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NMSU prepares for students' alternate transportation

After the spike in gasoline prices over the summer, New Mexico State University students are showing signs of seeking alternate transportation other than cars to get to and around campus.

Recently, NMSU students are finding bike racks on campus are full, such as this rack on the east side of Corbett Center Student Union. (NMSU photo by Bryant Million)

Stella Altamirano, the parking manager for NMSU, said motorcycle parking has increased around campus. Parking spaces for motorcycles have been added by the Pan American Center, the south side of O'Donnell Hall and on the Dona Ana Community College.

Altamirano also said the purchase of motorcycle parking permits has increased about 16 percent.

Some student bicycle riders have noticed the bike racks outside of campus buildings have filled up more with an increase in the number of bikes.

"Sometimes if the racks are full, I will have to park my bike around a nearby tree or post," said Naomi McKenna, a junior majoring in education.

"Usually the racks are mostly full," said Justin Karrenberg, a freshman majoring in government. "But I usually just try to lock up my bike real close or try to shove it in and make room."

Brett Woywood, the assistant grounds manager for the NMSU Office of Facilities and Services, said funding has been received to install more bicycle racks throughout campus.

Woywood said during the next week or two, the department will inventory the amount of bike racks around the campus and determine how many more need to be installed and where.

Mike Bartholomew, the transit director for the City of Las Cruces's Roadrunner Transit, said it is too early in the year to tell if more students are taking advantage of the Aggie Transit System, which is operated by Roadrunner. However, Bartholomew said they have increased the number of buses that run the campus route from one to three this semester.