Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.05
Liaison Jessica Krejcik
Submission Date May 26, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Concordia University
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Chantal Forgues
Sustainability Coordinator
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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:

Concordia Secure Bike Parking:
- The Secure Bike Parking facility is a locked cage provided with bike racks — offering a higher level of security for commuters against theft. It is located in the underground parking garage of the McConnell Library (LB) building.
- All Concordians (student, staff & faculty) can register to have access to the facility which has a capacity of 75 members.
- The Secure Bike Parking's goal is to provide a safe place for your bike, protected from the weather, while giving you the luxury and convenience of being able to shower as our “thank you” for choosing a sustainable method of transportation.
- Users have access to bike tools in the facility + small individual lockers (lock not included). They have also access to Le Gym’s shower facilities to freshen up before class or work.

Does the institution provide short-term bicycle parking (e.g. racks) within 50 ft (15 m) of all occupied, non-residential buildings and make long-term bicycle storage available within 330 ft (100 m) of all residence halls (if applicable)?:

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

- Short-term bicycle parking/racks are located around most of the Universities' buildings (both on the downtown SGW campus and the Montreal-West Loyola campus).
- Long-term bicycle storage is available downtown through the Secure Bike Parking facility, located 350m from the Grey Nuns student residences.

Does the institution have a “complete streets” or bicycle accommodation policy (or adhere to a local community policy) and/or have a continuous network of dedicated bicycle and pedestrian paths and lanes?:

A brief description of the bicycle/pedestrian policy and/or network:

Concordia University is located in Montreal and benefits from the city's extensive cycling network. The main Demaisonneuve dedicated bike lane runs through both of our campuses which is part of the main downtown bike lane network in Montreal. The same bike lane connects both campuses.

For ease of walking for pedestrians many of the University's buildings are connected to each other and the metro station through underground passages allowing the university's pedestrians to avoid streets especially during winter when snow and slush could be a barrier to walking outside.

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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

While Concordia does not run its own bike sharing program, Montreal's municipal bike-sharing program, Bixi has bicycle stations located close to the downtown campus and the Montreal-West campus.

For a specific locations of bicycle stations, see: http://montreal.bixi.com

Is the institution certified as a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists (U.S.) or under a similar third party certification covering non-motorized transportation?:

A brief description of the certification, including date certified and level:

Velo Quebec's Velosympathique certification which certifies organizations based on their demonstrated commitment for cycling culture, infrastructure and active promotion of the activity. We were certified in November 2016 at a Silver level.


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 program(s), including availability, participation levels, and specifics about discounts or subsidies offered (including pre-tax options):

Concordia provides a shuttle between both campuses, with up to four buses operating at once. In all, nearly 80,000 one way trips are conducted annually. The service is free with a valid student ID, an employee ID, or an Alumni ID.

More information on Concordia's shuttle bus is available here:

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

A brief description of the GRT 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:

Concordia offers a ridershare program called "Allego Rideshare Board". Students, staff and faculty can access it to the MyConcordia.ca portal under Other Services / Auxiliary Services.

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:

Concordia currently offers 2 parking spaces to Communauto, at the P5 parking facility, on the Loyola campus. This system has been in place since January 2009.

Communauto is Montreal’s community car sharing service.

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:

There is a Level 2 (208VAC, 30A) charging station located at the Loyola Campus, near the Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics, a LEED-Gold certified building.

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 for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:

A brief description of the condensed work week program:

The Collective Agreement for the Association of Concordia University Management and Administrative Employees (ACUMAE) has a section about flexible work options, including condensed work schedules.

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 incentives or programs to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:

A brief description of other sustainable transportation initiatives and programs:

At least twice per year, Concordia proceed to the "Abandoned Bike Procedure". This formal procedure allows the removal of old/abandoned bicycles that are locked on bicycle racks and diminish the parking capabilities of bicycles on campus.

After a 3 months storage period, unclaimed bicycles are donated to a rehiring/social inclusion company that recycle and refurbish them.

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable transportation program(s) is available:
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