transportation

New bicycle FIXIT stations installed on campus

Flat tires and squeaky brakes will be a thing of the past thanks to the recent installation of three bicycle FIXIT stations on campus. Each station provides a stand to secure a bike and tools necessary to make common bike repairs. A QR code on each station can also be scanned with a smartphone to provide detailed repair instructions. The stations, made in America by Dero, were funded through a Sustainable Action Fund large grant.

Located on the north side of the Wade King Student Recreation Center, the north side of Arntzen Hall, and the west side of Haggard Hall near the bus stop, the three FIXIT stations join an existing station outside of the Outdoor Center on the first floor of the Viking Union.

The FIXIT station project team consisted of former students Morgan Haskins (Philosophy, ‘15), Maxwell Evans (Philosophy, English Literature ’14), and project advisor Kay McMurren, Student Transportation Program Support Supervisor.

Evans, a former A.S. Alternative Transportation Coordinator, became inspired to apply for a SAF grant to improve bicycling at Western while traveling to other schools as a member of Western’s debate team.

“As a member of the debate team I had traveled to many Universities and had always noticed the bicycling programs many had,” Evans said. “I felt that with a large number of students & staff at Western already utilizing cycling as a mode of transportation, we should ensure the campus had adequate infrastructure when it came to bicycles.”

“The FIXIT stations were a clear choice; they are inexpensive, and provide ample support for most bicycle maintenance.”

Together with Haskins and McMurren, Evans researched the use and cost of the FIXIT stations, identified locations, and met with stakeholders to discuss details and obtain their support.

One of these stakeholders is Carol Berry, Sustainable Transportation Program Manager. Berry says that the FIXIT stations are a visible notice that bikes belong, and are supported, here.

“The FIXIT stations are located to be convenient for users, and the chosen locations will also work well for small repair demos,” Berry said. “I am excited about the FIXIT stations because having tools and a pump at several locations helps reduce the inconvenience of getting a flat, or needing an adjustment.”

The grant also hired Western senior Josh Kirsch to serve as a Campus Bicycle Educator for one year to educate and engage the campus community about bicycle self-repairs using the FIXIT stations and tools for demonstration.

Rachael Morris, Sustainable Transportation Program Assistant, will supervise the Campus Bicycle Educator student position and work with Kirsch to engage the campus community to increase the amount of bike trips to campus.

“The Campus Bicycle Educator will reach out to the campus community to promote biking and help facilitate bicycle maintenance at the FIXIT stations on campus,” Morris said. “(This position) can hopefully empower all students to learn how to maintain their bike, sustaining life-long cycling habits.”

The FIXIT stations will be highlighted on Tuesday, November 3rd during the Winter Biking Clinic and Group Ride as part of AS Transportation Week. A series of bicycle repair demos featuring the FIXIT stations is also being planned. Check the WWU Bike facebook page for more information as those details are finalized.

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 11:05am

Winter bicycle clinic set for Nov. 3

A winter bicycle clinic will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Viking Union Room 552 on the Western Washington University campus. The clinic, taught by certified League of American Bicyclists instructors, will offer safety tips for riding in the rain and during hours of darkness, how to put your bike on the bus, how to make sure your bike is ready for a ride, and more.

After the clinic, participants will take off on a 6-mile ride through Fairhaven, downtown Bellingham and back up to campus.

Free bike lights are available for everyone who attends.

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 10:56am

Tips for transportation safety as daylight saving time ends

The Central Health and Safety Committee at Western Washington University shared the following resources to help individuals stay safe while adjusting to the light change with the end of daylight saving time. This time of year brings with it an increase of darkness around the time of rush hour. Below are tips and resources for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists to help everyone remain safe while traveling to and from campus.

Pedestrians

  • Refer to the Personal Safety map or brochure for the best lit walkways across campus and locations of emergency telephones where you walk.
  • Green Coats or Public Safety Assistants are available as safety escorts to your car or on-campus residence.  Please call (360) 650-3555 for more information. 
  • Wear bright reflective clothing when walking at night.

Cyclists

  • See & Be Seen as you ride your bike.  Please visit the Sustainable Transportation website for more information and valuable resources on bicycling
  • In addition to wearing bright, reflective clothing, use active lighting sources so a motorist can easily spot you.

Motorists

  • Be extra aware of pedestrians and cyclists.  Strategies include driving at slower speeds and minimizing distractions within the vehicle such as music volume.
  • Keep windows clean and maintain good windshield wipers.
  • Allow time for windows to defrost or de-ice before driving.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 10:44am

Zipcar presence increases on campus

Western Washington University continues its partnership with car-sharing network Zipcar by placing three additional vehicles on campus for students, faculty and staff ages 18 and older, as well as for members of the Bellingham community ages 21 and over.

The increase brings the total number of Zipcar vehicles at WWU to five. The cars are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new Zipcars have designated parking spots located near Campus Services (Lot 23V) and Administrative Services Center (Lot 32G) for pick-up and return. Two additional Zipcars are still located near the PAC (Lot 11G).

WWU students, faculty and staff can join for $15, with rates for Zipcar vehicles on campus starting as low as $7.50 per hour and $69 per day. After the first year, members pay an annual membership fee of $25. Gas, insurance and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included in Zipcar rates, and cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or up to seven days. WWU students, faculty & staff, and community members can join Zipcar at www.zipcar.com/wwu.

This quarter, Zipcar will be wrapping a WWU Zipcar with the university logo and colors.

Zipcar has established relationships with more than 475 universities across North America. For more information and how to become a member of Zipcar at WWU, visit www.zipcar.com/wwu or contact Kay McMurren at 360-650-3907 or Kay.McMurren@wwu.edu.

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 10:46am

Police enforcing campus dismount zones

With paths in the campus core being constricted by the construction at the Carver Academic Facility, University Police are paying close attention to dismount zones on campus.

The rules, which have been in place for several years, state that bicycles, skateboards and other wheeled transportation devices be walked in designated areas of campus between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on regular class days, including finals week, said University Police Chief Darin Rasmussen. A grace period has been in effect this quarter while officers hand out fliers and talk with bicyclists and skateboarders about the rules, but they soon will begin to write tickets, he said. Police conduct the emphasis every quarter to raise awareness among commuters of the need to dismount on campus.

Dismount zones (click here for a detailed map) are enforced in all of Red Square, the bricked corridor from Red Square to the Engineering Technology Building, the PAC Plaza and Vendor's Row near the Viking Union.

A bicyclist will be fined $15 for the first offense, $30 for the second and $60 for every violation thereafter. Skateboarders, longboarders and inline skaters will see $15 fines for the first violation and $60 each for subsequent transgressions. Penalties are double if the rider is involved in a collision with a pedetrian or object or if the rider attempts to elude a uniformed police officer.

The code also states that bicyclists and skateboarders must observe a maximum speed limit of 3 miles per hour when sharing a path with pedestrians and 7 mph at all other times on campus.

Rules:

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 10:27am

When a city turns green: how to navigate bike boxes

The roads of Bellingham are starting to live up to the community’s “green” reputation–quite literally.

New students settling into Bellingham may encounter these lime-colored traffic marks as they explore outside the bounds of campus.

They are called “bike boxes” and are designed to make traveling safer for bicyclists and motorists. The boxes have been implemented in different cities throughout the U.S, but the three installed this summer are a first for Bellingham on Ohio and Cornwall Streets.

Monday, September 28, 2015 - 1:40pm

Some parking pay stations to no longer accept cash

Several parking pay stations on the Western Washington University campus will no longer accept bills or coins effective Monday, Sept. 21. This is part of an effort in Parking Services to move forward with a more efficient cashless system. The goal is to bring on all of the other pay stations and meters in the near future.

Signs will be placed on the pay stations to alert customers that cash and coins are not accepted.

The affected stations are:

  • Lot 6V, behind the Viking Union
  • The 12A and C lots on south campus
  • Lot 32G at the 32nd Street building
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 10:47am

WWU requiring permit for Lincoln Creek parking lot

People who use the Lincoln Creek Transportation Center lot at the corner of Lincoln and Byron streets will need a permit to park there starting Sept. 21.

The lot, owned by Western Washington University, is a park-and-ride for Whatcom Transportation Authority that buses people to campus along Bill McDonald Parkway.

Monday, September 14, 2015 - 11:37am

Employee bus passes go on sale Sept. 8

Employee bus passes for 2015-16 go on sale Sept. 8. A few items have changed:

  • The WTA bus pass will no longer be available as a WWU academic year pass.
  • All passes will instead be sold quarterly, corresponding with the WWU quarterly academic calendar.
  • The summer quarter pass will now be available for the same $23 reduced price as fall, winter and spring passes.
  • The new purchase procedure and E-sign form are designed to ensure convenience for employees who wish to pre-order multiple quarterly passes for the year.

WWU passes will continue to be accepted on the 80X County Connector. WWU and Aramark Employees are both eligible to purchase the reduced price WTA bus pass.

Getting the pass:

  • To request a pass for more than one quarter, check the box next to each quarter you plan to purchase on the bus pass application form.
  • If paying via payroll deduction, you will receive an email at the beginning of each quarter to authorize the $23 deduction.  Once you have authorized the charge, your pass will be sent to your campus mailstop.
  • If paying at the Student Business Office, you will receive an email at the beginning of each quarter asking for authorization to place the $23 charge on your account.  When you have paid, notify Sustainable Transportation and we will arrange a way for you to get your pass.
  • You will have the option to cancel your bus pass purchase at the beginning of each quarter by responding to the email you receive from Transportation.
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 10:53am

Faculty and staff may apply for parking beginning July 13

Online application for faculty and staff parking permits begins at 8 a.m. Monday, July 13. No early applications will be accepted.

The applicant's vehicle license plate is required.

Applications received after 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10, will be considered late. Late applications are issued a lot assignment after all the on-time applications have been assigned.

A link to the parking map is here. Applicants should use Internet Explorer for best results.

Applicants may choose up to three lots, and they will remain on the waitlist for preferred lot(s) to which they were not assigned. Lot 12A will be available to purchase in the office for those who are not awarded one of their three choices.

Information on how permits are awarded is online here. Information on permit pricing (subject to change) is here.

Alternative transportation users (those who bus, bike, walk or carpool) may choose among lots 7G, 14G, 17G, 19G, 22G, 24G, 32G and 12A Scratch Permit (formerly Commuter Pack).

Carpool participants may choose among 11G, 17G, and 26CP Carpool lot choices. Carpool participants must be in a valid WWU carpool with WWU faculty and/or staff. Their carpool partner(s) can also apply for Scratch Permit lot choices.

Applicants will receive an invoice in early September via WWU email. It will include the lot assignment, an online payment link and a payroll deduction link. Those paying by payroll deduction should be sure to choose that when completing the payment process.

Those with special requests or who need further assistance may contact the Parking Office at 360-650-2945 or email parking@wwu.edu.

Friday, July 10, 2015 - 10:22am
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