Boston University Charles River Campus Bicycle Plan
Universities are often the best testing ground for innovative strategies to make parking, access, and mobility easier for an active community. For Boston University, Toole Design used bike parking use counts, staff and student surveys, and bikeshare data to better support the 3,000+ bicycle commuters on campus and identify opportunities to encourage more bike commuting. Our project prioritization and implementation plan addressed the unique challenges of this private institution’s location in Boston’s dynamic Back Bay neighborhood—recommending actions the University could take on their own, while outlining guidance to facilitate collaboration with the City of Boston and other local stakeholders. The plan was adopted by the University’s Board of Trustees in Spring 2018 and several key initiatives have already been implemented, including a new bikeshare subsidy to make biking accessible for all students.