Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.24
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date April 30, 2015
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Dickinson College
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tyce Herrman
Projects Coordinator
Center for Sustainability Education
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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:

Showers are available for bicycle commuters to use in two academic buildings: Rector Science Complex and Althouse Hall. Rector also has lockers. Showers and lockers are available in the Kline Fitness Center. The Handlebar, our on-campus bicycle co-op, serves as a workspace for students, faculty, and staff to work on bikes, assist each other with bike maintenance, and learn bike repair skills. Additionally, the Center for Sustainability Education offers long-term indoor winter and summer bike storage annually so that bike owners have a safe place to secure their bike out of the weather. We also offer long-term indoor storage when students study abroad. Outdoor storage is available at bike racks located at all academic and residential buildings. Currently, there are two covered bike racks and several that use building overhangs as sheltering. Additionally, one of the campus-owned apartments has a secured indoor bike room. More rooms are being identified around campus for further indoor bike storage.

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:

There is not long-term (protected and secured beyond basic bike rack) bicycle storage available within 100 m of all residence halls. There is long term bike storage available for the winter, summer, and during study abroad. See Dickinson's Bike Rack and Resource Map for locations and photos: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/dickinsonbikes/the-greater-cycling-community/bike-rack-map-of-campus/

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:

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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

Dickinson College Department of Public Safety administers the College Red Bike Program. Dickinson Red Bikes are available for daily free loan. The 20 red bikes and related safety equipment are for the use of Dickinson College students, their visiting family members, and Dickinson College faculty and staff and their family members. In 2013, the 20 Red Bikes were checked out a total over 1,500 times. 18 new bikes, locks, & helmets were purchased in August 2013.

The Dickinson College Center for Sustainability Education also manages over 55 bicycles in their Green Bike Program. Green Bikes are available to faculty, staff, and students for free semester long loan - green bike users are required to provide a $25 refundable deposit. These bikes were rebuilt & refurbished in The Handlebar, our on-campus bicycle co-op. All green bikes come with a helmet and lock for use during the semester. The Green Bike Program began in Summer 2012, and consistently checks out 100% of the fleet.

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:

Dickinson is a "silver" rated BFU, 1 of 2 BFU's in Pennsylvania. Dickinson was certified in October 2014. http://blogs.dickinson.edu/dickinsonbikes/bicycle-advisory-committee/bicycle-friendly-university-feedback-report/

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):

In Fall 2012, our student senate voted to contribute funds annually to support a partnership with local bus service. In exchange, Dickinson students, faculty, and staff can ride the new local bus service for free by showing their Dickinson ID. Dickinson offers a shuttle to students going home for breaks to/from major city locations within a two-hour radius. Additionally, there is a weekend shuttle service available for trips to Harrisburg, PA.

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:

All Dickinson employees who use any alternative mode(s) of transportation are eligible for the Emergency Ride Home program by registering with our organizational partner, Commuter Services of Pennsylvania.

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:

Dickinson has a rideshare and commuter matching website through RidePost and through Commuter Services of Pennsyvlania. Dickinson.ridepost.com

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:

Our Zipcar program service is available to students and employees.

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:

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:

Dickinson College supports a telecommuting option on a case-by-case basis. Administrators and faculty have the ability to remotely connect to their desktop via a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN allows faculty and staff to work from anywhere outside the office. Most often, this program is used by faculty during the summer months.

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 college allows all support staff and administrators of the college to develop flexible schedules that meet the needs of the department and the individual. Flexible scheduling is in effect the day after Commencement through the day before Student Orientation. All flexible work schedules must be approved by the employee’s supervisor and department head in advance of actually working the schedule. Flexible schedules may not be established that exceed the total hours budgeted. Employees may not establish flexible schedules that include working more than 40 hours in a single seven-day workweek. For example, employees may not set up schedules that include working 45 hours in one workweek and 35 hours in the next workweek to make up a full 80-hour pay period. Examples of the types of schedules that may be considered at the request of the employee and approved at the discretion of the supervisor and department head include: Full-time employees who normally work seven hours a day, five days a week, a 35-hour workweek (70-hour two-week pay period), may work a combination of predetermined seven-, eight-, nine- and 10-hour days that equal 70 hours of work over the two-week pay period, which permits the employee to take off one day each week or one day every two weeks. Remember, though, that the total hours worked in any one week cannot exceed 40. Full-time employees who normally work eight hours a day, five days a week (a 40-hour workweek) may work four 10-hour days and take the fifth day off. Or a schedule might be set up, for example, so the employee works a combination of hours that permit the employee to take off every Friday at noon or some other predetermined day at noon. Any other schedule that supervisors and department heads agree to that does not exceed budgeted work hours, that does not exceed working 40 hours in any one seven-day workweek and that is appropriate and reasonable, is acceptable.

A copy of the handbook in which this section is included can be sent by request.

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:

Dickinson offers full-time employees a home-buyer program that provides assistance for buying a home in a designated area in downtown Carlisle near the college. Incentives include a ‘forgiveness loan’ of up to $2000 and a no-interest deferred payment loan of up to $5000 to help with closing costs and down-payments. These benefits are also available to first-time home-buyers.

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:

Dickinson annually participates in Bike to Work Day.

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

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