BVC-CHAT bike showers on campus?
j-coopersmith at tamu.edu
Fri Oct 21 14:44:35 CDT 2005
FYI -- I submitted the following to the Committee on the Built Environment,
which has some say on the new buildings being constructed on campus.
>I hope the CBE will include showers for cyclists in the new buildings now
>under design. Such showers would encourage commuting by bicycle, thus
>reducing automobile congestion and demand for parking while also improving
>the health of the commuters. These benefits will save the university
>money in terms of less time and gas wasted driving, parking spaces not
>built, and holding down health care costs. Designing space for showering
>and changing now will reduce the cost of providing these facilities
>compared with a retrofit, and demonstrate the universitys commitment to
>bicycling commuting. Compared with the cost of adding parking space,
>showers are a bargain.
>Next to safe biking routes and a good place to lock a bike, the ability to
>shower and change from sweaty cycling clothes into appropriate
>professional attire is one of the best ways to encourage
>commuting. Locally in a spring 2005 survey of 74 A&M bicyclists, 54% said
>that showers and changing facilities would encourage them to commute more
>often (Evaluating Bicycling Commuter Experiences at Texas A&M,
>37). Nationally, commuting advocacy groups have made similar statements
>(but often state that showering may not be necessary, proving they have
>not cycled in a Texas summer, all nine months of it).
>A complementary way to encourage bike commuting would be to allow
>commuters free or low-cost access to the Rec Center to shower. The
>problem with this approach is that the Rec Center is not central to many
>on campus and the lack of privacy may discourage commuters from leaving
>their clothes and wallets unattended while showering.
>Another advantage of shower and changing facilities is that they encourage
>lunchtime running, an additional fitness benefit.
>Some additional information follows this letter and everything is being
>sent by campus mail. If you need more information, that can be provided.
>Thank you for considering making A&M more bike-friendly.
> Yours sincerely,
> j-coopersmith at tamu.edu
>TTI, Evaluating Bicycling Commuter Experiences at Texas A&M and Adjacent
>Areas in the City of College Station, Texas, 2005.
>Florida Institute for Marketing Alternative Transportation, Developing
>Successful Bicycle/Pedestrian Commuter Programs, August 1996
>Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Lockers, Showers & Changing
>Dave Bachman, PennDOT lockers/showers, October 13, 2005.
>Miscellaneous links and information
>TAPS Bike n Shower Program
>UCSC Faculty and staff who commute to campus by bike are eligible to
>participate in the Bike Commuter Shower Program. Participants gain free
>access to the shower facilities at both the East and West Field Houses, a
>shortterm locker and towel.
>Faculty and staff must register with the TAPS Sales Office to participate
>in this program; showing a valid Student ID Card gives students the same
>access. For more information call the TAPS Sales Office at 8314594543,
>or send us an email inquiry.
>Shower wish list details:
>* Good ventilation is essential - you don't want to come out sweatier than
>when you went in.
>* A small bench is handy to place personal belongings while you shower.
>* Make sure the hot water supply is up to the task before the shower is fitted
>* Somewhere to dry towels and wet riding gear will stop radiators, backs
>of chairs, etc, becoming cluttered.
>* A well-drained floor is a must - there's nothing worse than having wet
>socks all day.
>* Lockers are the finishing touch. They're ideal to keep a change of clothes.
>Shower and Changing Facilities
>Commuters who bicycle or walk often arrive wet, muddy or sweaty. Providing
>employees with a place to shower, change and store clothes can encourage
>bicycle commuting. Such facilities also benefit employees who exercise
>during breaks or may occasionally need to wash and change clothes for
>other reasons. There are several ways that employers can provide such
>· A shower and clothes lockers can be designed into new or
>· A shower and clothes lockers can sometimes be added to existing
>restrooms. A single shower stall and space to change clothes typically
>requires a six by four foot space.
>· Several businesses located close together, or a Transportation
>Management Association, can establish shower and changing facilities that
>are shared by employees at several buildings.
>· Employers can arrange to use showers and changing rooms at a
>nearby recreation center or gym. This may require special arrangements to
>access the facilities when they would otherwise be closed.
>For a more comprehensive look at encouraging commuting, see Traffic
>Demand Management: 20+ Ways Business Can Increase EarthSmart Commuting,"
Dept. of History
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843
History & Philosophy of Science Section (L)
American Association for the Advancement of Science
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