12 November 2010
Bike survey has come full cycle
Craig Allen, RMIT Coordinator of the BikeScope survey, meets with Mike Williamson from Bicycle Victoria to take receipt of the prizes for the two winners who completed the survey.
A secure bike cage is available in the carpark of Building 51 at 80-92 Victoria Street on the City campus. Apply for access to the bike cage.
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More than 1,300 of RMIT University’s cyclists and aspiring cyclists have swung into gear and completed the online BikeScope survey.
The survey was developed by Bicycle Victoria for RMIT and ran over three weeks in late August and September.
BikeScope was open to both staff and students and the results will be used to inform the development of a Bike Plan for RMIT, which will outline a strategy to increase the number of people who ride bikes to work.
RMIT also commissioned Bicycle Victoria to carry out an audit of the existing bike parking facilities across the City, Bundoora and Brunswick campuses.
The audits took place in August and are designed to provide an outline of RMIT’s existing bike parking facilities and to provide some recommendations on ways in which to improve bike parking for the University community.
Craig Allen, Project Officer, ResourceSmart with Property Services and coordinator of the survey, said that BikeScope was the first survey into bike facilities and staff and student commuting habits that Bicycle Victoria had issued to an educational institution.
“This survey has typically been utilised by local councils and it’s exciting that RMIT is the first university to road test BikeScope, so to speak,” Mr Allen said.
Mr Allen said the results showed, by and large, that RMIT was regarded as a place that supported cyclists.
“The survey results rate RMIT’s provision of bike-riding facilities quite highly.
“This is really encouraging but the results also tell us that there’s work to be done,” Mr Allen said.
Many survey respondents indicated that improved secure bike parking facilities was the most important factor to persuade them to become regular riders to RMIT.
“On the City campus, there is actually a free, secure bike parking cage in the basement carpark of Building 51 on Victoria Street, which is open to staff and students,” Mr Allen said.
“A lot of our survey respondents did not know about the bike cage, nor did they know about the Bike Pod shower and change facility, which is also in the Building 51 carpark.
“Suffice to say, we’re going to ramp up the promotion of our existing facilities,” Mr Allen said.
Other significant factors that would persuade respondents to start riding to RMIT or to become more regular riders include enhanced locker and storage facilities and improved bike parking hoops.
“Staff and students on the Bundoora and Brunswick campuses want undercover bike parking and on the City campus more bike parking facilities on Swanston Street.
“In addition, restricted motor vehicle access on Franklin Street was raised as an issue for cyclists,” Mr Allen said
The data gathered from the audits indicates where bike riders prefer to park on campus. This information will enable RMIT to make more informed decisions about where to provide future bike parking and what type of parking will be the most used by staff and students.
Survey participants were also in the running to win an iPad or a $300 gift voucher from CBD Cycles. The winners are:
• Dr Sarah Bekessy, Senior Lecturer with the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning.
• Shefton Parker, Researcher and Clinical Acupuncturist with the School of Health Sciences.