College Planning & Management

OCT 2012

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Facility Focus TRANSPORTATION & PARKING University Of Minnesota University Bike Center T HE UNIVERSITY OF Minnesota — with 51,000 stu- dents, 16,000 staff/faculty, and 15,000 daily visitors — attempts to provide a blueprint for campuses and employers around the nation by pulling together the missing elements of successful bike commuting. The solution is an innovative combination of a full-service bike center and an RFID (Radio-Frequency Identifi ca- tion) commuter validation system. The award-winning University Bike Cen- ter, designed by Carlsen & Frank Architects of St. Paul, MN, was constructed in a former transit-waiting area of an unused parking ramp. Originally built in 1975, the parking ramp has 702,000 sq. ft. and 2,174 parking spaces. It is near thousands of residence hall students and Academic Health Center em- ployees. With the Bike Center's opening in September 2011, it gathers in one place those things that make bike commuting practical: secure, card-accessed, 24-hour bike park- ing; restrooms, showers, and clothing lock- ers; professional and DIY repair services; a retail store; an electronic trip-planning kiosk; an RFID benefi ts center; and a gather- ing space for outreach/classes. The commuter validation system (RFID) consists of tags affi xed to regis- tered bicycles. RFID receivers installed at strategic campus locations read and wirelessly transmit tag information to a server accessible to users and the institu- tion. This allows the University to award incentives, such as transportation option enhancements, direct/indirect individual payments, and discounted fee-for-service/ merchandise. For staff and faculty, this program enables them to log a minimum number of trips to gain points in a wellness program that reduces medical plan rates in 2013. Students are able to choose from a wide array of prizes (while supplies last). The possibilities for this fi rst-in-the- nation program are limitless, ranging from carbon offset programs to fun competitive commuter leagues. CPM OCTOBER 2012 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 75 PHOTOS COURTESY OF KELL SANDERS AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA AND CARLSEN & FRANK ARCHITECTS

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