Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.74
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 28, 2014
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Florida Gulf Coast University
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.88 / 2.00 Katie Leone
Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Health & Safety
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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 and changing rooms are provided in multiple areas to encourage
bicycling to campus. Covered bicycle storage is available to students in housing.

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 are numerous bike racks throughout the campus including covered parking in some of the residential facilities.

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:

The Pedal Power Bike program is a bike share system in place to decrease traffic congestion, limit carbon emissions and encourage health and physical exercise at FGCU and the surrounding community. Bike Sharing is practiced all over the country in many different settings and the Pedal Power program is FGCU’s commitment to incorporate these initiatives into campus life.

Campus Recreation manages the program. During the 2013-14 academic year we had 8 bikes available for rent, 85 total rentals, and we had a total of 50 people who were entered in the waiting list over the course of the year.


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:

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):

Shuttles only operate during the Fall and Spring Terms

On campus housing shuttles operate any day classes are in session during the Fall and Spring semesters, from 7:00am-10:00pm. The shuttles operate continuously approximately every 15 minutes. North shuttle operates from McTarnaghan Hall to each laundry room in North Lake Village. South shuttle operates from the front of Palmetto Hall to McTarnaghan Hall. By request stop will be made at Music/Arts loop. Return route to south housing includes a stop at the Music/Arts loop and return to Palmetto Hall.

West Lake Village shuttle operates Monday-Friday from 7:00am to 10:00pm. The shuttle will pick-up at the circle in front of the WLV office, at the top and bottom of the hour. The last shuttle leaving WLV with riders will be at 9:00pm. Return trips will be from the Student Plaza, and will leave at :15 and :45 past each hour.

Gulf Coast Town Center Shuttle schedule

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:

Participation in the Ride2FGCU ridematching service includes enrollment into Commuter Services, a FREE program by the Florida Department of Transportation, and sponsor of the Emergency Ride Home (ERH) 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:

Environmental Health and Safety has partnered with Student Government to provide www.Ride2FGCU.com, a secure online rideshare matching system designed to assist students, staff, and faculty in finding ridesharing partners who work or study at FGCU.

Ride2FGCU also assists the FGCU community to find other biking, walking, and bus commuters; as well as rideshares for one-time car trips.

The service is free of charge faculty, staff, and students of FGCU.

Parking passes are slightly discounted for students and employees using hybrid and electric vehicles. http://www.fgcu.edu/Parking/decalfees.html

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:

Students at FGCU can rent a car by the hour, daily, or overnight through Enterprise Car Share. Students that live on campus are encouraged to use this as a way to get around instead of bringing a car to campus during summer orientation sessions. There are currently over 80 students enrolled in Enterprise Car Share at FGCU, and about 10-15 core users that rent the vehicle regularly.

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 an electric vehicle recharge station outside of the President's office where Dr. Bradshaw charges his vehicle.

For more information please see:

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:

Historically, classes were only held on Monday-Thursday which decreased the amount of days that required commuter students and faculty to commute to campus. However, due to limited space and increased enrollment FGCU will initiate Friday classes starting in the Fall of 2014.

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:

FGCU has a partnership with Coconut Point Ford that gives FGCU students and employees a discount making electric and hybrid vehicles more affordable. Through this partnership, FGCU students and employees receive the same discount as Ford employees, which allows them to purchase cars at the dealer's cost. The Coconut Point Ford dealership also makes FGCU customers aware of the Ford Federal Tax Rebates that they would qualify for on hybrid and electric cars in addition to this discount.

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

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