Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.19
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date July 14, 2017
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Colorado College
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ian Johnson
Sustainability Director
Office of 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:

Lockers and several showers are available for bicycle commuters at the Adam F. Press Fitness Center. Access to the facility is free for undergrad and grad students, full-time and part-time faculty and staff, contracted full-time staff, and board of trustee members. In addition, the Russell T. Tutt Science Center provides one shower for bicycle commuters.

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:

Bike racks have been installed outside of all campus buildings and large, bike storage sheds are located outside of two of the largest residential halls.

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:

All buildings on campus are connected by shared bicycle/pedestrian paths as outlined in the campus master plan. Mountain Metropolitan Transit operates a bus stop (transportation node) on the corner of Nevada and Cache la Poudre St.

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 Colorado College Bike Share was implemented in the fall of 2015. Students may check out a bike for one day or for a month.

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:

Colorado College provides a free shuttle service for getting around the Colorado Springs downtown area. Real-time GPS tracking and text message notification are accessible to students to provide them with accurate wait time estimates at shuttle stops. The shuttle runs Wednesday through Saturday evening from 9PM to 2 AM and on Saturday from 12:15 to 5PM.

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:

Colorado College Campus Safety offers a shuttle service for last-resort return rides. They encourage students, faculty, and staff to look into other opportunities for transport before resulting to the campus safety shuttle program.

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:

Colorado College offers several programs to promote ride sharing. First, the College offers a shuttle to transport students to the Denver International Airport and the Colorado Springs Airport on major travel days for a fee much smaller than that of a taxi. Furthermore, the College community has created a Facebook page, CC Ride Share, that helps to connect students seeking rides with those seeking traveling companions and/or gas money. Finally, the FreeRiders Union of Colorado College, a college-funded student group, offers a van service to Breckenridge Mountain on Saturdays during the ski season.

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:

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:

Colorado College has a Level 1 & 2 ChargePoint public charging station in the Slocum Residential Hall parking lot.

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:

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:

Parking fees on campus offer an incentive for employees of the college to live close to campus, allowing them to avoid fees by walking, riding bikes, etc.

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:

Started by students in 2008, the CC Bike Co-op aims to empower people to maintain and repair their own bikes and to negate the necessity of cars within a five-mile radius of campus. The co-op offers free classes in bike repair and maintenance. Student volunteers also keep a self-service bike shop stocked with tools, workbenches, and used parts. They also gather abandoned bicycles, “resurrect them” to keep them from becoming trash, and sell the refurbished bikes.The co-op is located in the garages along the parking lot in front of Tutt Science Center, on Uintah. It is open and staffed weekday afternoons, with classes held each block to teach basic bicycle maintenance. Additionally, the CC Bike Share incentivizes students and employees to bike even if they themselves do not have the means to purchase a bike. They may rent a bike for a day or the block to use at their own discretion.

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