Mike King is one of our Planning Analysts at UCLA Transportation. He oversees UCLA's bike programs, the annual South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) survey and our partnership with Zipcar. You may have seen him at our Bike Week pit-stops in the spring.
We asked him a few questions to get the inside scoop on how bike programs are developed at UCLA.
What are some of your responsibilities as a Planning Analyst for UCLA’s bike programs?
I make recommendations in order to make bicycling safer and more accessible on and around campus; meet with various outside agencies on bike-related items involving UCLA; and work directly with our marketing department in order to promote bicycling as well.
Of all bike events held on campus throughout the school year, which one is your favorite?
Bike Week. This past year, we were able to partner with the Hammer Museum and do live t-shirt screen printing during Bike Night at the Hammer.
What changes have you seen in biking behavior at UCLA over the recent few years?
I’ve seen the number of bicyclists on campus grow. In 2008, we had approximately 1,100 reported bicyclists on campus, and by 2012, we had approximately 2,400 reported bicyclists on campus. Our partnerships with different departments on campus have also grown. UCLA Recreation and the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability have been long-time partners in promoting bicycling. Recently, we've also partnered with the UCLA School of Public Health through the Healthy Campus Initiative, and as I mentioned previously, we've also worked with the Hammer Museum during Bike Week.
When abandoned bikes on campus are impounded, where do they go?
Craigslist and my retirement fund.
Bikes on campus that we think are abandoned are held by UCLA Transportation for a minimum of 3 months. During that period owners have an opportunity to reclaim their bikes. We donate bikes that are not reclaimed to members of the UCLA community through Bike (Re)cycling Day.
How do you and your team decide where to install a new bike rack?
We have a budget dedicated specifically for ad-hoc bike rack requests each year. Members of the community can contact us directly about a potential bike rack location. If we notice some bike racks are overcrowded, we’ll try to install more racks in that location. We also generally try to phase out older "fence-style" bike racks and replace them with inverted-U racks. If there’s a large building construction or renovation project, we work with the appropriate department on campus in order to make sure bike racks are covered in the scope of the project in order to meet LEED certification.
What's the story behind the bike box and bike lane on Strathmore Place?
We saw that there was an obvious need for a bike facility on Strathmore. We hired Rock Miller (Stantec Inc.) to design the facility. (Rock is a traffic engineer who has designed a number of nationally-recognized bike and pedestrian facilities.) After Rock conducted traffic counts, he proposed removing one motor vehicle lane in each direction, in order to accommodate the bike lane. We’re still working with Rock and looking to add more bike facilities on campus.
What are some new things that bicyclists at UCLA can look forward to?
We are installing an automated bike counter on Strathmore adjacent to the green bike lane. We are installing new electronic bike lockers by BikeLink in Lot 36 near the Kinross Building. Both the counter and lockers will be the first of its kind in Los Angeles.
We recently sent a Request for Information (RFI) to various bike share vendors and operators. We’re planning to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) by the end of 2013. And we’re planning to have a bike share system launch by 2014.
We have a few more potential bike lane projects; the projects are in the design phase and are not finalized.
We are also planning to install a bike channel on the Ackerman Stairs once the Engineering IV Building is completed.
If you could let all bicyclists at UCLA know one thing, what would it be?