Student-built bike racks constructed near Arboretum gazebo

It’s hard to believe that no bike parking existed here before, but now–thanks to a partnership with the UC Davis College of Engineering–the area around the Arboretum gazebo, Nature’s Gallery Court, and the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden now are complete with spaces to lock up your two-wheeled vehicles!

Engineering students from our campus, together with engineering students from 14 other schools in the northwestern United States, and as far away as China, came to UC Davis for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Mid-Pacific Student Conference. This event showcases civil engineering students’ leadership and technical knowledge in several design competitions, one of which included concrete construction, hence our new bike racks!

A huge thank you goes to civil engineering professor John Harvey for organizing the competition, his student assistants who worked on competition logistics, and the student teams from UC Davis, San Jose State University, University of the Pacific, and Tongji University for their hard work to design and build the bike parking areas. The project wouldn’t have been possible without the partnership and guidance of Skip Mezger, campus landscape architect, and Emily Griswold, director of GATEways horticulture and teaching gardens, who assisted the conference coordinators with identifying the project area, developing the designs, and facilitating the implementation.

This is another great example of how we use our landscape as a teaching resource for our students and community with the added bonus of providing a much-needed amenity for our visitors.

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