Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 80.84
Liaison Alex Davis
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2017
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Arizona State University
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Corey Hawkey
Assistant Director
University Sustainability Practices
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:

Arizona State University has bike lockers within a secured area of the Fulton Parking Structure and the Biodesign Institute. Additionally, there are four card-access bicycle parking facilities open only to students, faculty and staff who have registered bicycles.

Shower facilities for bicycle commuters are available in Wrigley Hall as well as the Sun Devil Fitness Complex and the TPS office.  

Does the institution provide short-term bicycle parking for all occupied buildings and makes long-term bicycle storage available for students who live on-site (if applicable)?:

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

There are approximately 23,950 bicycle parking spots on the Tempe campus in addition to the above-mentioned bicycle storage facilities, which can be used for both short-term and long-term parking as needed. Bicycle racks – horizontal and vertical – are available for all occupied campus buildings - including residence halls. Several residence halls have fenced-in interior courtyards. Where possible, bike racks are located within these courtyards for on-campus student use. Additionally, there are three manned bicycle valet stations that can accommodate up to 500 bicycles between the hours of 7:15am and 9:00pm.

An ASU student or employee must first register his/her bike with ASU to use the card-access bike parking facility (can be used for long-term parking). The registration process consists of bringing one’s bicycle and ASU ID card to a campus Parking and Transit Services office or to one of the three bike valet stations on the Tempe campus. A bike ambassador then takes the student/employee’s contact information; make, model, color and serial number of the bike; and takes a picture of the bike with its owner. All of the information, including the picture, is uploaded into a centralized bike registration database. This thorough process of bike registration before allowing a cyclist to use the facility is meant to create a parking environment conducive to mutual respect for other bike owners. Bike registration can also aid in the recovery of a bike in the event it is stolen.
Cyclists are required to securely lock their bicycles within the facility with at least one U-lock and cable with lock, or two U-locks.

Does the institution have a bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy (or adhere to a local community plan/policy) that sets standards and practices for campus streets to enable safe access for all users?:

A brief description of the bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy:

There are two plans that address bicycle and pedestrian access to campus streets and malls.  The Campus Access Plan governs safe sharing and access for bicycles, pedestrians, wheeled devices, carts, and vehicles, and the Bicycle Master Plan outlines goals and objectives for bicycle access and accommodation at ASU.  The plans govern the "Walk-Only Zone" - a pedestrian area where wheeled vehicles are not allowed Monday - Friday from 8am to 4pm.  Additionally there are shared path markings throughout the campus to provide way-finding for cyclists and promote pedestrian and cyclist safety. Campus streets use shared-lane markings, bike boxes, bike lanes, and a contra-flow bike lane to promote a safe cycling culture. 

Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

The Bike Co-op on the Polytechnic Campus provides bicycles for students, staff, and faculty to check out for no charge.  The Bike Co-ops on Tempe, Polytechnic, and Downtown campuses provide reduced-cost tools, parts, and assistance to repair bicycles.                                                                                        

In 2009, Arizona State University established a Departmental Bike Sharing Program at the Tempe campus within the Global Institute of Sustainability. Building occupants can checkout a bicycle online as they do for an electric cart. This program is available university-wide.

The City of Tempe will be installing a city-wide bike share by the end of fiscal year 2017 which ASU will provide funding towards, and participate in fully. There are several stations planned for the perimeter of ASU's campus.

Does the institution offer free or reduced price transit passes and/or operate a free campus shuttle for commuters?:

A brief description of the mass transit programs:

The Arizona State University U-Pass provides unlimited access to all four campuses and greater Phoenix on Valley Metro bus routes and the METRO light rail. The U-Pass is available to students, faculty, and staff for a discounted rate. There are also free intercampus shuttles from the Tempe campus to each of the other Arizona State University campuses and a free on-campus shuttle service at the Tempe campus.

Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:

Arizona State University’s Guaranteed Ride Home program is part of the ASU Trip Reduction Plan that is submitted to the County and is for those who have employee transit passes or are registered carpoolers. An individual is first asked to check to see if any of their colleagues can offer transportation. If not, then the university will coordinate a taxi ride. The taxi ride limit is $20 per individual.

Does the institution participate in a car/vanpool or ride sharing program and/or offer reduced parking fees or preferential parking for car/vanpoolers?:

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:

The University offers a carpool matching program through the regional Valley Metro website. ShareTheRide.com provides University students, faculty and staff with access to a secure, private carpool matching database.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program, such as a commercial car-sharing program, one administered by the institution, or one administered by a regional organization?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

ASU has partnered with Enterprise Car Share to provide the University community with a sustainable alternative to personal automobile use. The program consist of 30 cars across all five campuses.

Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:

Arizona State University’s Parking & Transit Services (PTS) is partnering with car charging of America, a leader in clean electric transportation solutions, to provide six, Level 2 Blink electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on the ASU Tempe campus.

Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

The University offers telecommuting for its employees. Telecommuting guidelines have been established to ensure that fair and consistent treatment, criteria and standards are established before a Supervisor can consider any requests. Each Supervisor can decide for themselves whether to offer telecommuting. The only criteria for the Supervisor is that the office must have sufficient coverage.

Does the institution offer a condensed work week option that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

Employees may work different schedules to provide the necessary services to the university community, to expedite a unit's work flow or to accommodate an individual employee's needs. Supervisory approval is required for all changes to any work schedules. There are two typical condensed work week option, although other options are available per discussion and approval by the employee and supervisor. The two typical schedules are: Four-day/40-hour work week and Nine-day/80-hour, two-week work week.

Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:

Employees are eligible to live in small individual houses on the Polytechnic Campus, once all interested students have been accommodated. Further, the heavy public transportation subsidy provided by the University is an incentive for living closer to its campuses.

Does the institution employ other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting (e.g. preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles, cash-out of parking programs)?:

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:

ASU Transit Services has: Created three new position titled Customer Service Specialist to assist with bike valets, bike enforcement, WOZ enforcement and bicycle roundups. The Bicycle Program Manager and the CSS’s primary responsibilities will be to develop, implement and maintain programs and activities that encourage bicycle usage on and off campus. The Manager will be the lead liaison in connecting bike commuters with services that can help them maintain their bikes and stay safe on the roads. The program manager and CSS's will also assist cyclists with incorporating other modes of transportation that contribute to ASU sustainability goals into their daily commutes. Offers three FREE bicycle valet service, a first-of-its-kind amenity on the Tempe campus. The attended bicycle parking services offers room for up to 150 bicycles and skateboard racks at all three locations. Students, faculty and staff drop their bike or skateboard off with the valet attendant who issues them a ticket number. When they are ready to leave, they present their ticket to the valet to retrieve their bike or skateboard.

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