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Biking at IUPUI

August 25, 2015

Faculty, staff and students who want to take advantage of the health and financial benefits of two-wheel transportation can take a spin through two campus websites for things bicycle-related at IUPUI.

For the latest information about places to park, safety and long-term changes in traffic flow and registration, check out Bike IUPUI, from Parking and Transportation Services, and the Office of Sustainability site, which focuses on the new Indoor Bicycle Parking facility underneath Hine Hall.
Biking path

A new bicycle lane runs parallel to New York Street and will enhance safety for riders since it is beside, not on, the street. It is part of the street conversion project for New York Street and eventually Michigan Street.

Both offer insights into bicycle safety, particularly on the hectic first days of class when there is a risk of accidents between bike riders and automobile drivers. Bike IUPUI includes information about registration (free for those who register their cars, or a nominal fee if seeking a bike-only permit). The site also offers safety tips, information about the Pacers BikeShare system, plus links to the Sustainability site.

Bike IUPUI also has a link to the new campus cycling policy that then-Chancellor Charles R. Bantz approved in June. Full enforcement of the policy will begin in January 2016.

Sustainability’s site has tips on registering for the indoor facility, steps for riders who find themselves locked out of the Hine Hall site, practical tips on IUPUI’s bicycle maintenance stations, maps to outdoor bike rack locations, and more.

“We’ve already had several people sign up, and I’m anticipating more registrations as the weather gets a little cooler and people start thinking about the advantages of storing their bikes indoors,” said Sustainability Director Jessica Davis.

The maintenance stations are located near the Campus Center, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs breezeway on the south end of the building, and the east side of Hine Hall.

The street conversion project on New York Street (and eventually Michigan Street) will mean major changes for both two- and four-wheel vehicles. A median is being installed in of New York, and two lanes each established for eastbound and westbound cars.

The bicycle lane has been moved off New York Street, according to Jay Joyce, the assistant director of transportation for Parking Services, and installed under the trees on the north side of the street from the White River to Blackford Street. It will be equipped with solar lighting for evening riding safety. At Blackford, bikers will cross to the existing bike lane, which runs to West Street.

For those who wish to ride without investing in a bicycle, the Pacers Bikeshare program has two campus stations, one at Michigan and Blackford streets and the other at the Campus Center. A third station is located at Michigan and Senate streets near the Central Canal. Bikeshare offers short-term riding opportunities without having to worry about parking or storage. IUPUI Jagtag also offers a Pacers Bikeshare discount for an annual account. 

The IU Police Department is alerting riders to potential concerns over bicycle theft. Department spokesmen recommend that they invest in a strong lock to secure their bikes and chains to racks across the campus.

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