Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.81
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 28, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Florida Gulf Coast University
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.60 / 2.00 Jade Chalkley
EH&S Research Assistant
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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 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:

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

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:

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. The program allows students to check out a bike and helmet free of charge for up to a week.

Campus Recreation manages the program. During the 2016-17 academic year, we had 10 bikes available for rent, and 177 total rentals and we had a total of 115 people who were entered on the waiting list with a 3-5 day turnover over the course of the year.

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:

Shuttles only operate during the Fall and Spring Terms
On campus housing shuttles operate any day that 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, a stop will be made at the 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
In addition to free shuttles provided by Gulf Coast Town Center and FGCU. Lee County public transit’s Lee Tran Busses offer discounted rates for students. Per trip cash fare is normally $1.50 and with student discount it is $0.75 for Lee Tran bus transportation.

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:

FGCU students, faculty, and staff may enroll FDOT Commuter Services's Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program. Please see the following website for details: http://www.1800234ride.com/emergencyridehomeprogram

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:

Wheeli is a carpool matching system designed to assist students in finding ride sharing partners. Wheeli connects students with cars and student passengers looking for rides. Students split driving costs automatically and easily through the app.

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

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

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 Zipcar. 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 2 available cars. One is parked outside the Cohen Center and the other is parked in South Village. Membership has steadily increased since the program’s inception and grew by 65% in FY 16-17. There are 253 members to date and on average 25 unique members per month book a reservation.

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:

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:

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:

Parking passes are slightly discounted for employees using fuel-efficient vehicles. http://www.fgcu.edu/Parking/decalfees.html

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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