Plans are in the works to make the Pullman campus more bicycle-friendly.
Administrators introduced a proposal to the WSU Board of Regents last week to pave new bike paths and walkways to campus from other areas of town.
The project is a collaborative effort between WSU Parking and Transportation Services, University Recreation and Capital Planning and Development in response to how many students have used the Green Bike program.
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About 8,500 different users have rented Green Bikes located at racks on the Glenn Terrell Mall, outside the Student Recreation Center and at numerous other locations on campus since the program began two years ago. The program has tallied more than 33,000 rentals in that period.
The success of the bikes came as a surprise to most, seeing more than twice as much activity as predicted, said Bridgette Brady, the director of parking and transportation services.
In light of the student response to the Green Bikes, administrators have rethought the way they look at the program and the potential for other types of “green” transportation options around campus.
“Bike sharing provides access to an inexpensive mode of transportation and provides a perfect opportunity to support green initiatives,” said Brady.
The plan is to connect the existing trails in the area to make an adjoining trail system, Brady said.
Some students who have heard about the proposal like the prospect of expanding and connecting trails around campus. Ryan McKinley, a junior business major, said he thinks the proposal is a smart improvement to the trail system.
“If you gave bikers more trails and guidelines then they wouldn’t blow through crosswalks on Stadium Way,” McKinley said.
The project is still in its early stages. Administrators aim to soon select a consultant to help make placement recommendations and consider ways to separate bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
Administrators intend to finalize the proposal by mid spring semester 2013, Brady said.