Students are known for living on the edge. Their lives are packed full of academic work and socialising, with little time for sleep. This lifestyle demands mobility with 24/7 flexibility on and off campus, all on a student budget. The bicycle is perfect for them. This is why university towns frequently have the largest numbers of cyclists. Cycling around campus is often the beginning of a lifetime of daily bike use. Still, the potential for cycling might be even greater if more campus designs were improved with cycling in mind. The challenges of secure bike parking and safely managing conflicts with cars and pedestrians keep cycling from attaining its full value around many universities.
The “Campus Design and Policy Handbook” by Dorota Wisniewska and Jason Meggs is a comprehensive tutorial on making a difference on campuses and their urban contexts in terms of cycling. The handbook provides a broad spectrum of useful knowledge, including assessment methods, cost-benefit analyses, best-practice examples and a decision-making framework.
The project was a winning submission for the Cycling Visionary Awards in the category “Urban Planning and Urban Design” supported by SRAM. Randy Neufeld, Director of the SRAM Cycling Fund, says, “The ‘Campus Design and Policy Handbook’ has great potential to help many places transform. There are hundreds of campuses in cities worldwide that could use advice on cycling improvements. The links between cycling cities and universities are evident in all the great cycling cities. The best, such as Muenster and Groningen, have university populations at their core. This kind of resource and best-practice sharing is what the SRAM Cycling Fund is all about.”
Winning the Cycling Visionaries Awards has already benefited the project, as Dorota Wisniewska told us, “The great news is that on my campus at Gdansk University of Technology, this award has motivated people to talk at Senate level about implementing a bike base. This week, a new Facebook account will be created to collect opinions and help to prepare the project.”
In this way, the Campus Design and Policy Handbook will potentially become a lighthouse project for the better integration of cycling into the daily life of campuses worldwide.
We want to thank the authors of this project for sharing their idea in the context of the Cycling Visionaries Awards and wish them all the best for their time during Velo-city 2013.
We also express our gratitude to the Cycling Visionaries Awards sponsor SRAM for enabling the project developers to bring their ideas to the attention of the international cycling community.
Velo-city 2013 Vienna | Cycling Stories
Velo-city 2013 Communications Team