Bike parking at Macquarie Uni train station

There is currently a problem with bike parking at the new Macquarie University train station. Despite clear state government transport and planning policy supporting bicycle parking and access to generate true options for intermodal transport, the current station does not deliver for cyclists. Please see my drafted letter below and let me know if you are happy with it. I hope to bring this issue to the attention of the Minister for Transport, Ryde Council and Rail Corp.

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3 March 2009

To Whom It May Concern:

The Macquarie University Bike Club seeks clarification regarding the provision of bicycle parking at the new Macquarie University train station. From a sustainable transport perspective, it has been exciting to see the significant transformation of campus life that has been rejuvenated by the opening of the train line. However, the opportunity for a truly integrated transport interchange remains unclear particularly in relation to how the train station provides opportunities for integrated bike-rail transportation within the local area.

Bicycle parking facilities are currently located on Waterloo Road 50 metres east of the station entrance (see Photo 1). Close to the Macquarie Shopping Centre, there are 5 new bike rings and 4 bicycle lockers. The bike parking facilities are located in an area that is hidden from the view of station users (see Photo 2). Located adjacent to two walls, these bike parking facilities provide a high opportunity for bike theft due to their hidden location with significantly lower levels of passive surveillance. The lockers currently are unusable as there is no contact information on how to use them. These facilities are mostly for the benefit of short-term bike parking for persons going to the shopping centre. These facilities are inadequate for providing accessible and secure bike parking for inter-modal train station users. Strangely, the transport user map located at the train station identifies the western side of the station as the designated area for bicycle parking (see Photo 3), however no such bike parking spaces have been built at present. There are bicycles parked around light poles in this area indicating an unmet desire for bike parking (See Photo 3). The western entrance to of the train station is also are far more suitable space for inter-modal bike parking as it is a hive of activity (see Photos 3 & Photo 4). In keeping with NSW urban and transport design guidelines [1] [2], the western entrance to Macquarie University Station should be the ideal location for bicycle parking because it is the most visibly prominent and accessible. It is also area that attracts high levels of passive surveillance that is major deterrence of bike theft . The promotion of bicycle parking at this transport interchange would also be a key demonstration of the Macquarie University’s core focus on sustainability and a visible demonstration of the university’s commitment to promoting sustainability [3] amongst staff and students who live near campus as well as the broader population of residents who live in the Marsfield and North Ryde locality.

At present the provision of bicycle parking facilities on the eastern side of at the Macquarie University station are of a low capacity, poor quality and do not appear in keeping with transport and planning guidelines of the NSW State Government. Could you please inform the Macquarie University Bike Club if there are plans to upgrade the bicycle parking facilities, what are they, and when will they be installed?

Yours sincerely,

Adrian Emilsen
Macquarie University Bike Club

[1] According to The NSW Ministry for Transport’s Guidelines for the Development of Public Transport Interchange Facilities (September 2008).:
“the most prominent location should be given to the most efficient and sustainable modes of travel. For example, pedestrians and cyclists should have the most direct access to the interchange, while commuter parking (park and ride), which, based on the cost of provision and the space it consumes, should be given the lowest priority allocation of space and location.
Generally, the preferred order of priority in interchange development is: pedestrian / bicycle; bus / ferry; taxi; kiss and ride (drop off and pick up); and park and ride (commuter parking).”
(page 13)

[2] According to the NSW Department of Planning’s Planning Guidelines for Walking and Cycling:
“Design principles for bicycle parking facilities are:
1. Open and attractive facilities in easily supervised places that feel safe and nonthreatening,
with good passive surveillance to deter acts of vandalism and theft
2. As close as possible to building entrances (preferably within 25m)
3. Relates to the travel requirements of the user, e.g. lockers for commuters and racks for short-term use.
Considerations at the design phase are opportunities for casual surveillance, clearance from walls and other obstacles and weather protection. Bicycle parking facilities should look like they are an integral part of the premises and users should feel welcomed and respected.”
(Page 49)

[3]. See: http://www.mq.edu.au/sustainability/ and http://www.mq.edu.au/university/sustainability.html

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O-Week success

img_21552Thanks to all those who’ve helped out at O-week (esp. Paul, David and Lisa). Its an exciting time for cycling on campus as there is a growing interest in all things bikes as well as other transport alternatives with the opening of the new train line. We’ve spoken to many exchange students this week who have expressed a difficulty in finding a cheap bikes to use while at uni. We hope to fix this problem by setting up an section on this website where students can post ads to buy and sell bikes. If you are looking to get a bike for free or one to repair for yourself, there are number of bicycle recycling projects run across Sydney. For a list of bike co-ops go to: http://www.bicyclerecycling.com/

Btw: you can now find us on facebook and remember to come to the inter-university bike clubs Bikes, Beach & BBQ ride to Bronte beach this Sunday afternoon.

Cross-Campus events

This year bike clubs at Sydney University, UNSW and Macquarie Uni will be working together to share resources and organise events. If you have friends at Sydney, or UNSW, let them know about these bike clubs on campus.

Our first cross-campus event will be a ride from Sydney Uni to Bronte Beach, where we’ll have a swim and a BBQ. Bring food, drinks and make sure you have lights for the ride home. Here are the details:

Day: Sunday 1 March
Time: 5.30pm
Where: Fischer Library, Sydney University

You can join the ride at Sydney Uni if thats easy for you or  If you live closer to Macquarie Uni meet outside the library at 4pm. We will catch the 4.29pm express train from Eastwood to Central from which we’ll head to Sydney Uni t join the ride. If your going to ride from the Uni please contact Adrian to confirm or any more information (mb 0405358253/ Adrian.Emilsen(at)psy.mq.edu.au)

O-week bike club meeting: Tuesday 10 Feb

Hey folks,

We’ve confirmed to have our first meeting on Tueday 10 Feb at 1pm outside Marxines.

Please bring lots of great ideas!

Cheers

Adrian (mb 0405358253)

Getting ready for Orientation Week

Hi All,

It’s only one month to O-week and I’m keen to get cycling promotion/ bike club activities started on campus. I recently meet with a number of bike societies from the University of New South Wales and Sydney University. We’ve decided to share ideas and pool recourses to get things to happen.

So far we’ve:
• gathered a heap of bike maps and other resources to distribute at O-week.
• contacted some bike shops to look at offering promotions for uni students.
• organised to run Inter-Uni bike ride/BBQ from the City to Bronte Beach  on March 1.

Other suggested activities include
• Running an inter-uni (not serious) bike race-time trial at Centennial Park
• Organising semi-regular rides and maintenance courses
• Running a cycling promotion activity for International Student O-week.

There are a number of activities that we’ll need to organise to make O-week a success. These include:
• Making our own flyers to promote cycling at Macquarie
• Organising a roster for people to man the stall during 0-week
• Establishing some kind of communication system (egroup / facebook etc) so we can start to run regular events and activities.

I’d like to meet up with people as soon as possible to see who is keen to get involved during O-week.  Suggested dates for meeting on campus would be 1pm on Tuesday 10 Feb, Wed 11 Feb, Thurs 12 Feb at Marxines.

Please let me know if you’d be available to meet on any of those days and if you would be keen to be help out during O-Week.

Cheers

Adrian
Mb 0405-358253

Showers at MQ

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I’ve been commuting to Macquarie by bike for near 3 years. Most of the time I get the train to Epping in the morning then ride over at a slow pace so I don’t even need a shower before work. However, in the times that I have needed a shower I’ve only ever used one shower on Level 8 of Building E7A.

I’m interested in hearing what other showing facilities are located across campus and are students and staff able to use them?

Welcome to Macquaire Uni Bike Club

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In 2009, Macquarie University will start its own bike club. The group aims to promote cycling to both students and staff on campus and to share the joys that come from being on two wheels.

If you’d like to get involved, please contact Adrian (Adrian.Emilsen(at)psy.mq.edu.au)