The UC Santa Barbara Office of Campus Planning & Design addressed several initiatives and plans regarding the placement of bicycle racks and bicycle path paving plans on campus with the start of the 2023-24 year.
The department removed and temporarily relocated the bicycle racks installed in front of the Music Building in preparation for on-campus renovations later in fall quarter.
According to Campus Planning & Design Principal Planner Shari Hammond, the bicycle racks were relocated to the east of the UCSB Library for the duration of the renovations. This project is estimated to start sometime in November of 2023 and is predicted to take one year to finish. Upon completion of the renovations, the racks will be relocated back to their original location.
Hammond did not disclose details on the renovations itself.
In response to concerns regarding a lack of a bicycle path at the Interactive Learning Pavillion and Pardall Road intersection, Hammond said the university is continuing to study bicycle circulation as students return to campus. The Campus Planning & Design department hopes to collect data from the monitoring in late October, upon which bicycle path design alternatives and other safety features will be discussed.
The department also updated the racks in the lots west of the Music Building and of South Hall, replacing them with peak racks to provide more bicycle parking efficiency.
“This was meant to provide more bicycle parking on the west side of [the Music Building] to accommodate the relocation of the temporarily relocated racks to the east of the Library,” Hammond said in an email statement to the Nexus.
The Nexus will continue to report on this topic as more information becomes available.
A version of this article appeared on p. 3 of the Oct. 5, 2023 print edition of the Daily Nexus.