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Washington University Medical Center Provides Motorcycle Parking

October 17, 2006 Events/Meetings, Parking, Scooters 10 Comments

Today I am attending the St. Louis Great Streets Symposium being held at the Newman Center on Euclid in the midst of the Washington University Medical Campus. I’m actually writing this from the event — you gotta love wi-fi.

Upon arriving I found an out of the way place to lock my scooter. As I was getting ready to secure the lock a Wash U security person drove by and said the city would cut the lock and tow my scooter. He said I should take advantage of the motorcycle parking a block to the west. I had no idea they had motorcycle parking!

I thanked him and headed over to the area where he pointed. How wonderful to see a special section just for motorcycles and scooters. I’ll have pictures tonight but it was roughly 10 spaces in an unused area adjacent to a building. It is actually covered by virtue of the design of the building. Two motorcycles were there as well as two scooters, one a blue Honda Metropolitan.

So pulling out my computer this morning I began searching the Washington University Medical School website for a guide to motorcycle and bike parking. I found a nice map indicating where parking garages are located but nothing on their very helpful motorcycle parking. What is interesting is this symposium is about great streets. The topic includes making streets open for people, not just cars. But the literature on the event didn’t make note of the fact we are next door to a bus transfer station and MetroLink station. What a statement that East-West Gateway Council of Governments didn’t mention alternative means of arriving and “parking” for the event.

It is encouraging to see Ald. Phyllis Young (D-7th) and from Jim Shrewsbury’s office, Brandyn Jones and Pam Ross attending. It would have been nice to have seen more folks from city hall.


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  1. anonymous says:

    Are they using the street grid of Kingshighway, Clayton, Euclid, McKinley Avenue, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital Plaza as a case study for designing great streets?

    [UR – Ha, good one. Yes, the medical campus has pretty well destroyed the streets despite having a high number of pedestrians. More potential lost.]

  2. seriously says:

    Wasn’t this event $50?

    With that price and that dreadful location, seems like another wasted chance to actually educate the general public. Oh, well. I’m sure transportation planners are enjoying yet another day to skip work and look important.

  3. Jim Zavist says:

    ahh . . .the joy of being legal!

  4. The Potato says:

    I tried to go, but there was no where for me to park my vehicle: http://www.anniemalone.com/am_md_slide10_t.htm

  5. MJ says:

    About the east west gateway coordinating council…I have never viewed them as totally supporting alternative transportation, Encourage people to ride the BUS?! Oh noooo…they might actually see POOR PEOPLE…notice how BJC and the Med School campus have moved the bus shelter from on Euclid to an out of the way garage…that way poor people are kept out of sight.

    Suburban St Louisans prefer it that way. It’s scary enough for some to visit Barnes Jewish let alone if they see a REAL POOR PERSON!!! (sarcasm)

    I am happy to hear they have dedicated scooter parking though, that’s good.

  6. oakland says:

    WU’s had dedicated motorcycle parking for as long as I can remember, both on the main and hilltop campuses. And people certainly do take advantage of it.

    notice how BJC and the Med School campus have moved the bus shelter from on Euclid to an out of the way garage…that way poor people are kept out of sight.

    The garage along Taylor isn’t exactly out of the way, and it’s certainly nicer to wait for a bus in there where it’s actually covered.

    They also did well by giving better access to the Metrolink platforms from the eastern side when that garage was put up. If you’re walking from the east, it shaves 5-7 minutes off your walk to not have to go all the way to Euclid.

  7. Jay says:

    The event was $35 for government and non-profits and $50 for consultants. I’m sure it cost a lot to bring in the speakers, some of whom have a lot of experience with this issue. This event was well worth the time and provided a lot of national examples of ‘Complete Streets’. I look forward to the next workshop in a couple of months.

    By the way Steve, there was a link on EWGs website(gone now) to directions to get to the Newman Center, one bullet did include how to get there from MetroLink.

    [UR — The event was only $25 for students!!! On a side note about student discounts, Racaneli’s Pizza just up Euclid gives a 10% discount to students on Mondays & Tuesdays. Anyway, yes the speakers were all top notch and came from many places around the country and not for free. Our tax dollars subsidized the event, no doubt. I think it was a very productive day and the public officials I spoke to were quite enthusiastic. I hope the engineers in the group got the message about road design standards.

    On the parking issue, the brochure mentions nothing about how to get there, only asking if you need garage parking. The press release failed to mention that as well. If the website did mention MetroLink but not mention MetroBus, both adjacent to the location, that is an issue. Bus, motorcycle and bike parking should have all been addressed in addition to auto parking and MetroLink. That was part of the idea behind the entire day — considering all modes!]

  8. Brian says:

    Citizens not working in the private consultant business only had to pay $35, not “$50.” If you were a member of a co-sponsoring organization like CMT, you could pay as little as $25.

    If you parked at the event, you parked in the Metro garage and walked one block. Plus, with the added $5 to one’s registration, it wasn’t free parking. If you took the bus to the event as I did, you also arrived at the same Metro garage with the same, easy one-block walk. But if you took MetroLink to the event (served both by Lambert and Shrewsbury trains), you had an even shorter, half-block walk.

    Despite their ped-malling of Euclid (and no, such street was not heralded as “great,” at least not that section), WU-Med’s location was a superior meeting facility with great transit accessibility.

  9. john says:

    Well tell us about the Symposium presentations (after your exams of course)…. thanks!

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