Monday, June 30, 2008
This type of situation does occur during events, banned students park on neighboring streets or park illegally at the village commons. Balancing student, employee and visitor parking is a great task that people take for granted.
So, next time you are mumbling under your breath that there isn't a parking space near your building please keep in mind the college tries to accommodate for vehicles being on campus. There is no simple, correct answer on how much parking is needed. Take advantage of the beautiful work that Facilities Management does for the college's grounds and take a brisk stroll past the wonderful landscape art they do.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
At times, the markings on the ground are not changed to match the sign or vise versa right away.
So, if you park your vehicle in the morning and its a regular old sign and when you return to your vehicle and there is now a Handicap Sign and a ticket on your car, just let us know. Since its happened before, it could happen again.
Or you pull into a parking area and the arrow on the sign indicates Faculty/Staff parking on both sides of your parking spot, but there is also a service vehicles sign for the spot next to you which just makes it all confusing, give us a call.
It could be the spaces are in the process of being updated or things have been held up for one reason or another. But, we welcome any feedback about the parking areas.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
If you would prefer to email the Parking Coordinator, she would love to hear from you. Her name is Charlyn Puza and you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Don't forget! Register your bicycle before it disappear. I don't mean its going to be stolen by us, just removed to make room for the incoming bikes in for the Fall.
If you are on campus and your bike has a bright orange tag on it, please stop by the office to register your bike. Its *FREE*.
If you are off campus for the summer and your bike was not registered before you left, it may have a tag on it. Call the Parking Office as soon as you can to discuss your options.
Bicycles will be very important in the upcoming months with the cost of fuel skyrocketing, so keep this in mind and don't let your bike disappear.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Student parking areas can be found on the outskirts of campus. Some are even located near dorms for easy access. So, when you are choosing your dorm room keep that in mind if you need to park near the dorm for your activities.
If you chose to live in Ham/Mac, you can park in the student spaces right across the street or even in the Equestrian Center which is right next door. If you live in Abbey/Buck, you can park in the student spaces in the Gorse Lot. Also, if you chose to live in Pearsons Hall, there are those student spaces right near the dorm.
There are other spaces around campus too. There are a couple rows across from the main gate in Mary Lyon Lot & a row near the Betty Shabazz House.
But keep in mind, students may *NEVER* park in a faculty/staff space, even over the summer. So, keep in mind the proximity of spaces while choosing your dorm and schedule!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
This is to assist in keeping those spaces available for visitors of the surrounding residential neighborhoods. These spaces are along Church Street and around the houses that border the campus.
Monday, June 16, 2008
So if you receive a bill from this company, it is a legitimate contractor hired to process these tickets. Please follow the instructions on your notice for submitting payment to tickets.
A side benefit to this service is more flexibility in payment of tickets. Mount Holyoke College is only able to accept cash or check payments; MMA has a secure online payment site that allows you to use a credit or debit card. They also offer a ticket reminder service that can send you an email to remind you about tickets that are past the statement due date.
Please note that as part of this process, failure to pay tickets issued at Mount Holyoke College may result in having your vehicle registration become non-renewable.
Friday, June 13, 2008
"Do you have anything to say?" asked the Judge.
"Yes," he replied, "They shouldn't put up such misleading notices."
"What do you mean?" the Judge asked.
"The sign said, "Fine for Parking Here."
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
- Park in the shade in summer to keep your car cool and minimize evaporation of fuel.
- If you have a garage, use it as much as possible to keep your car warm in winter and cool in summer.
- If you have to park outdoors, windshield shades can cut down on summer heat and help keep the frost off in the winter.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
You've seen him strutting around campus, you've read about him in the MHC News, you've probably heard about him from your friends, now *YOU* can stop by and meet the building's mascot!
After you are done taking care of your parking business, make sure to visit,McDougal (or Doogie for short) downstairs in Auxiliary Services Office (in the one-card office section).
He absolutely loves visitors and likes to give kisses too. So, don't forget about him! You won't regret it!
Monday, June 9, 2008
Be advised that the Faculty/Staff parking spaces the run along the Skinner green behind Safford Hall will be unavailable until December 2008. The 2-hour visitor spaces will remain available that are near Skinner Hall.
The spaces are unavailable for the renovation construction for Safford Hall.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
- Wear a helmet. Yes, they might not be the ideal fashion accessory, but if could help you in the event an accident should occur.
- Use lights or reflective gear. You might be able to see the cars around you, but the person driving might have a hard time seeing you at sunset or at night.
- Never ride agaisnt the flow of traffic. This may be tough to avoid on campus, but off campus it should become habit since motorists aren't looking for bicyclists riding on the wrong side of the road. Some state laws & common sense require that bicyclists drive like other vehicles.
- Learn hand signals. Hand signals tell motorists and pedestrians what you intend to do since most bikes do not have blinkers . You should signal as a matter of courtesy and of self-protection.
- Never ride with headphones. If you ride with headphones, you will not be able to hear what is occuring around you, like a horn honking, fire engine approching or any other hazords that are going on around you that you should avoid.
Check out Bicycle Safe for "10 ways not to get hit by cars". This guide assists the bicyclists with the correct ways of crossing intersections and other areas. The author is straight forward, but the tips could mean the difference of being hit or not by a vehicle.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Students may start to register for their 2008-2009 decal for the academic year after 7/1/2008. If you register on-line, you will receive a $15 discount. The cost of decals are-
Resident Student $125 (with discount $110)
Day Student $75 (with discount $60)
Equestrian Center $100 (with discount $85)
The discount will expire when classes start in the fall.
If your vehicle is registered out-of-state you will need to fill out an additional form to let the state know you are not living in MA, just attending school, to avoid paying excise tax. We will provide that link for you online.
The round one year decals expire 6/30/2008. If your term here at the college has not expired, please stop by the office to renew your decal.
The square decal with the picture of the main gate is still in effect. Those decals expire 6/30/2009, so we can all relax for one more year. No worries for the mad dash to renew!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
If you are a student but leaving for the summer, you may *NOT* leave your vehicle on campus while you are away. This is to avoid any issues that may arise with your vehicle. You may be thinking, what can happen? Well, if a water main breaks where your car is parked, we have no way of moving the vehicle except for towing it off campus - expensive! Or if a tree falls on your car, and you live in California....well, that's just an unpleasant thought. These are just a couple of the reasons we do not allow vehicle to be left unattended on campus.
Thanks for the question Erin! Keep 'em coming!