U Nebraska Omaha Expands Bus Ridership Program

Beginning in early 2016, university students, staff and faculty will be able to use their university identification card as a Metro Transit bus pass. The expansion of university’s transportation program will provide bus access to more than 15,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff. This expansion is jointly funded by the university's Student Government Association and Parking Services.

Colleges and Universities Creatively Addressing Transportation Woes

New parking lots, bike and car-sharing, and subsidized or free public transportation are growing options at colleges and universities in the U.S. that seek to reduce transportation woes on campus says the Los Angeles Times. Solutions can be complicated by increased enrollment and building costs, however finding creative and new alternatives is paramount.

Calhoun CC Offers Alternative Transportation to Employees

The college recently purchased four bicycles and a tricycle as part of a pilot program for the faculty and staff of the math, science and administration building on its Decatur campus.

Penn State Powers Fleet EVs with Solar Energy

After purchasing electric vehicles for campus workers, the university invested in photovoltaic panels to charge the EVs as opposed to grid power, which is predominantly fueled by coal. Students from various majors volunteers to help with installation of the system.

U Washington Receives Accolades for Transportation Leadership

The Intelligent Transportation Services of America, the Washington State Department of Transportation and the governor's administration recently honored the university for advancing the use of electric vehicles (EVs) on campus through adding 14 EVs this year with an expected total of 42 by June 2016. Five parking lots have six permanent charging stations, including nine temporary stations.

Bicycle Friendly University Recognizes 49 Institutions

The League of American Bicyclists announced a new round of designations that recognize campuses making bicycling an integral part of the college experience. There are now 127 Bicycle Friendly Universities (BFU) in 42 states. Colorado State University, Portland State University, Stanford University and University of Minnesota claim Platinum status, BFU's highest distinction.

U Illinois Chicago Biking Club Delivers Food to Homeless

Uneaten food from the university's Dining Services helps feed people at a nearby homeless shelter. Thanks to students in a campus biking club, the College of Cycling coordinates weekly volunteer bike rides to deliver between 30 to 80 pounds of food. This initiative helps to reduce campus waste, increase bicycle education and build partnerships with the city.

Utah State U Wins 'National Bike Challenge'

Placing first in the university division of the National Bike Challenge, 220 university members that registered for the competition rode 76,157 miles, burned over four-million Calories, averted 28,604 pounds of carbon dioxide and saved $17,957.

U Utah Launches Ride Sharing Service

Partnering with Zimride by Enterprise, the university now offers an online ride-matching service that leverages the power of social media. By integrating with Facebook, Zimride connects drivers and passengers within a private university network heading to the same area.

U Wisconsin Milwaukee Rolls Out Bike

With marked lanes on many streets and miles of dedicated paths, this fall the opportunity to enjoy biking throughout the community will be much easier for students with help of six new Bublr stations totaling 230 bikes. Bublr Bikes offers students free, 60-minute passes for one year.

Purdue University Launches Bike-Share Program

As a means of providing fun, clean and convenient transportation, the university recently announced the official launch of the Purdue Bike Share program, allowing members to use bicycles for varying lengths of time. Costs to use the system are based on the duration of usage.

U Kentucky Improves Connectivity for Bicyclists and Pedestrians

Because commuting cyclists faced limited and difficult options for traveling to and from campus, the university funded the construction of a new shared-use path and the city provided way-finding and pavement markings that link an existing bicycle route to a new campus facility.

U Kentucky Announces Bicycle Voucher Program

Inspired by the success of the University of Louisville's Earn-a-Bike Program, the University of Kentucky's Parking and Transportation Services' new pilot program is giving up to 100 students a $400 voucher for a local bike shop in exchange for not bringing a motor vehicle to campus for two years. The program aims to encourage commuters to consider alternatives to the single passenger vehicle.

Cornell U Offers Free EV Charging

Since demand for vehicle charging stations on campus has grown due to popularity of hybrid and all-electric vehicles, university Transportation Services now offers free electric vehicle charging and preferential parking for low-emission and alternative fuel vehicles.

U Maryland Earns Honors for Bike to Work Day

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments recently presented the 2015 Commuter Connections Bike to Work Day Employer Challenge award to the university. With 161 campus registrants at various pit stops, the university is among the top bike-friendly employers in the region.

Elon U Receives Honors for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

The university was recently recognized by the Triangle Clean Cities Coalition for supplanting petroleum use with biodiesel and electricity, avoiding use of more than 17,000 gallons of gasoline over the past year.

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.

U Wisconsin Milwaukee Participates in Town-Gown Bike Challenge

In an effort to bolster biking as an alternative mode of transportation, the university and other nearby colleges created a new challenge in this year's National Bike Challenge by creating a league competition against the local government.

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

Ohio State U Enters Negotiations with Bike Sharing Company

The recent negotiations, if agreed upon, will bring Zagster, a bicycle-sharing system, to campus with 115 bicycles including tandem, hand cycle, electric assist, heavy duty, and three-wheeled cargo bikes.

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.

California State U East Bay Commences Bike Rental Service

(U.S.): The new hourly bicycle rental service through the third party Zagster has 10 bikes at two locations to provide a convenient and affordable form of transportation for students.

Indiana U Northwest Introduces EV Charging Stations

(U.S.): The two new electric vehicle charging units will accommodate four vehicles in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from commuting.

SUNY New Paltz Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

(U.S.): As part of the university's overall campus sustainability plan, the six new stations were installed to prepare for an increase of electric vehicles on campus.

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.

Indiana U Purdue U Indianapolis Offers New Transportation Option

(U.S.): The recently launched Campus Commute shuttle system gives faculty, staff, students and administrators the option to ride mass transit between the university's Indianapolis and Bloomington campuses.

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.

Western Washington U to Test Electric Vehicles on Campus

Due to the large number of vehicles used on campus, in January 2015, university Facilities Management employees will try out several kinds of electric vehicles to determine how they can be used to reduce carbon emissions.

Seattle U Adds Six Electric Vehicles to Shuttle Fleet

(U.S.): Two hybrid Ford Escapes were replaced by six Nissan Leafs saving the university $110 per month in addition to maintenance and gas savings. The university negotiated three charging stations for free.

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.