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Bicycle Committee (BIIC)

April 3, 2011 | 14 Comments

Bicycle Infrastructure Improvement Committee (BIIC)

The BIIC was formed in late 2010 by SGA, to bring together graduate and undergraduate students with staff members of the Georgia Tech offices of Capital Planning and Space Management, Parking and Transportation, Facilities, etc. Together they are tasked with improving bicycle infrastructure on campus through the evaluation of existing facilities, the creation of events and programs, securing funding for facility improvements, and other related endeavors. They represent a commitment of students and staff to sustainability, mobility, safety, healthy living, and a choice of travel modes.

Mission

The purpose of the BIIC is to improving the quality of bicycle infrastructure for the Georgia Tech community so that it is safer and easier to bike for pleasure, health and commute, by:

  • Creating a Campus Bicycle Master Plan
  • Recommending yearly project priorities
  • Identifying and pursuing a diversity of funding sources
  • Coordinating bicycle education and outreach campaigns
  • Promoting interdepartmental coordination for improvement

    Bicycle Infrastructure Improvement Committee (BIIC) 2014 Members

  • Administrators:
    • Howard Wertheimer, Director, Capital Planning and Space Management
    • David Williamson, Associate Director, Transportation, Parking and Transportation
    • Lisa Safstrom, Transportation Planner, Parking and Transportation
    • Hyacinth Ide, Facilities Operations & Maintenance
    • Jay Jenkins, Construction Project Manager, Auxiliary Services

    Students:

    • Mariam Asad, Committee Chair (G)
    • Johann Weber, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (G)
    • Michael Tennenbaum, Starter Bikes (G)
    • Katelyn DiGioia, (U)
    • Jonathan DiGioia, (G)
    • Malin Dartnell, (U)
    • Ahsan Khan, ORGT (U)
    • Alex Levit, (U)

    Faculty:

    • Michael Hoffman, Public Policy
    • Michael Elliott, City and Regional Planning

    Staff:

    • Preston Moss, Campus Police
    • Aleece Foxx, Manager of General Safety, Environmental Health and Safety
    • James Dark, General Safety Specialist, Environmental Health and Safety
    • Anne Rogers, Sustainability Project Manager
    • Anne Boykins-Smith, Capital Planning and Space Management

 

14 people are talking about “Bicycle Committee (BIIC)

  1. The intersection of 4th and Fowler is extremely dangerous for cyclists. I’ve had several near misses there. It is a T-junction, and cars that are turning onto 4th from Fowler expect it to be a three-way stop when it is only a one way stop. So, cyclists coming at speed down the hill are at risk of a driver pulling out in front of them. The problem is compounded by drivers pulling out of Peter’s Parking and trying to immediatley turn onto Fowler, they are often not looking for cyclists. The problem might be helped by adding signage at the intersection, so that drivers entering 4th from Fowler pay more attention, and removing the parallel parking spot on 4th street closest to the northwest corner of the intersection for greatest visibility.

  2. Hi, as a biker, even though you’ve already implemented many new bike rakes, I’m still noticing a couple of areas that are lacking, or are lacking proper bike racks. Here are those spots that I find difficult to lock up my bike:

    – North Ave Dining Hall (Housing has put a notice up not to lock up on the stairs, but there’s only room for 8 bikes and it’s full almost always)
    – front lawn of MRDC
    – CULC (still…even after adding those few extra racks)
    – Student Center bottom floor by the Campanile (this “bike rack” is a police barricade and frequently students are found locking their bikes to the staircase nearby)
    – Howey Physics
    – DM Smith

    I also have a few suggestions for where to add the new bike racks and would like to send some pictures over of these spots.

    Thanks for adding bike lane markers too. Overall, I think you’ve all done a great job and are heading in the right direction.

  3. Some universities have adopted policies encouraging the inclusion of shower facilities in new building construction. Note that this does not need to be extensive, rather two shower stalls for the entire building is a good start. Some campus buildings have this (e.g., Coon Building) and I do think that this encourages people to consider biking, especially given the hot GA summers. Of course it is possible to use the CRC but this adds a fairly large chunk of time to the commute process.

    • For that reason, showers in buildings have been added to the LEED standard of environmentally friendly design. So, putting showers for commuters in new buildings gives that building more points towards a better certification. This is great because Tech is working hard on its eco-image so all new buildings on campus are LEED certified and generally have showers (CULC, Klaus, Management, Nanotech,etc. ).

  4. BIIC,

    I have a suggestion. Since bike theft on campus is a concern to most of bike owners, it would be good if bike racks are inside buildings, instead of outside. I am an AE major, and would like to bike to my department, but leaving the bike in the outside rack is a big risk. Can buildings incorporate the bike racks to their interior. For example in the AE department, all doors are buzzcard activated, so only students have access, thus increasing the level of security. Many of the AE students that own nicer bikes have to take them inside the building into their labs, and labs are not that big, nor the right place for bikes either. Regards, Juan

    • Thanks for the feedback! we’re actually working on covered parking right now, and are looking at what systems might be feasible, costs associated, etc. We’d like to keep bikes outside of class/office/work spaces, and provide secure locations for people to store their bikes, so the aim is to find something we can make work at Tech.

    • Well, I just had the better of my two bikes stolen while chained outside a building that could hold many bike racks or wall hangers inside. So, it’s possible to do. I could have brought that bike into my office or lab, but over time that will make a mess: tire scuffs on walls, wet tracks on rainy days, etc. So…maybe enclosed bike storage garages or “appendages” to existing buildings would be a nice way to go. Then get rid of all the unsightly outdoor bike racks.

  5. Bike Committee

    In traffic planning for this campus only one group seems to be overlooked, the pedestrians. But actually, most students and faculty, as opposed to staff and administration, are pedestrians as we move around the campus.

    Over the years, our campus has definitely become less pedestrian friendly particularly as it has evolved from the traditional system of streets and sidewalks to the current system of multiple use by-ways or paths.

    It is difficult and increasingly dangerous for pedestrians to negotiate the multiple use by-ways that are also used more and more by bikes, motorized bikes, motorcycles, motorized carts, institute owned vehicles, vendor owned vehicles, and personal vehicles.

    The state law on vehicle use seems straightforward. Bikes are vehicles and belong on the streets to allow pedestrians to have reasonably unendangered use of the sidewalks (especially) and the walkways. It is no real burden to ask the bicyclist to walk his bike when using the sidewalk. This is only what a driver must do to travel from a parking lot to his or her workplace or classroom.

    Tech should provide a safe space for education and a safe workplace. There certainly should be enforceable rules all traffic including bikes and carts. Most other universities have such rules. See http://adminguide.stanford.edu/28_8.pdf on carts and http://transportation.stanford.edu/pdf/bicycle-safety.pdf about bicycles.

    A good starting point would be (1) No biking should be allowed on sidewalks adjacent to streets (This is already the GA state law and for another example the CA state law. The street is right there for all vehicles and sidewalks are too narrow for bikes to pass pedestrians safely.), (2) On shared pathways, bikes and other vehicles must be operated no faster than a brisk (some universities require “slow”) walking speed, maybe 6 MPH. (Otherwise use the street for speed biking and for fast carts and other vehicles.) (3) Pedestrians cannot physically avoid a fast moving bike or other vehicle especially when overtaken from behind, so pedestrians should have an unrestricted right of way on paths and sidewalks, and vehicle and bike operators should assume liability for accidents and injuries. (4) All motorized cart operators must receive safety training before using such vehicles on campus, and I suggest that all institute owned carts should emit warning beeps when exceeding the 6 MPH (or other) speed limit. (5) The institute should strive to make shared pathways safer and eliminate blind corners where speeding bicyclists are special dangers.

    Good luck to your committee. I definitely think that Georgia Tech should start enforcing the state traffic laws concerning bicycling and move toward bicycle and cart safety rules that meet the usual standards in higher education and industry.

    • We definitely appreciate your points, and making sure that bicyclists respect the right-of-way of pedestrians is an important component of cyclist education for those riding on campus. We’d like to make the roads on campus safer and more comfortable for cyclists so that they’ll favor them over pedestrian-heavy sidewalks/paths, and reduce the chance of conflicts between bicycles and pedestrians. That said, many of the paths through campus were intended for bicyclists as well, though they should definitely regulate their speeds, and so we don’t want to completely remove bicycles from the interior of campus. What we’re working on currently is a map of all paths, roads, and sidewalks, with color-coded markings that note where cyclists can ride, as well as how they should ride in those areas. Hopefully this will help as well!

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