U Kentucky Partners to Provide Campus With Free Public Transit
In an effort to strengthen its relationship with the city, the university and the Lexington Transit Authority, better known as Lextran, have partnered to offer faculty, staff and students free transit on Lextran bus routes simply by showing a valid identification card.
Pennsylvania State U Helps Earn Cycle-Friendly Status
Walk Score, a company that gathers data about a location’s walkability, bikeability and access to public transit, recently ranked State College, the town surrounding the university, in the top 10 most bicycle-friendly cities. Walk Score rated 154 cities based on a locations bike lanes, hills, destinations and road connectivity, and bike commuting mode share.
U Oregon Selects New Bicycle Registration Partner
With bike thievery the single largest category of crimes on the university's campus, Project 529 allows campus community members to easily register their bicycle, and includes an identity sticker that allows police officers to easily identify the true owner.
Northwestern U Creates Electric Vehicle Strategy
Given that transportation is the third largest contributor to the university’s greenhouse gas emissions, the university has replaced some of facility's trucks with small, electric trucks and installed four electric vehicle charging stations. Campus commuters and visitors who drive electric hybrid vehicles can recharge for free at the stations.
Tufts U Adds Electric Motorcycle to Police Fleet
As part of the university's sustainability goals, the electric motorcycle is able to reach more areas than the previous cruiser and can be plugged into a standard electrical outlet giving the battery an eight-hour charge.
U Washington Installs Bicycle Safety Equipment on Trucks
In an effort to reduce fatalities among bicyclists and pedestrians in side-impact collisions with campus box trucks, the newly installed side guards cover the space between the front and rear wheels on trucks with high ground clearance, shielding bicyclists and pedestrians from being run over by a truck’s rear wheels.
Morehead State U Receives $18K Grant for Bicycle Safety
The university recently received an $18,921 grant from the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission to inform and educate citizens of Morehead and the campus community about bicycle and pedestrian safety through the development of educational programs. The grant activities include the establishment of bike lanes. Editorial Photo Credit: Lilyana Vynogradova / Shutterstock.com
California State U Monterey Bay Adds EV to Police Fleet
(U.S.): The university's police commander recently received a grant from the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District to purchase the efficient, all electric Nissan Leaf, which will be used for civilian employees of the department.
City College Opens Campus Bike Shop
Embracing alternative transportation plans that encourage cycling, the new do-it-yourself bike repair shop allows students, faculty and staff to learn how to fix their bike and purchase bicycle parts and accessories. The shop will also host education classes and bike-focused events.
Syracuse U to Start Bike Sharing Program
Because of a pilot bike-share initiative being organized by the university's Student Association, students will soon be able to use bikes for free, only paying fees if bikes are late, lost or damaged.
Utah State U Pilots Employee Bike Program
The university is going to conduct a pilot program later this year that allows employees who bike to work to be reimbursed up to $240 a year for commuting costs. It's part of federal legislation enacted in 2009 under the Renewable Energy Tax Credit that adds bicycle commuting to the list of qualified transportation fringe benefits covered in the IRS code.
Texas State U Creates Bike-Sharing Program
Abandoned and unclaimed bikes on campus get a second life through the recently launched bike-sharing program that allows the campus community to experience cycling without the cost.
U Cincinnati Opens Bike Workstation
(U.S.): The university's new Bike Kitchen gives students a place to come learn how to work on their own bikes for free, and offers bikes for free rental for three days at a time.
USA Today: Campus Bike Reuse Programs
(U.S.): The recently released article points out some universities and colleges that are collecting unwanted bikes, repairing them to working order, and lending them to students who might not otherwise be able to afford a bicycle.
Lehigh U Adopts Ride Sharing Platform
The university's new contract with Zimride allows the campus community to set up carpools with others at the university, saving money from fuel purchases and in some instances, campus parking permits.
U North Carolina Charlotte Receives $64K Electric Vehicle Funding
One Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project grant for $12,000 enabled the university to purchase a vehicle battery monitoring system that checks, measures and calculates certain battery parameters to determine the health of the battery in order to save money on battery purchases. A second grant for $52,000 will fund the purchase of 20 on-campus charging stations for electric vehicles. Electric vehicle owners will be able to charge for free during the two-year grant period.
Millersville U Expands Bikeability
Spurred by the support of the president, a biking enthusiast, the university now has additional bike racks and two new bike repair stations, and has plans to install bike lockers in new resident halls.
Southern Oregon U Partners to Reduce Student Mileage
Part of a statewide "Drive Less. Save More." campaign, the university is working with the Oregon Department of Transportation and a district authority to reduce the number of miles driven by university students by providing information to students about the benefits of traveling by foot, bike, skateboard, bus and shared car. The program's goals are to to reduce traffic, increase parking availability on campus, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
North Central College Bolsters Electric Vehicle Use
(U.S.): By joining the U.S. Department of Energy's Workplace Charging Challenge, the university pledges to develop a plan to maintain and promote electric charging stations on campus. The university owns two all-electric, zero-emission fleet vehicles and two electric charging stations.
U Indonesia to Prohibit Vehicles on Campus
(Indonesia): In an effort to reduce emissions from vehicles on campus, the university recently announced plans to build three 3,000-vehicle parking structures on the outskirts of its campus where students and faculty will be required to park and ride the bus or bicycle to campus.
Utah State U Administers Ridesharing Program
(U.S.): In an effort to reduce single-occupant vehicle use, the university recently initiated the ridesharing service Zimride hoping to make carpooling easier for students, faculty and staff.
Northwestern U to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
In an effort to encourage the campus community to make more sustainable transportation decisions and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the university is installing four charging stations to be used for free by commuters and visitors that drive electric vehicles (EVs).
Villanova U Introduces Bike-Share Program
Created by the university's President's Environmental Sustainability Committee, the new 30-bike program is designed for students who need to travel off-campus and do not have an alternative transportation option. In addition to free bike use, students are provided with a lock, winter storage and free maintenance.
Bridgewater College Incorporates Solar Powered Pedal Car
(U.S.): A cost of $6,000 and load capacity of 150 pounds, the ELF (Electric, Light, Fun) vehicle, gifted by alumni, is now used by students as part of the campus' student-operated recycling program. The vehicle requires solar, a corresponding range of 15 miles, and/or human power to operate.
Georgia State U Hosts Bike Conference with City
(U.S.): The inaugural bike conference forged discussions, interactive roundtables and new partnerships between the city and the university that will amplify the university's efforts to create a new bicycle plan proposal.
U Illinois Proposes Bike Fee
(U.S.): A recent referendum proposed a $1 student-initiated bike fee that would be slated for creating better bike infrastructure, safety courses and education.
Northwestern U Partners to Bring Bike Sharing to Campus
After discussing the idea of bike sharing for two years, the university's Office of Sustainability is partnering with Divvy, Chicago’s bike-sharing system, to offer discounts to members of the university community in early 2015.
33 Schools Claim Bicycle Friendly University Status
On Campus Sustainability Day the League of American Bicyclists recognized 26 new and seven renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities (BFU) from 20 states. The BFU program is a tool for universities to make bicycling a real transportation and recreation option for all people.
Colorado State U Plans Bicycle Friendly Campus
(U.S.): In conjunction with the City of Fort Collins, the university will complete a plan in November that expands current trails, creates new ones, and installs a permanent closure making a bike and pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare.
Colorado Mountain College Installs EV Charing Station
The college recently installed charging stations at five of their campus locations in an effort to reduce fossil fuel emissions, encourage eco-friendly transportation and move toward carbon neutral campuses with the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.
North Carolina U Pembroke to Install Two EV Charging Stations
(U.S.): After the recent signing of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge, the university prepares to unveil two new electric vehicle charging stations alongside a solar photovoltaic system to offset energy consumption, which will put the university closer to its 2050 carbon neutrality commitment.
U Leicester Introduces Electric Vehicles
(U.K.): In an effort to promote electric vehicle use and boost research, EV charging stations are being installed across campus and university scientists are modifying EVs with sensors to capture air pollution related to urban air quality.
West Carolina U Recognized for Sustainability
(U.S.): University students received top placement for the presentation of their capstone projects at a state conference. One concept involved finding sustainable solutions for commuter students while the other was a computer science undertaking to develop apps to track the local mass transit shuttles in order to increase ridership.
Coastal Carolina U Launches Transportation Program
Aiding the campus' efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle and create a cleaner environment, Teal Transportation brings together biking, car sharing, ridesharing and the campus shuttle in one convenient program, which was promoted at orientation events.
U Virginia to Begin Bike Sharing Program
(U.S.): Later this summer, the university will unveil a fleet of 120 rentable bicycles in an effort to give the community a midday alternative transportation option.
Colgate U Unveils EV Charging Station
The new electric vehicle charging station intends to make sustainable transportation a more viable option for the campus community and contribute to the university's quest to attain carbon neutrality by its bicentennial in 2019.
Illinois Community Colleges Promote Electric Vehicles
In a show to demonstrate how community colleges have helped strengthen the state's electric vehicle infrastructure, the Illinois Green Economy Network, a consortium of all 39 Illinois community college districts, is planning a three-day road trip to 11 community colleges that have EV charging stations.