Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.16
Liaison Kylee Singh
Submission Date Sept. 19, 2019
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California Polytechnic State University
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kylee Singh
Sustainability Coordinator
Energy Utilities and Sustainability
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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:

7,000 bike rack spaces (added 500 in 2018 w/ ASI/TAPS partnership funding) and 228 secure bike lockers throughout campus (student housing, academic buildings, and outlying parking locations - employees and student use) commuter showers/facilities located in 1 academic building and at the University Welcome Center (access controlled by individual departments), there are bike lockers and racks adjacent to these buildings for ease of biker use.

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:

All students living on campus have access to long-term bicycle storage via 3 bicycle cage locations in Poly Canyon Village.

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:

Parking and Commuter Services offers a tip sheet on their website to encourage and educate students on how to bike safely to and from campus.

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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

Bikeshare and mobility device share has been explored. Working with City on exploration and studies to determine future direction.

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 regional or county bus is called Regional Transit Authority, or RTA, serving from San Miguel to Santa Maria, and the north coast to Morro Bay, with stops at Cal Poly and at the transit hub in San Luis Obispo for any transfers. Cal Poly has subsidized RTA bus passes for our students and employees since 1990 thus allowing for a reduced-price 30-day pass for Cal Poly riders.The city bus, SLO Transit, serves campus directly. Since 1985, Cal Poly has financially supported the city bus system, allowing our students, staff, and faculty to ride the bus at no cost to the rider. Funding comes from parking citation revenue, not from state general funds, nor from student tuition or fees. Find the bus route you need by checking out the SLO Transit Schedule.

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:

The Cal Poly iRideshare program allows ridesharers to get home quickly in case of personal or family illness or emergency. It is available to all faculty and staff who are "registered" and active users of the iRideshare platform and allows staff and faculty to apply for reimbursement for Uber, taci, bus, or other transportation trips in emergency situations.

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:

Vanppol is offered through third party vendors, while Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) subsidizes with fuel fully funded, van parking and 2 free days parking per full participant to accommodate flexibility. currently 7 vanpools running (5 Enterprise, 2 Ride-On local vendor). Moved from Cal Poly owned/operated program in November 2018.

Working with SLOCOG's Rideshare office, Cal Poly’s Commuter Services Coordinator manages the irideshare.org website that matches students and staff interested in carpool groups, tracks modes of travel documented, and provide incentives to staff and faculty who are recording alternative modes of travel to and from campus (vanpool, carpool, bus, walk, bike, run, electric scooter or vehicle). Cal Poly has twelve staff and faculty carpool spaces located throughout campus for registered carpool groups, providing an incentive to those who are willing to organize and register their own personal carpools. On campus there are one hundred and twenty two individual carpoolers registered.

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:

Zipcar provides a self-service, on-demand car sharing program at Cal Poly. To use it, simply register as a member, reserve a car online or by phone, use the Zipcard to unlock the vehicle, and drive away. Return the car to the same location where it was picked it up. 11 vehicles on campus, rent by the day or hour, return to designated parking spot on campus.

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:

Funded by a 2014 California Energy Commission grant, Cal Poly's twelve level 2 electric vehicle charging stations delivered 8,002 charging sessions to 370 EV and plug-in hybrid drivers in 2018, reducing GHG emissions by 24,036 (kg).

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 supports the use of a telecommuting work option in positions where appropriate.  The Telecommuting/Telework program recognizes the benefits available through a planned and managed telecommuting program.  Such an option can save commute time and expense for staff, relieve some of the congestion on campus, provide opportunities for disabled or mobility impaired staff, and offer some uninterrupted time for concentrated work.

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:

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:

Bella Montaña, a unique housing community consisting of sixty-nine individually owned homes, designed exclusively for Cal Poly faculty and staff. As an employee, your commitment to the success of the University and its students is valuable and appreciated. Cal Poly Corporation is proud to offer an affordable way to enhance your quality of life. Bella Montaña was thoughtfully designed and carefully crafted by local supporters of Cal Poly who are known for their exceptional experience and commitment to community.

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:

All EV charging stations and carpool parking spots are located in premium parking lot locations. Additionally, people who register with irideshare.org then track their travel to campus using a sustainable transportation mode (walking, biking, carpooling, vanpooling, etc) receive $0.15 per trip, added to their campus ID card for use at campus dining locations. Free SLO Transit, subsidized regional transit, subsidized vanpool, and monthly and quarterly sweepstakes.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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