ECU should promote biking
Sunday, August 12, 2018
The “ECU Parking Woes” article in The Daily Reflector on Aug. 7 needs a response.
Everyone who either attends classes or is employed at the ECU main campus is well aware of the dire parking problem. The university has reacted to this dilemma by building parking garages (at very expensive costs per vehicle accommodated) and supplementing their mass transit system. This brings to mind the overweight gentleman who kept buying larger and larger sized slacks to “solve” his weight problem. Not really!
Defining the problem, there are more and more cars on the ECU campus. A basic solution is to reduce the number of cars. ECU trustees should “think outside the box” to come up with an answer. One possibility would be to encourage students to bring and use bikes on campus by using a financial bonus if they do. And, discourage students with a monetary fee for the privilege of bringing a car to use on campus.
I reside in Greenville and bike frequently through the main ECU campus. On those trips I see many walking students, very few biking students, mass transit ECU buses, and cars everywhere — on streets and in parking areas. On other campuses I am familiar with (Stanford in Palo Alto, California, University of Wisconsin in Madison) I see many, many bikers and very few cars. ECU appears to be behind the trend.
Biking is an eco-friendly activity reducing our carbon footprint. Biking promotes physical health. Bikes take up very little space compared to behemoth cars. By enacting some type of fee/bonus program to encourage biking, ECU will join the ranks of being a “green” university.
Roger J. Olson