An enclosed bike rack will be constructed this summer for students at Grand Rapids Community College. The cage will overtake seven parking spots in the lower level of the Bostwick Parking Ramp off of the commons area. Students can access the cage for free, but will need to swipe their RaiderCard to get inside.
The next potential space would likely be on the DeVos Campus.
GRCC Executive Director of Operational Planning Vicki Janowiak said Student Life will provide an application for students to fill out if they wish to access the cage. According to Jim VanDokkumburg of GRCC Facilities, around 16 bike spaces will be available initially, but if students show interest then the full capacity will be opened up to 59 total spaces.
“It depends on whether or not students really take advantage of it,” Janowiak said. “If there’s a demand and we get more requests than we can accommodate in that space, I think we would certainly be open to looking at where else we might want to add that.”
VanDokkumburg said the cage will cost the college no more than $15,000. The funding for the project came from the Wege Foundation, who made a donation to the GRCC Foundation to help fund “sustainability efforts” at the college.
“We had student feedback for the last couple of years about wanting protected storage for bikes,” Janowiak said. “In the last couple of years as bike traffic and more bikers are riding year round, (we) thought that having that kind of storage facility on campus would encourage students that are interested in taking advantage and utilizing that mode of transportation (and they) would know that they have a space to keep their bikes safe.”
A specific date has not been selected for the opening of the cage, but administrators are hoping to have everything finalized by the start of the summer semester.