Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.85
Liaison Amy Butler
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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Michigan State University
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tim Potter
Manager, Bike Service Center
IPF Sustainability, Recycling & Surplus
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:

MSU offers bike commuters to campus a growing number of resources & benefits in addition to the most obvious, the MSU Bikes Service Center, which is owned/ operated by MSU and open year-round offering full-menu of bike repairs, sales, short and long-term rentals and parts/ accessories for all your transportation biking needs. Additionally, some MSU departments provide bikes and other services to encourage their staff to bike more for a host of reasons; some examples of those services are described on the provided link.We provide 2 secure bike parking facilities on campus available to the MSU community in addition to 3/4 of our residence halls that have indoor secure bike parking rooms for those residents. Lockers and showers are available to all MSU commuters thru our recreational sports facilities on campus for no charge. A leased personal locker benefit program for bike commuters is also available. https://msubikes.wordpress.com/commuter-benefits/. https://msubikes.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/new-secure-bike-parking-facilities-on-campus/


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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

MSU offers bike commuters to campus a growing number of resources & benefits in addition to the most obvious, the MSU Bikes Service Center, which is owned/ operated by MSU and open year-round offering full-menu of bike repairs, sales, short and long-term rentals and parts/ accessories for all your transportation biking needs. Additionally, some MSU departments provide bikes and other services to encourage their staff to bike more for a host of reasons; some examples of those services are described on the provided link.We provide 2 secure bike parking facilities on campus available to the MSU community in addition to 3/4 of our residence halls that have indoor secure bike parking rooms for those residents. Lockers and showers are available to all MSU commuters thru our recreational sports facilities on campus for no charge. A leased personal locker benefit program for bike commuters is also available. https://msubikes.wordpress.com/commuter-benefits/. https://msubikes.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/new-secure-bike-parking-facilities-on-campus/


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy:

"More than half of MSU's roads are equipped with bike lanes and more than 20,000 bicycle parking spaces are designated.  Bicycle usage on campus is governed by ordinance and is required to be registered.  These ordinances in instructions are approved by the Board of Trustees and published.  IN addition, information is contained in the MSU Student Handbook.. MSU Police have also implemented a MOVE SAFE campaign to promote harmony in mobility on campus for the many types of transportation that are in use.  https://movesafe.police.msu.edu/. It provides the guidelines and safety tips for walking, biking, scooters and mo-peds as well as how drivers should react as well.  Remember that University ordinances prohibit biking on sidewalks; drivers must share the road with bicycles, even when marked bike lanes are not available. In the non-motorized section of the Land Use Master Plan - Circulation Priorities in the ""Campus Land Use Master Plan: Update 2017""  http://ipf.msu.edu/_files/pdfs/campus-master-plan-2017.pdf. PLANNING PRINCIPLES RELATED TO CIRCULATION
 Emphasize personal safety in the circulation system’s planning and design.
 Design all roads as complete streets (designed and operated to enable safe, attractive, and comfortable access and travel for all legal users).
 Provide a safe, efficient, and effective transportation network that enhances the overall quality of life on the campus.
 Incorporate traffic-calming measures where appropriate.
 Plan and design for the following circulation priorities:
– pedestrians first;
– bicycles and other forms of non-motorized transportation second;
– mass transit and service vehicles third; and,
– private vehicles last.
 Design for the safety of persons with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disability Act.
 Reduce private vehicular traffic in academic and residential districts.
 Establish a coordinated bicycle system including bike lanes within roadways, dedicated pathways and/or shared-use pathways, and convenient and appropriately sized storage facilities where appropriate."


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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

MSU has multiple bike sharing programs. First, is The MSU Bikes Service Center; an on-campus, University-operated bike shop. They provide bicycle sales, rentals, and repairs to the MSU community. They also offer classes on bicycle repair and safety. MSU also has a "add a bike to your Department Transportation Fleet program". Discounted bike rentals and sales are available for all departments. the ASMSU Bike Share Program is an effort to provide free, non-vehicular transportation options to students with a low cost, effective bike share rental service. The Bike Share Program is a partnership between RHS, REHS, Recreation Sports and Fitness Services, Student Affairs and Services, Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, MSU Bikes and ASMSU. This program was launched to provide students an easier way to get to class, that's envrionmentally safe and eliminates waste on campus (in terms of abandoned bikes at the university). MSU Bikes (the campus bike center) rents bikes for short, medium and long term use. The rental fleet is approx. 400 bikes plus the MSU student government, ASMSU, has funded a bike share system of another 40+ bikes (along with 5 hand-pedal trikes for those unable to pedal with their feet) for use for free by undergraduate students for up to 1 day for no charge. MSU is also in discussions with a regional consortium working towards a bike share system that will serve the whole region. It's expected this system to be operational spring or summer 2019


Does the institution offer free or reduced price transit passes and/or operate a free campus shuttle for commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the mass transit programs:

MSU has a relationship with CATA Bus system. CATA provides Campus bus and special transportation services. Such services include daily transit buses, evening fixed bus route service, later-evening demand response buses [Night Owl], parking shuttle and paratransit buses. Faculty, staff and students ride for free on the campus designated routes. There are six dedicated routes on campus during the week and three on the weekends, plus the later-evening demand response; parking shuttle and paratransit buses. This transit system also connects with the The Capital Area Multimodal Gateway on campus houses the Amtrak Blue Water train stop and three intercity bus services: MegaBus, Greyhound and Indian Trails. Local CATA bus routes stop at the station, and the facility also offers taxicab and bike-sharing services.


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

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:

Riders of CATA bus systems ride for free, thus have a return trip option. IN addition, CATA provides a late night on demand bus route [Night Owl] to assure that students have a return ride even if its beyond the operating hours of the normal bus routes. See this blog post describing the program for bicyclists: https://msubikes.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/emergency-ride-home-extended-to-bicyclists/


Does the institution participate in a car/vanpool or ride sharing program and/or offer reduced parking fees or preferential parking for car/vanpoolers?:
Yes

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:

"There are several resources for making your commute to and from campus easier. Getting around the East Lansing campus is also made easier with CATA and the MSU Bikes Service Center. Find the option that works best for you and go ""Spartan Green!""
https://worklife.msu.edu/commuting-resources
CATA (Capital Area Transit Authority) offers many transportation resources and supports. But did you know that the on-campus bus lines provides free rides around campus with your employee ID? If you're tired of trying to find parking when you have to attend a meeting, try the campus CATA routes. https://www.cata.org/Routes-Schedules/Where-can-I-Ride/MSU-Campus.

MSU Bikes Service Center offers bike rentals and repairs. Biking is a ""green"" way of getting around and getting to work. MSU Bikes provides many resources and support for bike commuting. MSU Bikes also published the first Green Transportation Map for the University, which includes a section on Bicycling Laws & Safety Tips.

Carpooling
Michivan Ride Share - this service is available across the state of Michigan for long-distance commuters. http://www.vpsiinc.com/Home/index.asp?OID=27 or call 1(800)VAN-RIDE (1-800-826-7433).

CATA Clean Commute - CATA provides a matching program to help you find carpoolers in your area. Visit: https://cleancommute.rideamigos.com/#/ - use the Start and Destination boxes to enter your home and work address, then click ""Let's Go!"" Make sure a little check mark appears in each address field before clicking the green button. You'll then get information about any relevant carpools, vanpools, bus routes, bike routes, and walking routes that fit your commute. You can also email cleancommute@cata.org with questions.
Emergency Ride Home - As a participant in the program, you will receive access to two digital vouchers every six months. Each voucher entitles you to one free, 24-hour rental from Enterprise Rent-A-Car OR reimbursement up to $60 for taxi/public transit fare - including Uber and Lyft. If someone is sick, you have a family emergency, you work unplanned overtime or your ride leaves without you, ERH is your back-up plan. Plus, it's totally free! https://www.cata.org/Rider-Information/Clean-Commute-Options/Emergency-Ride-Home.
MSU Parking fees are reduced with a carpool permit. http://police.msu.edu/management-services-bureau/parking-office/. "


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the car sharing program:

"MSU offers seven Zipcar parking locations on campus. Students 18 years and older, including drivers with an international license, can rent a car to use by the hour or day. In addition, as a part of MSU's fleet sharing system, MSU IPF offers ""green vehicles to use from the Infrastructure Plannning and Facilities's Transportation Department. Chevy Bolt all-electric vehicles
Ford Fusion hybrid vehicles.
GMC full-sized Yukon hybrid vehicles
Ford Escape hybrid vehicles
Charter buses that run on biodiesel fuel
Ford C-Max hybrid vehicles
Chevy Express cargo vans (run on propane auto-gas)http://ipf.msu.edu/green/practices/green-transportation.html"


Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:

MSU is encouraging the use of eco-friendly transportation with five electric vehicle charging stations around campus: four stations in the south Spartan Stadium parking lot and one in the parking ramp of the Kellogg Center. They are compatible with the Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Bolt, Ford Transit Connect, Ford Focus Electric, BMW ActiveE and Nissan LEAF. Drivers simply access the station with a credit card, debit card or key fob and plug in the vehicle. It takes approximately four hours to charge a vehicle, after which non-charging cars can be issued parking tickets. A $2.50-per-hour cost covers charging station maintenance and parking, so paying again for parking in the lot is unnecessary. Just show the receipt from the charging station to the parking attendant to have additional parking fees waived. The electric vehicle charging station at the Kellogg Center is part of the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s Plug-in Electric Vehicle Community Project.To make it easier for drivers to find stations, websites and cell-phone applications such as Plug Share, Recargo, CarStations and ChargePointwill tell users where a station is, if a station is available and when their vehicle is done charging.


Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
Yes

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

All approved telecommuting arrangements require both the supervisor and employee to sign a Telecommuting Agreement.  The Telecommuting Agreement specifies the terms and conditions of the agreed upon arrangement, which includes verification that the alternate location provides a workspace that is free from safety and fire hazards. In the agreement, the employee holds the employer harmless from any and all claims from the employee working in the alternate location, except Workers’ Compensation claims. It also documents the responsibilities for both parties and establishes expectations regarding work hours and performance for the employee. It acknowledges the special importance of effective communication between the employee and supervisor in telecommuting arrangements and includes provisions for making communication a priority.


Does the institution offer a condensed work week option that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:
Yes

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

"A condensed work week is a part of the Flexible Work Arrangements available between a supervisor and employee. Flexible work schedules at MSU entail arrangements between supervisors and employees that allow employees to complete their employment duties while working non-traditional schedules.

Flexible Work Arrangements ARE:

Flexible, they include variations in when, where, and/or how work is done
Focused on overall business goals, rather than case-by-case accommodations to individuals
Planned and predictable
Structured to emphasize the long-term rather than the short-term
Flexible Work Arrangements ARE NOT:

An entitlement or reward
A secret arrangement or special deal
For every employee or every job
Examples include:

Non-traditional start and end times (such as working 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Extended meal times offset by additional hours worked at the beginning or end of the shift (such as working 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
Start and end times individualized by day (such as working 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday.) *
Longer work days with shorter work weeks (such as working four 10-hour days and having three days off.) *
*Certain unions, including 1585 Service Maintenance, 999 Skilled Trades and 547 Power Plant may prohibit arrangem"


Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:

on campus transitional housing is available to facilitate locating in the region


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)?:
Yes

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:

"Vehicles parking at charging stations do not have to pay the parking fee; reduced parking fee for car pooling. An additional tool launched by the university to encourage walking on campus was the Wayfinding Walking Map Service. WAYFINDING “WALKING MAP” SERVICE
Several years ago, the Wayfinding team from MSU’s Infrastructure and Planning and Facilities (IPF) contacted the Registrar’s Office regarding the potential use of campus maps with walking routes in conjunction with course scheduling. That collaboration resulted in a “walking map” service at the end of summer 2017.
Working together, both units refined and enhanced the Schedule of Courses map to include many features in support of student success:
• Display/hide each day’s route (useful when routes or meeting locations overlap)
• Identify construction zones
• Calculate accessible route/entrances
• Zoom to building (click on any building or numbered point, then “Zoom to”)
• Exact room location and detailed floor plan of buildings (click on numbered point, then “Show floorplan”)
• Walking distance and time per day (click on route line)
• Current location (click in upper left corner of map to pinpoint the user’s current location)
The new features were quietly launched in the Schedule of Courses on August 29, 2017. Within the first two days, more than 5,700 students found and used this new tool more than 9,000 times. The other technology deployed in conjunction with CATA Bus Services is an app that shows the bus arrival time within 10 seconds of its arrival. "


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