We work to improve bike safety and participate in campus development. The student-driven committee has been successful in financing design and construction of ambitious capital improvement projects as well as maintenance projects.
Bike path along Girvetz and Music Buildings
The bike path along Girvetz and Music Buildings are sloped due to roots and have irrigation problems during rainy seasons. We are working to repave this path for a smoother, safer ride for everyone. Right now there is construction underneath for plumbing, but after this is complete we plan to initiate our project.
Due to the confusion many student faced when riding their bike through the intersection, we decided to redesign the striping to better indicate the yield and turning signs. Installation took place during 2016 winter break.
As many of students already know, the struggle of finding bike parking near the Arbor is real. In the past there have been many measures to better the South Hall parking problem ranging from CSO enforcement, parking lot detour, new parking lot behind Kern Hall, and installing signs. Students are tempted to just park their bike on the north side because it was convenient and they cannot see an adjacent parking lot. We installed a new parking lot in order to divert the parking from the crowded parking lot near the Arbor. 141 parking spaces were installed during winter break of 2016. The cost was $12,134.54 of student fees.
In addition to the NW corner of South Hall, we decided to install an additional 144 parking spaces on the west side of South Hall. The cost of this parking lot amounts to $17,326.72. Installation took place during 2016 winter break.
We noticed that many bikes were not properly locked in front of the Life Science building due to the half moon shaped racks that are not well suited for bike parking. We decided to install new bike racks call Peak Racks, the most densest bike racks manufactured in California. The cost is to $17,392.72 of student fees. Installation took place during 2016 winter break.
We noticed that not that many bike are parked in the interior area of the lot due to the racks being half moon shaped. We decided to take out the half moon racks and install 118 Peak Rack spaces. The cost is $12,106.95 of student fees. Installation took place during 2016 winter break.
The Sand Volleyball Courts bike path was part of the early bike paths that have not been renovated since. We repaved and widened the path to make it safer coming to and from campus.
Preliminary ideas have been made to move the dangerous SAASB intersection. These ideas include expanding the intersection and turning it into a roundabout. Currently a landscaping consultant is working on the problem. This project should cost upwards of $200,000 and will take at least a couple years to complete.
The Pardall pathway leading in to campus now has an added intersection in front of HSSB. This newly added intersection has helped traffic flow thus increasing safety on the pathway. It has also enhanced the aesthetics of the area, preventing bikers from feeling obligated to bike through the grass in order to reach their destination.
The bike path in between Isla Vista and campus was recently repainted and repaved, with a new slurry coat added as well. The repaving has made the path smoother, making traffic flow in a steady and direct manner.
The vast lot catering to the students who frequent Campbell hall was recently numbered, enabling students to locate their bikes easily before and after class. The newly numbered lot was completed in February 2014.
Kerr Hall is one of the most demanding parking areas on campus. Although it has around 180 spaces, during peak hours, it is likely these racks are beyond 150% over capacity. Understanding the popularity of this area, we relocated the lot to the north side of the South Hall building in order to fit more racks and make it easier to park your bike before class.The project was completed in summer 2012.
The installation of 7 Dero bike air pumps. These stands don’t interfere with parking provide easy and accessible maintenance for bikes around campus. Their yellow color makes them easily identifiable. The stands were made by the ASBC, themselves. These pumps were installed in September of 2012.
On November 1, 2011 the ASBC approved $32,500 to expand the lot on the North side of the music building. Recent lot assessments showed that the lot, with 236 spaces was over capacity at 134%. The ASBC installed peak racks at the lot, which added 233 more spaces and increased the capacity. The lot expansion took place over the first couple weeks of Winter Break and was completed before the Winter 2012 quarter starts.
After request from the grad students in the Chemistry department, the ASBC approved $5,000 to install peak racks at the Physical Science Building North (PSBN). This project was completed over winter break and was finished by Winter quarter 2012
During Spring Break 2011, the ASBC completed a project that expanded the capacity of parking at the Rec Cen from 260 to 456, as well as completely re-organizing the layout. The project could be completed thanks to the Rec Cen governance board, who matched the $25,000 approved by the ASBC.
Over spring break 2009, half of the old racks in the Campbell Hall bike parking lot were replaced with new Peak Racks. The rest of the old racks were over summer 2009. Peak Racks, which are manufactured locally in San Luis Obispo, allow for higher density bike parking than traditional bike racks. The complete rack retrofit will increase the lot’s parking capacity.
During winter break 2008, the bike path intersection by SAASB was redesigned and restriped to promote safer turns and traffic flow, particularly during busy pass periods. Signs have also been added to remind riders to use hand signals in order to promote safety.
After more than a decade planning, bidding and construction delays, the Broida Bikeway finally opened on Wednesday, February 1st, 2006.
The Broida Bicycle Path is an east-west connecting link for the campus. It connects the bike path by Chemistry that stretches around the northern perimeter of the main campus with the path near Davidson Library, thereby increasing access to the east side of campus. Funds for construction were raised through the ASBC initiated student wide lock in fee.
Measuring 900 feet long, 12 feet wide and featuring a 165-foot-long roundabout, the $525,000 new addition to campus runs from Webb Hall to the Materials Research Laboratory.
Now students can legally ride their bikes down the Broida corridor to their classes without worrying about receiving tickets. Also, the area around the bikepath has been beautified making the ride more enjoyable.
Before the redesign, Goleta Beach bike path was a worn-out, narrow and dangerous bikepath with blind curves and potential for pedestrian-bicycle conflict. On the downhill ride, the pump station fence jutting into the line of sight created a blind spot at the sharp curve on the bikepath and made it a hazardous place for both bicyclists and pedestrians entering or leaving campus.
Goleta Beach bikepath improvement project realigned the path around the fence and increased visibility to bikers descending the path and provided a safer paved area on the side for pedestrians reducing the chance of collisions with bicyclists. The change improved a total of 888 linear feet of the bike path between the pump station and the East Gate entrance. The project also widened the path to 14 feet and relocated 225 linear feet of the path a few feet from its current location adjacent to the pump station to remove the “blind spot.”One year after the redesign, the path was slurry-coated to reduce the wear and tear and prolong the life of the bike path. Now commuters to UCSB can safely and comfortably ride to campus without having to stress about the blind curve or pedestrians on the path.