|Bicyclists: New Locked 'Bike Cage,' Shower Access Available Soon|
|Sunday, April 10 2011|
Want to leave the car keys home and pedal to work this summer?
You're in luck. In the weeks ahead, the Medical Center's Parking Office will soon offer a permit for a new, weather-protected bike cage – plus the option for cage-users to purchase locker and shower access to URMC’s Fitness & Wellness Center.
Located on the ground level of the hospital’s ramp garage, the new bike cage will be fully enclosed by galvanized steel chain-link walls and an ID badge swipe-access padlock. Only permit holders who purchase the annual bike cage permit ($40) will have their badges activated to open the lock. Cage installation is expected to be complete sometime in May.
In addition to cage access, bicycle permit holders will have the option to upgrade their permit to include shower privileges and a reserved locker at URMC’s Fitness & Wellness Center. This enhanced cage permit with locker/shower access costs $88 per year. (Please note that at this time, locker/shower privileges cannot be sold separately from the cage permit – only as an upgrade to it. Bikers will need to bring their own towels to the Fitness Center; alternately, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., they may use Fitness Center towels for $0.25 each.)
The new bike cage permit and locker/shower privileges are just part of the University’s commitment to understanding – and removing – obstacles that keep UR faculty, staff and students from biking to and from the Medical Center Campus. These new offerings also dovetail with URMC’s ongoing effort to decongest on-campus parking and promote “active” transportation, especially in the warm-weather months.
Want to be notified when the bike cage permit becomes available? Just log onto the UR parking website, linked here, and add yourself to the “Bike Locker” waitlist. As soon as the cage is installed and ready for use, a parking office representative will contact you to finalize your permit and grant cage swipe-access rights to your badge.
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