Since my post two weeks ago about bike parking at Lewis & Clark College I’ve had the chance to exchange a few emails with the school’s Director of Transportation and Parking, Mark Morgan.
Morgan shared the following new information about the bike parking situation and other bikey tidbits:
“The most recent inventory of bicycle parking capacity on the Lewis & Clark campus shows bicycle parking capacity for 586 bicycles. Last year we added 19 racks (for 38 bikes) on the south side of [the] Pamplin [building] and 6 racks (for 12 bikes) on the south side of Templeton. This month we added 10 racks to the Copeland dormitory area. The 6 new racks (for 12 bikes) that will be installed on the South Campus are additional to the ones mentioned above.
Also, we added rear bike racks to the shuttle buses plus rear view video cameras for the drivers to see the removal of bicycles from the rear of the buses without getting off and getting behind schedule. The TriMet #39 bus serving the campus has a bike rack on the front.”
Morgan also says that he and his staff are currently working on an aerial map that will show the locations of all the bike parking locations on campus.
For more on Morgan and Lewis & Clark, check out the article, “Success of alternative transportation program reveals commitment to sustainability,” which was (coincidentally) published last week.
Well, if we use the bridge traffic counts (up 21%) to estimate bike ridership increases and therefor parking demand: If they were full last year at 586 spaces, (which it sounds like they were cause they\’ve been adding like crazy,) then they needed to add 123 more spaces this year to keep up. They\’ve added 82 this year, so they need another 41 spaces or 21 racks.
This sounds like a wonderful problem to have…
Lewis and Clark College has plenty of money to pay for bike racks and storage, and I know that there is a lot there, though not mentioned by the college above.
A lot of bikes are stored in the basements and extra rooms in dorms and buildings.
What about Tri Met restoring the bike problems they have created downtown?
Now that is a story…
Amen to that. Tri-Met is pretty good about providing temporary parking on 5th and 6th to replace the spaces displaced by temporary bus stops. Have they been as proactive about replacing missing bike racks along 5th and 6th which are displaced by construction?
i bet there\’s empty racks on random parts of campus.
The owner of Backspace on 5th street between Couch, and Davis has told me multiple times that he keeps asking for bike racks with no action. I would say the answer for Matt Pico would be no they aren\’t doing anything about bike parking on 5th, and 6th streets. The sidewalk is huge on this particular block, and bikes are always locked to every random thing that people can find as there appears to be no actual bike parking.
I would think that Stacey and Witbeck/Kiewit Pacific would lobby TriMet to replace the bike parking that\’s been pulled out since, lacking any other vertical structure to which to lock a bike, people are locking them to the metal barricades surroundign the construction zones. Which drives them nuts! But there\’s nowhere else to park them!