The current bike storage system is inadequate for the Rocky Mountain College biker because it does not properly shelter and secure bikes, and because current racks do not provide enough storage in high usage areas like the residence halls.
ABOVE: Student housing buildings have major bike storage issues. Students at the Rimview dorm are forced to chain their bikes to the railing inside & outside of the front doors.
ABOVE: Many racks, like this one at the library, offer no protection from the Montana weather. Even on a sunny day this rack is not bolted down and does not provide the proper security.
Plan of Attack:
BikeRMC will address the storage issues on campus by building new bike racks that will address the lack of adequate storage space as well as the issues of shelters and security.
With support from partners at RMC and partners from the Billings business community, BikeRMC will install five new racks, two of which will have shelters to protect bikes form Montana’s weather.
The three remaining racks will address the inadequate storage for the number of bikes at each of the residence halls -- Rimview, Anderson, and Widenhouse (see map below).
Aesthetically pleasing spiral racks will be placed in high traffic areas like the Student Union Building.
Winding Racks will be used at the residence halls to alleviate the problem of over crowding. These racks can hold up to 21 bikes.
The sheltered racks will become a symbol of the commitment Rocky Mountain College has to the surrounding community and the environment. The shelters will built out wood and will feature a “Rocky green” tin roof. The shelters will be built over spiral racks.
Project Map (click on place marks for information):
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