Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.87
Liaison Kat Davis
Submission Date July 16, 2021

STARS v2.2

Boise State University
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Aaron Culver
Assistant Director Transportation, Parking, and Safety Systems
Department of Public Safety
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Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

Yes, there are two "Boise Green Bike" stations on the campus. They are public shared bicycles that can be rented on an hourly basis, and returned to one of 26 locations throughout town. The nearest station is a 4-minute walk from the College and Economics. There is the hope of turning all of Boise State University into a "parking zone" for the Boise Green Bikes which allow Boise Green Bikes to be locked anywhere on campus without penalty. This would dramatically increase the number of bikes on campus, and the frequency they are used.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

CommuterRide. As a program of the Ada County Highway District, our mission is to promote smart commute options through education, rideshare services, and effective partnerships.

We strive to be the Treasure Valley’s go-to resource for Transportation Demand Management (TDM) issues. Transportation Demand Management focuses on moving people and goods, rather than vehicles, by providing convenient and smart transportation alternatives to driving alone. The end result is the more efficient and effective use of the existing transportation network.

Our various TDM activities focus on employers, employees, and residents in and around Ada County. The benefits to the Treasure Valley include maximizing the efficiency of our existing infrastructure and limiting the impacts of traffic in Ada County. In addition, reducing vehicle trips limits air and water pollution, lessens roadway wear and tear, and supports the district's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

2019 Annual Report: We are proud of the many accomplishments and partnerships made in 2019 to further our goal of promoting smart commute options. Take a look at the 2019 Annual Report to see how our work impacts commuters, employers, and the community.

Users of Share the Ride Idaho will enjoy the following benefits:
Match your Trip with Others (carpool and more): Save time, money and reduce your impact by finding fellow residents and employees taking similar trips to match a trip with. Simply set your origin and destination for a regular or one-time trip. Share the Ride Idaho will match the user with others who have a similar travel plan. Users can search and view potential trip matches that are based upon a specific radius from the origin, destination and along the route. Once an original search has been entered, users are able to easily modify their search, save it for later, or go back and review their recent searches. Users should save and share trips as "favorites" so others can match with them.
Explore your Options: Share the Ride Idaho will provide a range of travel options for a user’s trip and the impacts associated with each choice. This will help the user to make an informed decision about their trip.
Track your Impact: Users may track their trip choices to see the impact on their costs and local environment, receive rewards, and compete with fellow residents and employees in your area. By tracking travel choices in a diary, users will receive digital badges that can be shared on social media for actions such as “first alternative trip logged” or “first bicycle trip.” Top performers for each travel mode will also be displayed on a digital leaderboard. Tracking trips may also enter a user in a contest or campaign.

Does the institution offer preferential parking or other incentives for fuel efficient vehicles?:

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

Free electric vehicle charging with the purchase of hourly or permit parking.

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:

We currently have 8 ChargePoint Level 2 charging stations giving us 16 charging ports on campus. They are available to permit holders as well as the general public if they choose to pay for their time. On average we have about 100 different sessions a month with 21 different users a month.

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:

Does the institution have other programs or initiatives to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and/or reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:

A brief description of other programs or initiatives to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and/or reduce the impact of student and employee commuting:

Boise State University is one of 18 campuses across the country to hold a gold designation as a Bicycle Friendly University from the League of American Bicyclists. The campus has many bicycle-friendly features, such as the Cycle Learning Center, bike rentals and purchases, dedicated bike lanes, self-service stations, classes, and more.

The Bronco Shuttle is a free service provided by Boise State University Department of Public Safety, which carries students, faculty, and guests all around campus. The shuttle operates daily on a regular schedule, ensuring that everyone can get where they are going in a timely manner.

During peak hours (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) the shuttle frequency is approximately every eight minutes. During non-peak shuttle hours (5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) shuttle frequency is approximately every fifteen minutes.

Faculty, staff, and students with a valid Boise State Identification number and who meet all eligibility and priority requirements for an annual or semester parking permit may register as a member of a carpool. Faculty and staff must submit a new carpool registration online at the beginning of each fiscal year to Transportation and Parking Services for approval. Students must submit a new carpool registration online at the beginning of each semester to Transportation and Parking Services for approval.


Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainable transportation is available:
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