Michigan State University

Open Issues: 6 Closed Issues: 19 Acknowledged Issues: 0
Watching issues created after: 2010-02-09

This was created by the MSU Bikes Service Center to make it easier for the campus community to report and take care of problem areas of campus to include potholes, blind-spots and other potentially dangerous areas or facilities around campus.

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  • Trowbridge Road East Lansing, Michigan - Michigan State University
    Are the bicycle lanes going to be plowed at some point? It hasn't snowed significantly during the past 24hours and the bike lanes are still packed with ice and snow. I would ride in the bike lane if it was just fresh snow. But all the clumps of ice and packed snow that have been thrown onto the bike lanes make them unusable. Side walks are clear. But I'm not allowed to use them per MSU ordinance. That puts me in the car lane. Please plow the streets (the whole street) properly.
  • Farm Ln East Lansing, MI 48823, USA - Michigan State University
    On 11/4/10 CATA bus #540 passed a friend and I (we had the bright Planet Bike Superflash running and I was wearing a Class II safety vest) within a couple feet off our shoulders as we were riding our bikes southbound on Farm Ln. at about 7 pm. There was a car in the lane next to the bus but there was no traffic behind them; basically no reason for the bus driver to have not slowed down and waited for the car next to him to pass and then move over to avoid passing us so closely. Called in to CATA (394-1100 x236 - Operations Manager for fixed routes) and complained this morning. This was a series of similar incidents this past week that both I and other bicyclist friends have reported.
  • E Circle Dr East Lansing, MI - Michigan State University
    For just a few feet, not enough room for car and bike side-by-side in through lane. Could also be improved with pavement marking to reinforce right lane right turn only.
  • Bogue St East Lansing, MI - Michigan State University
    The S. bound crossing at Bogue St. by the Children's 4H Gardens is VERY badly deteriorated and will ruin bike and maybe car wheels/ suspension if you're not very careful when crossing.
  • 138 Service Road East Lansing, Michigan - Michigan State University

    Be on the lookout for this truck & driver. At 1:30 pm I had a large truck on Monday, May 4th, pass me very close while I was riding in one of our narrower bike lanes on campus where there's 2 lanes in the same direction (Service Rd. near the Clinical Ctr. where the E& W lanes are separated by a median). He had no vehicle to his left (see attached photo just after he passed me showing his wheels actually in the bike lane) and could have easily moved over but didn't. I saw him turn into the shopping strip mall just east of Hagadorn Rd. so I followed him and had a chat with him.

    He made it very clear that he didn't give a crap about how close he came to me because "I was in the bike lane" according to him. I told him was much too close to be safe, and that if I'd crashed or had to avoid a pothole or dead animal that he would have run me over and killed me; he told me to not tell him how to drive his vehicle, that he's very experienced and wouldn't run me over if I'd crashed; I told him hundreds of bicyclists get killed by large trucks every year, that they're not able to move quickly enough to avoid running over a bicyclist in such tight quarters. He responded telling me he couldn't move over cause there was a vehicle next to him which my memory and photo proves was false. He then told me to get lost. I called his employer and filed a complaint. The driver was a black male in his late 30's to early 40's.

    If you'd like to help support some proposed laws to help protect bicyclists from this sort of thing happening please attend the upcoming Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day on May 20, 2015:
    http://www.lmb.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=645:lucinda-means-bicycle-advocacy-day&catid=16&Itemid=23

  • 379-511 Michigan Avenue Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48823, USA - Michigan State University
    A well-used walkway coming down to Michigan Avenue from the campus side down to a snowbank; pedestrians have been climbing over the snowbanks to cross Michigan Avenue. This needs to be improved to be a safer crossing given the fact that there is a sidewalk and staircase coming down to Michigan Ave. and the well-worn foot path over the median.
  • West Shaw Lane East Lansing, Michigan - Michigan State University
    This seems to be quite common practice since I have seen this multiple times already. Several buses are parked on Shaw Ln between the fire station and Chestnut Rd. They are parked in a no-parking/tow away zone and in the bike lane. A chat with the bus drivers revealed that the university told them to park here so that they can "serve their customers". So, I guess this implies that all customers of MSU can violate traffic laws now.
  • Auditorium Rd East Lansing, MI 48823, USA - Michigan State University
    This area of Auditorium/ Physics, in all directions from this intersection, the pavement is in horrible condition with potholes and heaves, cracks, etc. making for a pretty dangerous condition for bicycling especially. I know Auditorium is eventually going to get redone once the new Art Museum is finished, but that's quite a long ways from now. Hopefully this area can get capped/ repaved this summer to avoid potential problems.
  • Farm Ln East Lansing, MI 48823, USA - Michigan State University
    Pedestrian crosswalks or Zebra crossings seem to be completely meaningless to some people in cars. This morning during rush hour I am entering campus on the Collingwood entrance, on my bike, in a row of cars. Approaching the zebra crossing on Farm Lane in front of the Natural Sciences Building, I stop for pedestrians to cross the street. After the car behind me stops as well, it drives around me, so does a second car. There were two pedestrians just getting ready to walk across. This behavior indicates a complete obliviousness to the most basic traffic rules. Unfortunately I could not get the license plates.
  • potholes Archived
    E Circle Dr East Lansing, MI 00 - Michigan State University
    Potholes in roadway.
  • E Circle Dr East Lansing, MI 00 - Michigan State University
    Right lane = right-turn-only is not well-marked, AND the bottleneck for the thru lane is not wide enough for car and bike. This area was re-done lately, yet this problem was not addressed.
  • Chestnut Rd East Lansing, MI - Michigan State University
    there are bike lanes running north and south in the street and on bike lane on the south side of wilson/east side of chestnut that "magically" appears about 50 years down the sidewalk. the lack of a consistent assignment to where the bike lanes are located (street, sidewalk, both...???) creates confusion for cyclists and creates a potentially hazardous environment for cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists.