete streets, complying with Michigan Public Acts 134 & 135 of 2010 and update university design and construction standards accordingly.
2. Fund and construct the final segments of the MSU River Trail.
3. Enhance and expand parking facilities within priority locations of the academic districts. Incorporate a minimum bicycle parking ratio for new buildings and major renovations into the Standards for Construction – Design Guidelines.
4. Increase parking supplies within the residential neighborhoods with a goal to accommodate 30% of the resident population. Work with REHS to establish a prioritized strategy for implementation.
5. Work with the lighting committee to assess and implement new night lighting in priority locations.
6. Investigate traffic signal progressions per Campus Master Plan modality priorities (pedestrians first, bicycles second, transit third, private automobile last).
7. Eliminate obstructions from potential ‘Clear Vision Areas’ to enhance safety for all users.
Develop and implement educational programs that promote bicycle usage and bicycle safety.
1. Continue working with, and providing information for, student and parent orientation.
2. Continued cooperation on safety campaigns with MSU Police and other campus groups.
3. Enhance and promote the MSU Bikes website.
4. Continue sponsoring bicycle maintenance educational sessions.
5. Continue to conduct campus rides to increase bicycle awareness.
6. Analyze results of the parking permit test concerning campus policies.
Establish ongoing strategies promoting bicycling for faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
1. Create and communicate incentives promoting bicycle commuting for faculty and staff through Human Resources and MSU Police.
2. Identify, map, and promote secure storage and showering/locker facilities.
3. Develop an annual fall bicycle event to promote bicycle registration, appropriate use, and safety.
4. Create engaging community outreach events centered on bicycling.
5. Execute a campus version of the International Car-free City Day.
Clarify and reinforce observance of university ordinances, policies, rules, and regulations related to bicycle use on campus.
1. Clarify nomenclature of bicycle facilities and revised ordinances as needed.
2. Work with MSU Police to increase enforcement of traffic rules and to identify areas of repeat safety violations.
3. Monitor and adapt the bicycle impoundment practices as required.
4. Strengthen university bicycle registration efforts.
5. Encourage bicyclists to report all collisions to MSU Police.
3.5 EVALUATION & PLANNING
Monitor progress on recommendations, working through existing protocols and standing committees.
1. Annually evaluate the progress on recommendations.
2. Update the bicycle plan every five years as part of the Campus Master Plan update cycle.
3. Work through AUTTC (All University Traffic and Transportation Committee) to draft position memoranda identifying bicycle system enhancements relative to new construction projects that not only benefit the project but the larger campus community as well.
4. Continually assess existing and new recommendations through activity of the MSU Bikes Committee and AUTTC.
5. Work with the Bike Collaborative initiative and other ad-hoc groups supporting bicycling.
Encourage bicycle use to reduce scope 3 emissions related to vehicular circulation, especially single occupant motor vehicle operations.
1. Incentivize bicycle use and other alternative modalities.
2. Incorporate scope 3 emission savings into bicycle promotional advocacy.
3. Continue the partnership between IPF, REHS and ASMSU to expand the existing bicycle share program.
4. Continue to promote and strengthen CATA’s Clean Commute program and its Emergency Ride Home (ERH) voucher incentive.
Reduce university costs associated with building and maintaining a robust vehicular circulation system by increasing bicycle use as a core modality for students, faculty, and staff.
1. Encourage and incentivize faculty and staff bicycle use as a means of commuting to, and moving around, campus.
2. Invest in secure and weather-protected parking facilities at strategic campus locations.
A number of MSU departments provide bike-related services to their staff to encourage them to ride bikes more often for a host of reasons that are well known. This blog article illustrates some of those bikes at work around campus. The following are additional services & amenities that have been installed and/or purchased by departments. Consider asking your department administration about providing something similar to improve the bike-friendliness of your department. Our departmental fleet services are described on this page of our website.
One of the newest department facilities on campus, this secured bike storage facility offers space for approx. 40 bikes under cover and behind fencing that is card-access controlled. It also features a security camera to monitor access. The Cyclotron has also had a traditional key-access bike locker on their premises for a number of years that’s been available to 2 bicyclists at any given time. A video tour of the facility can be seen here. Questions about this facility can be sent to Tim Potter. Here are some photos of the facilities:
One of the newest research buildings on campus, the four-story, 130,000-square-foot Bioengineering Facility, features a nice secure MSU ID card-accessible bike parking facility on the exterior for area staff to use. While it doesn’t feature a roof over the parking this is certainly a much improved amenity for staff in the buildings in this area who are concerned about the security of their bikes while at work. This facility will be opening soon. It is located between the Life Science and the Clinical Center buildings in the South Academic District. Questions about this facility can be sent to Tim Potter. Here are some photos of it as of taken this past summer:
Employees of this large department have had the use of a growing fleet of bikes for decades. Oftentimes trips to buildings on campus to check into maintenance issues can be easily done by bicycle to minimize costs to the department and provide options for staff to get some exercise and fresh air during their work day. On the nicer days of the year it’s not uncommon for the 30 bike fleet (as of 10/18/16) to be in use. Jeff Groll, the bike fleet manager for IPF, reports that of the 30 bikes in the fleet 6 are available for checkout by any IPF staff and the rest are assigned to individual employees. Some of those assigned bikes even feature electric-assist systems to make the bike trips even less of a physical challenge as well as extending the possibilities of trips that can be done by bike. Questions about the IPF bike fleet can be sent to Jeff here. This IPF article (Aug. 2014) features the story of Gus Gosselin, who championed bike use within IPF for many years for additional background information.
Additionally, IPF has provided access to a bike locker for employees at the Simon Powerplant for a number of years. Staff at this facility found the work environment inside to not be conducive for storing bikes inside, so the locker has helped provide an great alternative for some of their regular bike commuters with nicer bikes. Some pics of that locker below:
Many people may not realize how much MSU departments and their staff use bikes to help make their work on & around campus more enjoyable, efficient and green.
In recent years MSU Bikes, Surplus and Recycling have all been utilizing bikes with large trailers to do even more work on campus that previously thought possible. Their medium length Bikes at Work trailers allow them to haul up to 300- 600 lbs of cargo and with the help of electric-assist bikes staff don’t need super-human bicycling strength to haul those kinds of loads.
Here’s a photo gallery of Cayden Bunnell (formerly of Surplus & Recycling) at work w/ the rig on a nice fall day on campus (2015):
This video highlights the work by one of the Surplus/ Recycling staff who was the inaugural bike-trailer worker bee to start regular rounds collecting compost material and delivering recycling related supplies.
MSU Bikes has used the same type of trailer to haul its recycling materials, signage in parades and other special events, mobile bike repair clinic equipment and many other purposes. Some photos below show you the variety of cargo we’ve hauled over the years.
This past summer the Bailey Greenhouse and Urban Farm students (part of the MSU RISE Program) began making pedal-powered deliveries of their vegetables around campus with a little help from MSU Surplus/ MSU Bikes. This video shows their delivery bike-trailer in action.
For over three decades the Infrastructure Planning and Facilities department has had the largest fleets of work bikes on campus (23 in Aug. 2014) which are heavily utilized throughout the year for work trips that don’t require a full-sized motor vehicle. Gus Gosselin, former Director of Building Services and current Senior Engineer with IPF and co-founder of the MSU Bike Project (which was the forerunner to the current MSU Bikes Service Center), was instrumental in building up that fleet and helping the modest bike get the respect it deserves alongside other wheeled transportation options for IPF workers. He’s been riding his bike to meetings, lunches and other work trips around campus for many years carrying his helmet into meetings to strategically let others know that he rode a bike. (This article gives more background on this history of bicycling within IPF).
There are other departments that also heavily utilize bicycles to help them with their daily work on campus. A couple dozen lease their bikes from MSU Bikes’ utilizing our fleet services for their staff use throughout the work day. The MSU Police Dept.’s Bicycle Unit has the next sizable fleet of bikes which help their team of bike patrol officers with a host of work from Community policing, routine traffic enforcement and other types of enforcement where a bicycle provides unique benefits (they’re quiet, fast and can go places motor vehicles can’t go).
MSU Bikes has been “Helping people discover the joys of bicycling!” for over 10 years now on campus and I’ve been in the trenches here all those years. If I were asked what three things would make your bike riding way more fun and easy here’s my list:
1. Raise your seat:
After 10 years of seeing thousands of bicyclists in our shop and out on the campus roads and paths I guestimate that over ¾ of those I see are riding with their seats anywhere from 2-6 inches too low. I’m guessing many riders stopped riding when they started drivers’ education training and then brought their bikes from home that used to (maybe) fit them when they were 14 without making any changes to the fit.
Your bike is many things but is certainly not designed to be nor should it be sized to function as a chair. It is a great healthy, non-motorized transportation tool and when adjusted right should feel wonderful to ride when seated. If you’re feeling the need to stand often that’s another way your body is telling you to raise your seat.
Rule of thumb:
If you can reach the ground easily from the seat at a stop your seat is about 3-5 in. too low. If you can touch the ground flat-footed, then raise your seat 4-6 inches or better yet get a larger bike.
When you do come to a stop simply get off the seat and stand over the frame. If you consider that you’re spending 90%+ of your time in the seat pedaling and not stopped, it’s pretty logical that the seat to pedal distance should be the right distance for your legs to do their job efficiently. Exception: BMX/ urban stunt or down-hill bikes that are designed to have seats extremely low to be able to do tricks or other special types of riding; these bikes aren’t designed for traveling distances, so riders typically have to stand all the time if they’re trying to go more than a mile or so.
Your seat is attached to your bike via the seat post; it’s only so long and can only be safely raised so high. Most of them are marked with some lines that say “Minimum insertion” or something obscure; that means “Don’t raise it any higher than this point if you don’t want to damage your bike or your body.” We do sell longer seat posts for pretty cheap that can help get your seat up high enough if your seat post happens to be too short.
2. Inflate your Tires:
We’ve replaced thousands of punctured tubes at MSU Bikes, sometimes more than 30 a day during a busy fay. Most customers want to know what caused their flat, so we’ve built up a wealth of knowledge based on all that CSI work that we charge for: the main reason, by far? Very soft tires are the root cause of punctured tubes or flats. It’s called a “pinch flat”. Basically, there’s not enough air in the tire to protect the tube from the road, so when you hit a bump, pothole, etc. the force of the impact causes two instant cuts in the tube by the edges of the rim. Or the tube is so low of air that it starts slipping with the tire around the wheel until it cuts itself at the air valve.
Rule of Thumb:
If you simply inflate your tires every 2-3 weeks (certainly monthly) at one of many FREE public air stations around campus you’ll prevent this most common type of flat. This map shows you where all those DIY air stations are located on campus. Additionally, your bike will ride MUCH easier and with less effort when your tires are inflated to the proper pressure (written on the sidewall of every tire made; for mountain bike tires that give a range [typically 45- 60 psi], use the lower pressure during the winter months or riding on the trails for better traction).
When inflating very low or flat tires go slowly and stop and inspect occasionally; some tires fit very loosely and can blow off the rim with a loud “boom!”. Pressurized hoses like outside MSU Bikes or gas stations can inflate quickly so take it slow!
3. Oil Your Chain:
You know the sound, the screeching high-pitch squeaking of a rusty chain going down the road/ path. Those chains are crying for oil, your bike’s next-best friend to air in the tubes. A small bottle of chain oil from a bike shop like MSU Bikes will last you most of your 4 yrs. at MSU and also come in very handy if your key won’t turn in your lock very well before you snap your key off by forcing it. Your chain and other components will last longer if properly oiled and your ride will be much more enjoyable not to mention those around you who will thank you for not screeching!
Rule of Thumb:
Oil your chain when you re-inflate your tires or right after riding in the rain. A little bit goes a long way, so don’t overdo it or you’ll have a big mess everywhere. Wipe down the chain after oiling it to keep it cleaner and from becoming a big ugly mess.
We recommend NOT using a spray-can type of oil as you can get overspray on other parts of your bike (like your brakes) that will cause serious safety problems.
If you’re not sure about any of this just stop by MSU Bikes and one of our staff would be happy to answer any questions about fit, help you find the recommended air pressure, or how to oil your chain.
Greater Lansing/ MSU/ E. Lansing Ride of Silence
May 18, 5:30 pm ~9 pm
MSU Bikes once again hosted the Ride of Silence on the campus for the Greater Lansing area. Approx. 200 people joined in this very significant event that honored/ remembered bicyclists who’ve been seriously injured or killed in crashes with motor vehicles. The evening wrapped up with an after-party at the Midtown Brewing Co. with great entertainment provided by The Fabulous Heftones. We celebrated all the hard work area advocates are doing to improve things in the area to make it safer for cycling. The TCBA Advocacy group is one such group that has monthly meetings open to the public and needs more people concerned about improving our roads. The Facebook event page for the ride has many photos available for your viewing pleasure. There is also a Facebook page for the Greater Lansing Ride of Silence that you might want to plug into to stay abreast.
MSU’s Bike Friendly America Conference
May 19, 8 – 4 pm
This first-year event saw 56 people in attendance for a full day of learning about how to encourage their university, business or community to become more bike friendly. It featured many inspirational speeches and presentations and wrapped up with the Tour de MSU, a ride around the MSU campus and neighboring communities, to experience what’s happening on the streets in our area.
A few photos from the event are below.
Twenty-six dedicated campus bicyclists got together on May 20, 2016, at the Brody Cafeteria to celebrate National Bike to Work/ Campus Day with a breakfast and were inspired by our guest speakers, Steve Clark, Bike Friendly Community Coach for the League of American Bicyclists, and Steve Sanders, Bicycle Coordinator for the Univ. of MN – Minneapolis, a Platinum Bike Friendly University.
Some photos from the event below:
Join your fellow campus bicyclists on Friday, May 20 – 7:30 – 9:30 am at the Brody Cafeteria (large group room) to celebrate National Bike to Work/ Campus Day with a breakfast and get inspired by our guest speakers, Steve Clark, Bike Friendly Community Coach for the League of American Bicyclists, and Steve Sanders, Bicycle Coordinator for the Univ. of MN – Minneapolis, a Platinum Bike Friendly University.
Our guest speakers will be on campus for our Bike Friendly America Conference happening the day before; please consider registering for that too!
Click here to RSVP for the breakfast; limited to the first 50 to sign-up.
Valet Bike Parking will be provided outside the main SE entrance to Brody Hall. Looking for a couple volunteers to help watch the bikes during the breakfast (volunteers will get breakfast!).
Contact Tim Potter if you have any questions about the event or would like to volunteer to help with the VBP service.
Come celebrate our 10th year of operations with the crew of MSU Bikes and a bunch of new safety/ access improvements to the entry to our Center!
Light refreshments will be served on the newly rebuilt deck outside the Center, another reason to celebrate!
Plenty of bike parking is available outside our Center! Sorry we have no visitor car parking available.
If we have rain we’ll have our reception inside the Center.
Please RSVP via our Facebook event page here.
For more information about all the renovations done to the Center this past year check this blog post and photo gallery.
Enjoy a walk down memory lane with MSU Bikes here (Facebook photo gallery).
This first-year event on May 19, 2016, saw 56 people attend for a full day of learning about how to encourage their university, business or community to become more bike friendly. It featured many inspirational speeches and presentations and wrapped up with the Tour de MSU, a ride around the MSU campus and neighboring communities, to experience what’s happening on the streets in our area.
Presentations on the video & their start location:
Mark Meadows, Mayor of E. Lansing: 1:27
Dan Bollman, Assoc. VP of IPF: 3:45
Lou Anna Simon, MSU President: 6:27
Steve Clark, Bike Friendly Community Specialist, League of American Bicyclists: 7:45
Gus Gosselin, Mechanical Engr, IPF: 49:11
Tim Potter, Sustainable Transportation Mgr.: 57:27
Steve Clark 1:13:54
Steve Sanders, Alternative Transportation Manager, U of MN: 1:29:40
Here’s a shorter highlights video of the event.
A few photos from the event are below.
Sorry, but registration is now closed. Call (517) 334-9100 to manually register. If you’re interested in sponsoring the conference please refer to this page of information.
Last November, Michigan State University was recognized as a Silver level Bicycle Friendly University. MSU joins an elite group of 28 other Silver level and 126 other BFUs who have received recognition from the League of American Bicyclists ranging from Bronze to Platinum.
In order to assist other universities, their surrounding communities and businesses to be recognized as bicycle friendly or to achieve the next step in the Bicycle Friendly Program, Michigan State University will host a “Bicycle Friendly America” conference on Thursday, May 19th, 2016 at the Kellogg Center on our beautiful campus. The conference will include general sessions as well as break-out sessions to present information specific to Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly University, as well as Bicycle Friendly Business.
We will have presenters from the League of American Bicyclists, the League of Michigan Bicyclists, the State of Michigan, other universities (including a Platinum level one), as well as Michigan State University, local communities and businesses.
Join us for a day of interaction to help make our campuses, communities, and businesses more bicycle friendly thus safer for all of us alike!
Early bird registration is $100 and has been extended thru April 15; after midnight April 15 the fee will be $120.
Registration closed midnight on May 15. Sorry, no on-site registration
With technical & logistical support from the League of Michigan Bicyclists.
Questions? Gggossel@ipf.msu.edu or 517-432-0501
This new bike-commuter benefit just in from Joe Fedewa, CATA’s Clean Commute manager:
If you have a long-distance bicycle commute at least 3 days a week, you may be eligible! The CATA Clean Commute Options’ Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program now gives you the confidence to commute by bike and still get home in an emergency.
It’s FREE and EASY to get started. Click here to apply for ERH service now! If qualified for the ERH program, you will receive a pair of vouchers every 6 months. If your bicycle breaks down, you get caught in a storm, or any other unplanned circumstance in which you cannot commute home by bike, simply redeem a voucher for a rental car pickup at your workplace or at the nearest Enterprise Rent-A-Car location and get home safely. (The step-by-step directions for use are written on the vouchers themselves)
To participate in the Emergency Ride Home program, you must be actively commuting via bicycle at least 3 days a week. Vouchers may only be redeemed on these days. The program is intended for commuters traveling into the region from an area well beyond any CATA fixed-route bus service. ERH applications will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis.
It’s an exciting time for 49 universities and colleges around the country who are new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities including MSU which moved up to a silver level award! We’re now one of 28 silver-level BFUs!
This new list of BFUs represents a tremendous amount of work by hundreds if not thousands of people in these universities not to mention the monetary investments too in the effort to make campuses more bike friendly and educate the next generation on safe bicycling habits.
Interested in helping MSU go for Platinum? Get involved with the MSU Bike Advisory Committee.