USC Bike Summit and Bike Expo TOMORROW

The corner of Hoover and Jefferson - a busy intersection just outside of USC

The corner of Hoover and Jefferson - a busy intersection just outside of USC

On Wednesday, January 18th, USC will hold a Bike Summit open to the Trojan community and surrounding neighbors. The Bike Summit will take place from 3-5 pm in the Tutor Campus Center Ballroom (lower level, located adjacent to the campus bookstore) and provide the public with an opportunity to voice their opinions about bike riding on the USC campus. The LADOT Bike Blog has chimed in on USC’s attitude towards bikes in a previous post here. We are encouraged to see USC taking steps towards effectively planning for bicycles. More on tomorrow’s Bike Summit below the fold.

The area in and around the University Park campus has some of the highest bike counts – and unfortunately accidents – in the entire city. We are looking forward to hearing discussions centered around improving bicycle and pedestrian safety in and around the University Park Campus. Discussion topics will include:

  • Bike Parking and Services
  • Bike Education and Enforcement
  • Bike Circulation Network
  • Campus Bike Access

From 1-3pm (prior to the Bike Summit), USC will be hosting a Campus Bike Expo, which will include  a biking tour of the campus. The purpose of the Bike Expo is to prepare and inform Bike Summit participants about the current conditions of bicycling on campus. A variety of University departments and local transportation advocates and agencies will be in attendance to distribute educational materials including:

  • USC Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • USC Sustainability
  • USC Transportation
  • USC Student Affairs
  • USC Bicycle COmmuters
  • USC Cycling Club
  • LA County Metro – Bicycle Programs
  • Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC)
  • Sustainable Streets
  • LADOT Bikeways
LADOT Bikeways will be there handing out area bike maps and other goodies so drop by and say hello! Input garnered from the USC Bike Summit will be used to produce a draft Bicycle Master Plan, which is due to be completed by April 19th. This will be the only open forum for the public to voice their opinions about the future of bikes on the USC campus, so please come out and make your preferences known! For more information about the USC Bike Summit, visit their website here.

So how do you think USC can make itself a more bicycle friendly campus? Leave your comments/suggestions below!