Would you use such a service if one exists? Would you elect me if i promised to deliver on it?
I was having a chat with the local gardaí on campus and he said there are bikes stolen on a weekly basis in UL. Young fellas from the local area come in with bolt cutters and in a matter of minutes make off with some student's bike. This is actually a big business and not just petty theft. However very few bikes are returned unfortunetly.
What do the students think of building some kind of bike shed. Something with enough space for about 100 bikes, you cycle in, lock with your own key and you get something like a cloak room ticket. You pay a fee, perhaps 2 euro. There will be a lad supervising the bikes, only people with tickets and a key can enter, bikes kept for more than a week will be removed.
just an idea open to have it dissected and improved upon.
has it been trialed before and is it a runner?
afaik money is being provided for this under the smarter travel scheme which will see the removal of parking spaces for cars, and instead provide bike parking in the Engineering Research Building along with showers and lockers.....all to encourage people to cycle.
cool, can i still take credit for it?
Is that actually going to happen?
Encourage more students to cycle instead of driving by charging for a bike space. no thanks
All that's needed is more bike-stands, which would be relatively cheap to install, and a better cycle-path layout.
Agreed about the cycle path layout. It's very hard to easily get from the main gate to either the Schuman or the Foundation building on cycle paths, and the cycle path that apparently crosses the entrance to the main pay carpark is not well signposted for either cyclists or drivers..
It would be good to have insured bike lockers if there's going to be a charge for a secure bike storage space - no other way would I cycle my main bike in to the college with the current lack of safe secure bike storage areas. I'll have to get a piece'o'crap to commute to the college with, one that wouldn't have me too much out of pocket if I were to see it stolen. Unfortunately I don't have easy access to e.g. an office where I could leave a bike during the day in relative safety. Properly secured storage now, that'd be nice.
They could do with revising the current path at the East Gate which isn't very bike friendly.
you actually couldn't be any more wrong. the problem isn't bike stands it's people robbing bikes. you can park your bike in the preexisting stands as much as you want.
seriously, some people in this college don't have a clue
Well then the main bike place in UL seems to be by the private carpark before the courtyard wouldnt you agree? Where there is already a security hut /room for the carpark so why not pay someone to sit in there and watch the bikes instead of building somewhere new to do the same purpose.
And do you plan on having one of these secure places at each block of the colllege.. main, schuman schrodinger, health science, pess etc because alot of people are based in different buildings.
i think we may have our wires crossed.
Are you in agreement we need a supervised bike park?
You could get campus security to monitor the existing ones more since their HQ is beside the main one, but building a new place is i dont agree with. more parking i would agree with.
oh right, some subtle differences then.
you'd have to ask why aren't campus security not already watching bikes.
i will do some personal research on the coming weeks, might set up a honey pot bike and set up surveillance and she what kind of scumbag tries to rob it and see what security do.
Is there a record of on-campus thefts? That'd make for interesting reading. Mine was stolen before Christmas, but that was from the back of our house in College Court.
Like Garvan says, the main bike hub is beside the security HQ, which (afaik) is manned 24/7?
And, as he also mentioned, where would you put it? A lot of people are based in a lot of different areas in college.