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Bike Month Events @ MSU

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May was National Bike Month and there were a bunch of events that happened on or near campus to celebrate & encourage bicycling, improve bike safety, spread bike friendliness around the Midwest and have some fun along the way.

 


  • Our lead vehicle, courtesy of Go Green Trikes!

    Our lead vehicle, courtesy of Go Green Trikes! http://www.gogreentrikes.com

    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.

 


  • Highlight photo from the Tour de MSU

    Highlight photo from the Tour de MSU ride around campus that wrapped up the Bike Friendly America Conference @ MSU, 2016

    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.

    Some of those speeches and presentations are captured on this video.
    Here’s a shorter highlights video of the event.  Additional articles regarding the event were published here and here.

    A few photos from the event are below.


    We’re looking forward to possibly doing a similar conference next year.  Stay tuned!

 


  • Annual Bike to Work/ Campus Day Breakfast
    May 20 – 7:30 – 9:30 am
    Twenty-six dedicated campus bicyclists got together 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:

 


  • Poster for 2nd Annual Greater Lansing Bike Movie Night event2nd Annual Greater Lansing Bike Movie Night
    May 20 – 7 – 11 pm
    Well over 100 people came out for an evening of 25 great short bike movies courtesy of the Tri-County Bike Association & their Advocacy Committee and other area sponsors.  Once again, thanks to the Kalamazoo Bike Film Festival organizers this series of shorts proved to be a blast and delivered many moments of the joys of bicycling of the entire spectrum of pedaling and human-powered machines!

 

 

 

 


Near Campus & Other Events – Activities

 

 


  •  Lansing Bike Party - April 2016 ride to Old TownLansing Bike Party weekly social, slow rides
    Every Friday evening, starting near campus (Peanut Barrel & The Avenue, Lansing), these are a great way to meet new friends and discover the hidden gems of the Greater Lansing area.

 

 


 

 

 


  • National Bike Challenge graphicNational Bike Challenge
    May 1 – Sept. 30, 2016
    Join in this national challenge to win prizes and bragging rights! MSU has a team (of sorts) who have done very well within the Big 10 over the past few years.  Join in the fun and jump on the MSU peloton!

MSU Annual Bike to Work/ Campus Day Breakfast

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:

 

 


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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.

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Click here to visit the conference website and register.

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.

MSU Bikes 10th Anniversary & Renovations Open House

Many thanks to those of you who came to the event and celebrated this past decade of spreading bike love on campus with us!   Here’s a video of the speeches given during the event.

 

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newly expanded and updated porch of the MSU Bikes Service Center

The newly expanded and updated porch of the MSU Bikes Service Center as of this spring (2016). You can see the new glass doors with electric-assist opener, new wider porch area for displaying bikes out of the way of visitors, safety railings and the newly rebuilt Red Cedar Yacht Club deck in the background.

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).

MSU’s Bike Friendly America Conference

Highlight photo from the Tour de MSU

Highlight photo from the Tour de MSU ride around campus that wrapped up the Bike Friendly America Conference @ MSU, 2016

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.

Some of those speeches and presentations are captured on this video.  Additional articles regarding the event were published here and here.

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
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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.


We’re looking forward to possibly doing a similar conference next year. Stay tuned!

 


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Click here to visit the conference website and register.

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.

The League's Silver level award seal.

The League’s Silver level award seal.

Who Should Attend?

  • Working for a business that is interested in becoming more Bike Friendly?  A spokesman for Steelcase will be sharing their rationale for pursuing the BFB award.

  • Inside city government and wondering how to move towards becoming more bike friendly?  Learn how Lansing, MI, a typical Midwest city is able to install a surprising amount of bike-friendly facilities every year.  A representative from Grand Rapids will also be presenting their story of how improving their city for bicycling has helped spur regional development.

  • Come learn more about the secrets of reaching Platinum Bike Friendly Univ. status from U-Minnesota-Minneapolis’ bike coordinator.

  • Want to know how being bike friendly means potentially hundreds millions of $$ for your state at many levels?  Listen to Michigan’s Bike Coordinator present the findings of a state-wide report showing how bicycling brings well over $600 mil. annually to the state.

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!

Registration is Open!  Click here to register.

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

**Sponsors & Vendors click here for our sponsorship opportunities

 



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MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities: http://ipf.msu.edu/
MSU Bike Advisory Committee – https://msubikes.wordpress.com/msu-bac/
MSU Bikes Service Center – www.bikes.msu.edu

With technical & logistical support from the League of Michigan Bicyclists.

Questions?  Gggossel@ipf.msu.edu or 517-432-0501

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CATA Emergency Ride Home Extended to Bicyclists

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.
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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.

MSU Moves up to Silver Bike Friendly University Award Status!

The League's Silver level award seal.

The League’s Silver level award seal. Click to view the MSU press release.

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.

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The finished new porch staircase (as of 8/24/15)

Read MSU’s press release from Nov. 6, 2015 here.

Read the League’s full press release here which links to award information on all of the awardees.

Interested in helping MSU go for Platinum? Get involved with the MSU Bike Advisory Committee.

Lunchtime Rides Around Campus

Riding along Farm Ln., spring 2015 during Tour de MSU

Riding along Farm Ln., spring 2015 during Tour de MSU

Looking for something fun and a little different to do over one lunch hour a month?  Join some of your fellow campus bicyclists and take a slow, leisurely ride around MSU for fresh air, discover new things about campus, enjoy some conversation, etc.

We’ll meet up outside the MSU Bikes Service Center at noon on the last Wednesday of the month and ride for about an hour finishing up back at MSU Bikes.  Rides will feature several stops/ breaks, have a leader and sweeper (someone riding at the rear to help w/ anyone who might need assistance) and will cover anywhere from 3-10 miles at the most depending on the leader and route selected for the month.  Any bike type should be fine and air and mechanical assistance will be available at the start at MSU Bikes.

Brighter clothing, helmets, lights encouraged.  We’ll be following all rules of the road and the campus ordinances, so we won’t be riding on sidewalks, but will use the paths marked for bicycling.

Tim chatting about the Tour de MSU ride

Tim chatting about the Tour de MSU ride at the Sparty statue. The lunch time rides concept was birthed by this first successful organized ride around campus the spring of 2015.

If it’s pouring we’ll cancel the ride. If it’s light drizzle we’ll ride, Seattle/ Portland style!

We’ll continue riding throughout the year, so you’ll have the opportunity to learn about cold weather riding too by actually doing it!

Looking forward to riding with you!

The MSU Bikes Service Center's new exterior

The MSU Bikes Service Center’s new exterior – meet-up here.

Bike Friendly Improvements to Campus this Summer (2015)

Those of you just returning to campus will be pleasantly surprised to find some significant improvements to our campus making it more bike friendly.

There are several areas that have had new bike parking facilities added including some new and much improved bike parking racks as you’ll see in the slideshow below.  These racks, called Varsity Docks by Park a Bike, help keep bikes upright (by preventing the wheel from rolling), feature a more intuitive design for proper locking of bikes and has padding where the rack contacts a bike to prevent damage to bikes.  They are more expensive and don’t easily allow for locking up more bikes than they’re designed for (like the common U-loop style rack we’ve got all over campus) but it’s hoped fewer bikes will fall to the ground (which leads to abandonment oftentimes) and reduces theft due to improper locking.

Additional improvements to the bike parking situation on campus:  83 new U-loop style racks in front of E. Akers Hall to replace old-school style racks, 23 new U-loop style racks in front of E. Akers Hall, 48 new U-loop style racks to the West side of the front of W. Akers Hall, 16 new U-loop style racks in front of W. Akers Hall, an expanded cement pad on the East side of Holden Hall for more moped parking to reduce conflict at the bike racks and to allow for more bike parking loops in the future.

Other bike-friendly improvements:

  • Chestnut Rd. is now another “Complete Street” on campus from North to South (from Trowbridge near the IPF Hqrs. to Kalamazoo St.) with safe accommodations for all road users including bike lanes.
  • Resurfaced and redone bike lanes on Farm Ln. north of the bridge to the Auditorium Rd. intersection.
  • Reinstalled many bike lane symbols around campus that had become worn-off from snow plows, etc.

Our New Improved Entryway and Extended Patio – Now Open!

The finished new porch (as of 8/24/15)

The new porch (as of 8/24/15) ready for arrival of students, awaiting railings.

The finished porch of the Center

The finished porch of the Center with the new hand-rails, stairway and doors. In the background you can also see the newly renovated deck overlooking the river and Erickson Kiva across the river. (as of April 13, 2016)

Below is more information and a photo gallery of pics of the improvements made to the entryway and porch of the Center which started in August and wrapped up late in 2015.

Construction began Monday (Aug. 10) on our new entryway!  Sorry for not forewarning everyone.  The entrance will be safer to access for our customers, particularly those with mobility challenges.  There’ll be new railings and a completely new staircase off to the west side of the entrance rather than off the front as it has been.  This will allow us to display bikes outside without them obstructing access to the shop and the ramp leading up to the entrance.  We’re also getting a new electric-assist door unit to make it easier for our customers to get inside when their hands are full, etc.

Here is a slideshow of the construction, installation and finished new porch and entry way with electric assist door opener including the renovation of the deck:

Road riding survival tips, no. 2: The Door Prize You DON’T Want!

Toronto - Door prize campaign

Poster from Toronto’s 2005 Campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of dooring.  Click graphic for more info. on the campaign.

When riding in the road you’ll sometimes find yourself riding past parked cars (thankfully most of the on-street car parking on campus is now gone, but now and then you’ll pass a delivery vehicle or someone dropping off a friend, etc), and sometimes you’ll feel you need to ride close to them to avoid getting in the way of or slowing down motor vehicle traffic.  Well, there’s a very dangerous area near parked cars called the “Door zone” which is where many bicyclists have been seriously hurt or killed, either by the door itself or by getting knocked off their bikes and sent flying out into the travel lane.

Watch this new video that captures such a moment by a taxi’s dash-cam; fortunately for this bicyclist the taxi was able to stop before causing the bicyclist serious injury:

London taxi driver captures the moment he almost ran over a cyclist

London taxi driver captures the moment he almost ran over a cyclist who was trying to avoid a car door (click to view on Facebook; courtesy The Telegraph)

The door zone extends out a lot further than you might think and, unfortunately, a lot further than most road agencies even realize, so sometimes bike lanes will even be marked way too close to parked cars encouraging riding in the “door zone”.

Avoidance instructional video

Parking lot demonstration of why we avoid the door zone on a bicycle

This short video (courtesy of the League of American Bicyclists) is an excellent instructional which clearly shows where you should ride.

So, next time you’re going to pass a parked vehicle be sure you get over far enough in advance (after shoulder-checking for a gap in traffic) to avoid the “Door prize you don’t want”.

CANCELLED – Ride your bike to MSU Football games this fall!

Valet Bike Parking service

Example of the service operating during the 2013 Great Lakes Folks Festival.

Unfortunately, the Valet Bike Parking service for the fall 2015 season has been cancelled due to logistical issues with the service location.

We are already starting to work on planning for the 2016 season, so stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Thank you.

Tim
Sept. 10, 2015


 

Why fight traffic 2x each game and spend so much for parking and still have to walk so far!?  You can get the best parking on campus and park your bike right next to the stadium! MSU Athletics, MSU Healthy Campus Initiative, ASMSU, MSU Bikes, MSU Surplus/ MSU Recycling and several MSU student groups (Club Football, Underwater Hockey, Gospel Choir) are happy to announce that a valet bike parking service will be offered this fall during 5 of MSU’s daytime home football games (Airforce 9/19/15, CMU 9/26/15, Purdue-Homecoming 10/3/15, IU 10/24/15, Maryland 11/14/15; [NOT the 11/28 PSU game]).

Valet bike parking services have been successfully encouraging biking to large events in the Greater Lansing area since the National Folk Festival in the year 2000.  It helps encourage more people to ride their bikes instead of driving their cars and that helps make for happier event participants, fewer car parking headaches, and finally helps make events more “green”/ environmentally friendly.

Panoramic of the bikes ridden to the event parked outside the Midtown Brewing Co.

Panoramic of the bikes ridden to the Greater Lansing Bike Movie Festival 2015 parked outside the Midtown Brewing Co.

The service, much like a coat check service for bikes, will be very conveniently located in the turf arena of the IM West facility which sits right next to Spartan Stadium on the NW corner.  Parked bikes will be dry and warm after the game no matter what Mother Nature throws at us!  The service will be open and ready to park bikes for fans 2 hours prior to game times and 1 hour after games.  They’ll be watched by at least two staff at all times. Proceeds collected for the service will be used by the student clubs staffing it for their club expenses.

Thanks to the support and financial assistance of ASMSU MSU students showing their IDs will be able to park their bikes for free.  There will be a $5 fee to park bikes for non-students. Any questions about the service can be directed to the service coordinator, Tim Potter, at MSU Bikes, by calling 517-432-3414 or email:  pottert@msu.edu

Road riding survival tips, no. 1 – Mind the Gap!

So, perhaps you’re new to riding in the road and are now trying to stay off the sidewalks as much as possible like our campus ordinance and bike safety advocates want you to.  Great!  Well, there are a number of things to keep in mind, beware of, and not just cars, trucks and buses.

CAUTION! Pavement edge drop zone

CAUTION! Pavement edge drop zone

Here’s one of them to the right.  This is a pretty common road-side hazard that takes many forms.  It’s basically the edge of the road and that difference in height between the edge and the curb gutter pan cement (or dirt if you’re out in the country) can cause you to lose control and crash you as you try to regain control should your front wheel drop off that edge.  The same condition occurs at the edge of a off-road path or sidewalk and is often covered by grass making the hazard hard to notice until it’s too late.  This is one of the most common crash scenarios that we hear about in our shop. I hope this will serve as a visual reminder why you shouldn’t ride up close to the curb when riding in the roads.  And when riding on pathways or sidewalks (if you must) keep that nasty edge in mind when/ if you have to go off the edge to get around something/ someone. Survival Hint:  Pop a little wheelie when getting back on the road/ path/ sidewalk to avoid crashing. Not far from the above photo is this pothole in the bike lane (2nd photo to the right); could also be a dead animal or spare tire, or whatever.

Beware the bike lane pothole

Mind the Gap!  And beware bike lane potholes!

You need to be able to miss stuff like this without swerving into traffic, so it’s best to ride far enough out into the travel lane (particularly when using these very narrow bike lanes or paved shoulders) so that you have options to get around such things without swerving at the last second into traffic & risk getting hit. See this web page courtesy of the League of Michigan Bicyclists that lists all of the Michigan Laws Pertaining to Bicyclists including the right to ride in other areas of the road way to stay safe and get to where you need to go like any other legal road user.

Greater Lansing’s 1st Ever Bike Movie Night! – CONCLUDED (archived article)

Greater Lansing Bike Movie Night poster

Greater Lansing Bike Movie Night poster

MSU Bikes is excited to be teaming up with the Tri-County Bike Association and other supporters to have our first ever bike movie night on May 29th, 2015, the last Friday of National Bike Month.  The movies will be showed twice with the start of the first showing at 6 pm and the 2nd at 8 pm at the Midtown Brewing Company, one of Lansing’s finest brew pubs.  The movies will run twice so that if you’re late or helping out with the valet bike parking you won’t miss any of them!  No food or drink will be provided by the sponsors but MBC’s full menu will be available to order from.

The movies will be provided by the good folks of the Kalamazoo Bicycle Film Festival, an annual event that has been showing great bike movies since 2010.  It will be a show of 22 short movies spanning the entire spectrum of bicycling that you won’t want to miss!  The line-up of movies is listed on their website if you’re curious.


Check out our Facebook event for the show here.


A $5 donation is suggested in lieu of an admission fee.  Donations will be shared between some of our local community bike programs to be announced at the event. Supporters providing some assistance to make the event possible so far include:  TCBA, Go Green Trikes, the League of Michigan Bicyclists, the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council & the Curmudgeonly Cyclist.  Mid-MEAC will be providing their Valet Bike Parking equipment for the event and volunteers from our community bike programs will be helping run the VBP service.

Thanks to Allison McKenna of allielune designs (online portfolio: allielune.carbonmade.com) for doing the artwork for our event poster (& for the original Kalamazoo Bike Film Fest poster)!!

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