The same parking problem faces us again, but this time the students of Washtenaw Community College are fighting back.
It’s immensely gratifying to see a rack full of bikes in front of the Student Center and Gunder Myran buildings.
In contrast to last year’s empty rows of locking hoops, the rows now, are packed, and cyclists are sharing the space. Throughout the day different bikes come and go, which means that there is a huge amount of people who regularly save money on gas, time on parking, and calories with the workout.
Many students also arrive daily on the shuttle system that links WCC’s front drop-off area to the Rynearson parking lot less than two miles away.
Each bike that occupies a space on campus reduces the load on our parking lots and the environment by one car per day.
Several students commute via the public bus system each day, out of necessity or convenience. In the cold months of the Winter semester when many students will forgo bicycling to school, it is a reliable way to cut down on parking and walking times.
Hopefully, there will always be dozens of bikes parked around campus all year, even through the fast-approaching snowy season, to fight the transportation and parking issues our campus is facing.