Bicycling is an integral part of the school’s transportation system. The green environment and traffic arrangement have made cycling and walking safe and enjoyable but working towards a sustainable means of transportation around campus requires proper management.
This initiative is intended to provide better integration between walking and cycling in the AIT campus by providing green, aesthetic, and friendly environment for AIT community. Unorganized parked bicycles that block access to the buildings and space for pedestrian has been a major and recurrent issue in the campus. With this situation, the project plan to provide a walk-only zone within the academic and administration areas. A car-free zone is also proposed to support the project by providing an alternative safe access for bicyclists and pedestrians. The execution of the project needs approval from the high level management of AIT as the implementation is not only for short term but will have long term or permanent effects on the activities in the campus. Therefore, proper and systematic preparation and process should be followed to support and submit the proposal to the AIT Management. Several discussions were held with the Vice President of Academic Affairs to discuss the proper way to propose and implement the project.
Sustainable Travel and Commuting
Centralized bicycle parking locations (P1, P2, G1 and G2)
A second round discussion was conducted with the Student Union and AIT Campus Sustainability Club to formulate detailed plan for the proposal. Based on the discussion, it was agreed that the coverage of the bicycle-free area is modified to utilize the existing bicycle racks around the campus without reducing the purpose of the project. A car-free area is also proposed to support the bicycle-free area in providing more bicycle and pedestrian friendly zone along one corridor of the road. As the proposed plan need a policy change at the university level, discussion, inputs and collaboration from many stakeholders are needed. Understanding the perspective of the AIT community on the current walking and cycling activities and their opinions on the proposed project is the first step.