innovative bike, board & scooter parking solutions
Ground Control Systems®, formerly Park A Bike, is a leading specialty contractor of innovative bike, board, scooter and electric micromobility parking solutions in North America. With over 25 years of experience, we are the choice on over 100 university and college campuses, including UC Davis, University of Kentucky, USC, Michigan State, and countless student/multi-family housing, office buildings and businesses. Ground Control is on the cutting edge of the Micromobility movement, and the infrastructure we create is an integral part of it. We offer innovative, space efficient bike, board, scooter and electric Micromobility storage solutions and services, including CAD layouts and installation from our planning experts.
Our product comes from innovation and our ability to apply it to an industry that has lost its way. We build solutions, not racks. We build for function first and form second. Brilliant? We think so.
The racks you see on campuses, in cities, and in commercial business settings were most likely designed more than 50 years ago. For many developers and planners, the decision-making process is driven by “what is” not “what can be”. This lack of awareness, combined with a cost overrun and budget constraints, has resulted in the continued installation of these outdated racks.
We take a different approach. Our parking solutions are designed for the user, by the user. It’s not about the cost for us. It’s about the experience.
So, what have we done since our last story was told? Everything. In addition to supplying parking solutions across the country, everywhere from the city of Davis to the University of Kentucky, we have also been busy receiving awards. The League of American Cyclists awarded Ground Control Systems as a “Platinum” level bicycle-friendly business, their highest honor. Very few companies can claim this title and we pride ourselves on standing alongside them. Awards like this are why we love what we do.
We are innovators
We are advocates.
We are Ground Control Systems.
The MicroMobility Parking Experts.
The Ground Control Difference
Award Winning Design
Ground Control maintains the high level of excellence we established as Park A Bike, when we received the first ever American Society of Landscape Architects’ People’s Choice Award for the design and function of the Varsity Bike Dock® and the SkateDock™. Ground Control Systems takes this excellence even further, incorporating our step-by-step planning and execution process into each specific project.
Dedicated Team Approach
Ground Control assigns you a dedicated relationship manager that ensures the success of your bike and board parking project. We are with you every step of the way to help you take control of your ground.
The best parking systems come down to a game of inches. We provide the education to help customers understand this game of inches and how a systemic project investment beats simple product costs every time.
Setting The Campus Standard
We are the campus standard and premier planning provider for more than 80 universities and corporate campuses throughout the United States. Ground Control Systems recognizes space, cost effectiveness and ease of use are at the top of the list for customers with the greatest need for the best system.
We help orchestrate successful bike parking and skateboard parking projects from site design to product installation within 30 days.
World Class Solutions
We are devoted to providing world-class bicycle and board parking that go beyond bent pieces of metal. We give you orderly solutions that address footprint, space efficiency and actually encourage ridership.
Unmatched Bike Parking Experience
Bicycle and board friendly parking is not just a goal at Ground Control Systems; it’s our mission. With 25+ years in business and more than 10,000 clients, we have helped set the standard for vastly improved user friendliness for bicycle parking that riders seek out.
Ground Control Systems is located in Sacramento, CA. We have our bike and board parking products in cities and on campuses across the country.
president / co founder
Someone has to be constantly thinking up new strategies while driving the financial plan when they are not sleeping, right?
Co-owner and Chief Strategist, Greg Bauer is That Guy. After creating and building the successful multi-store Rack N Road business (racknroad.com), starting his own manufacturing operation, running a management company, and being an active husband, father and coach, it was only natural to turn another business into the next big thing. Naturally, Ground Control is that business. Greg’s passion for bicycling is a lifelong one, and supporting bicycle friendly initiatives around the nation fits with that passion to a “T.” He identified The Big Problem – racks can be more than a bent piece of metal you can lean your bike against. They can become an intelligent solution. Greg would love to take the Ground Control solution to every university campus and business as much as he would like to figure out the perfect gift for his amazing wife, which is yet another life-long goal.
Donn Van Dusen
vp of Engineering / co founder
Ground Control co-owner and VP of enginnering Donn VanDusen operates in full throttle mode. Statistics show that fewer than 4% of people can highly function on 4 hours of sleep. As an engineer, teacher, innovator, master installer and lead sales agent, Donn is in that 4% and he makes use of every waking moment.
He brings years of knowledge and engineering experience to the job, and that makes him a sought-out resource on major projects and within the industry. He maximizes every inch of space with the most orderly, high security and user friendly products in our industry. Donn lives every day to make an impact in our company. Donn is Ground Control.
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With the most positive disposition around, Nate is the #1 chief deputy and go-to guy in every business we operate. He handles everything from our trade shows to human resources to IT functions to sales connections. His ability to deftly handle multiple duties makes him the definition of Ground Control (next to Donn, of course). There is no job too big or too small for Nate, and he takes on tasks with contagious enthusiasm.
When he isn’t hard at work at the company he is usually sitting on the board of a non-profit, running an event, speaking at a conference or cheering his kids on at a sporting event. He loves to live life making the most of everything and simply making those around him happy.
James Van Dusen
Senior planner / construction manager / RME
James has been with Ground Control from the beginning, during the Park A Bike days. As one of the original members, James is a true student of the bicycle parking industry and a “chip off the old block,” being the son of our Lead Innovator Donn Van Dusen. James uses that experience to develop the next step forward for Ground Control Systems and acts as the team’s licensed installer and project specialist.
By day, James is busy around the office or on job sites looking for efficient solutions. By night, he is a father and manages to indulge in fly fishing and wake boarding whenever he can.
James also manages all installation projects and has put the Ground Control Signature on 100’s of projects
senior estimating and planning manager
Maeli is one of the most multi-talented team members in the company. A long-time rugby player, a football player, and an accomplished musician with his own label make Maeli a jack of all trades. He is our resident over-achiever. Maeli, who can do whatever he sets his mind to has helped run our inside support teams, worked with AutoCad for our technical drawings and did we mention he also has a degree in Accounting? Now Maeli runs our estimating department making sure our contractors are getting on-time delivery of the best products in the country. When you’re looking for someone who exemplifies communication and collaboration, Maeli is our go-to guy.
customer experience team
Project Manager – So Cal / Southwest
Ryan is a student to business and a teacher in life. Ryan just manages everything around him. He runs our Southern California market out of Long Beach, his native city. Ryan’s professional focus has always been on Organizational Structure and aligning goals, process, and culture to mission and a shared vision of the future.
Project Frog put him in the construction space and taught him the realities and archetypal psychologies of architects, General Contractors, and owners in that space. Ground Control Systems sees the future of our business shaped around the demeanor, hard work and passion Ryan brings to everything he tackles. The only issue we have is that he is a Dodgers fan. I guess that is his problem.
Ryan is our educator
Project Manager – Northwest / rockies / canada
We knew it was the right fit when Michael showed up to Ground Control with both cycling chops and parking know-how. He spent the early days of his life as a bike messenger in Washington, D.C., darting around crazy cab drivers and locking his bike to whatever he could every time he delivered a package.
Michael sure appreciates a bicycle friendly environment with proper bike parking. He also knows a good bike… especially the four of his own. When he isn’t busy making college campuses across the country bicycle friendly, Michael keeps busy as a Cat. 2 cyclist and personal trainer.
Michael is our campus and bike shelter expert
Regional sales manager
Keeton comes from a wonderful family of entrepreneurs. He understands the importance of team building and always asks how we can embrace career progression for all. Though he works directly with the President in sales, Ground Control Systems can drop him in any position and he will excel. Keeton is beyond his years with understanding how important the people are around an organization’s success.
Keeton manages some our biggest clients and is currently our scooter rack expert.
Project manager – Northern California
Nicole is networked and brings more sales experience than most of us combined. Her experience in the Silicon Valley Tech Sector was a crash course in business development. Her driven personality would be an asset to any organization. Lucky for us, she has found her home at Ground Control Systems. Nicole works directly with the President with high level strategy, marketing and PR as well as our lead project manager in our home turf in Northern California! We always say that if Nicole can lift a bike onto a vertical bike rack, anyone can. BTW she can!
“Yes”, and “Absolutely” are all words you hear from the man who helps all of us. Chris was integral in starting the business when it was known as Park A Bike 25 years ago. He was also the co-designer of our most popular “Varsity” bike dock. If bike-parking knowledge is King, Chris is the King of our business. Mingy is yet another lifelong cyclist. He is so passionate about cycling and Ground Control’s mission to create better bike parking that he invented the first bike rack to attach to the back of a motorcycle. A man who never slows down and just keeps delivering, he is called “The Legend” around here for good reason.
Sam is one of our many engineers that was asked to take his brilliant mind to help our architects and contractors across the country with the dreaded experience with bike parking layouts. According to Sam, he delivers the best Cad Layouts in the country and he will guarantee that! When your PDF or DWG file shows up in your inbox, great chance that Sam has his signature on it.
Sam has also mastered Revit on all products
northern california installation manager
Berto joined our team with one idea in mind: growth. His efficiency, leadership skills, and mechanical insight allow our installation department to do just that, grow. He is our Northern California installation and planning manager.
He spent the past 5 years managing and growing the first cable wakeboard park in Sacramento and has gained nothing but knowledge, experience, and a passion for outdoor sports. He calls Sacramento home not only for the great beer and food but also with him being an hour away from snowboarding, an hour away from surfing, and a cable park in his backyard; it’s his ideal spot.
Anisa earned a Bachelors Degree in Operations Management from San Francisco State University in 2017. While she loves the cold and gloomy weather that the city by the bay has to offer, her family and friends couldn’t keep her away from Sacramento for longer than a few years.
With her logistical mindset and problem-solving attitude. From Point A to Point B and everything in between. This part of her personality is the reason she acts as the “planner” for all things needing an itinerary outside of work! She loves to travel whenever given the chance – both near and far.
Sorry that Indiana lost Chasity. Their loss was our gain. When you first reach out to the company, you are likely going to meet Chasity. She is sometimes called inside life support for our Sales and Estimating team.
Is it possible to hear a smile? Absolutely.
Another accomplished Engineer from UC Davis, William’s a type-A introverted extrovert; equal parts hardcore analytical data freak and silly man-child. He works in new product development, striving to find elegant and thoughtful solutions to interesting problems.
William is also a professional drummer, teacher, clinician, beer brewer, snowboarder, and rock climber. He’s played gigs in the oddest of places; from the warm sands of Waikiki Beach for the NFL Pro Bowl, to the icy summits of Squaw Valley for the FIS Ski World Cup…and the more ordinary half-court appearances at 4 NBA Finals and Super Bowl MMXVII in San Francisco. Very active in his community, William has spent nearly 10 years serving as a music educator and clinician to youth non-profits all around the Bay and Northern California Area. When he’s not at work you can catch him shredding on the mountain, toughening his skin at the local climbing gym, or enjoying one of Sacramento’s many great breweries.”
Ricardo is a wizard artist, currently working his craft in our marketing team. He’s an expert at capturing visions and bringing them to an audience. Whether it’s illustration, animation or video, he knows how to create the perfect experience.
We are glad Ground Control Systems is where he puts his hard work and effort. He’s a great fit because he enjoys making the systems around him work better, is insightful, and has a genuine appreciation for the accomplishments around him.