By Jordyn Horton
“Right now I think we only have 10 (students), according to Student Life, that have requested access to it,” said Vicki Janowiak, Executive Director of Operational Planning at GRCC.
“Certainly there is more room and capacity,” said Janowiak, referring to the available space in the cage. “We would love to get more utilization,” Janowiak said. ”It’s not being used to its full potential.”
Few students are currently using the bike cage at the bottom level of the Bostwick Parking Ramp at Grand Rapids Community College.
Students and employees can request access to the bike cage by visiting Student Life or completing a form online. Students and employees may then use their RaiderCard to access the bike cage, which contains traditional bike racks inside.
“We wanted people to secure their bike within the secure storage,” Janowiak said.
Approximately six bikes can be secured within the traditional bike racks. The bike cage as a whole was built to secure up to several dozen bikes.
Janowiak said Grand Rapids has a growing bike culture now, and bikes are expensive assets.
“Having an added layer of security for that personal asset was the other thing we wanted to provide for students,” Janowiak said.
Since more people are using bikes as a mode of transportation, a primary reason for building the cage was to protect students and employees bikes from the weather.
“Let’s give students an opportunity to have it protected from the elements as well,” Janowiak said.
The bike cage is located in the lower level of the Bostwick Parking Ramp, and can be accessed from the commons area outside of the Main Building.