Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Dr. David Lemberg

Second Advisor

Dr. Lucius Hallett IV

Third Advisor

Dr. James Lewis


bicycles, transportation, planning, parking, sustainability

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Sustainable transportation planning focuses on addressing the needs of current users, without jeopardizing the needs of future users (Black 1997, Richardson 1999, Balsas 2003). A popular mode of sustainable transportation is the bicycle, which is frequently used by college students. One aspect of bicycle transportation that remains underexplored within the United States and on university campuses, is bicycle parking. By using rack conditioning assessments, bicycle theft density analysis, bicycle parking counts and a formative stakeholder survey of the bicycle parking at Western Michigan University’s campus, recommendations were able to be created for campus officials for use in their planning efforts. This study established a relationship between bicycle rack type and condition grade, determined that bicycle theft most densely occurs in campus residential neighborhoods, and found that bicycle parking use decreases as the seasons change. Results from this study may also be useful for researchers who are researching bicycle parking at other universities, and in countries where cycling culture is still developing such as the United States.

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Geography Commons