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With 10,000 to 15,000 Bicycles a Day on USC's Campus, Calls for a Beefier Bicycle Plan

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Los Angeles may be gearing up to finalize its master bicycle plan, which would bring some 1,600 miles of bikeways to the city, but that may not be enough for those whose primary location is USC. That's where some 10,000 to 15,000 cyclists roam the campus each day, according to 2009 report. According to Daily Trojan columnist Lucy Mueller, the problem for the past year has been enforcement of bicycle riding in non-cycling areas and not much else. "Walk your bike" has been a mantra for campus safety officers, apparently with little success.

But how do you encourage fewer bicycles in no riding areas? Mueller has some ideas. "Funds used to beef up the hall monitor presence in the no-bike zone could instead be allocated to deterring traffic in more productive ways, such as placing more racks on the campus perimeter — which could encourage students to park and walk — and making clearly marked bike paths where possible," she suggests. "Our campus might be too small to accommodate a system of paths, but bike lanes are still possible."

USC is also one of the few places in the Los Angeles region that has a car sharing program.