Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.22
Liaison Jessica Russell
Submission Date Oct. 17, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Mount Royal University
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.60 / 2.00 Jessica Muraca
Project Analyst
Facilities Management
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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:

Mount Royal offers:
- Bike lockers to provide a bicycle with extra security and protection from the elements.
- Recreation showers are available to all staff, students, faculty, and management.
- Lockers are available throughout campus and recreation for rent.
- The Parking and Transportation Office has basic bike repair kits that can be borrowed free of charge.


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:

Mount Royal offers cyclists two bike parking options:
1. Bike lockers provide a bicycle with extra security and protection from the elements. Bike lockers can be rented from the Parking and Transportation Office for $144 for the year plus a $50 refundable key deposit.

2. Bike racks are conveniently located throughout campus (see attached map). Mount Royal also has a bike shelter at the West Gate to protect bikes from rain and snow. The shelter is free to use and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


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:

Mount Royals Campus Master Plan report was completed in July 2016. The plan includes items related to sustainable transportation and green corridors.

Section 4.2.1.5 Green Corridors - outlines the multi-use paths within the Campus and facilitate connections to the city's trail networks. They include paved surfaces which are suitable for use by multiple travel modes such as walking, bicycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, wheelchairs, and mobility assistance devices.

Section 4.3 - provides a map and description of the Movement Framework part of the campus plan which aims to create a more accessible, pedestrian, and bicycle-friendly place. Within this section 4.3.2 specifically outlines the pedestrian and cycling circulation of paths.


Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:
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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:

The U-Pass is a unique validation sticker applied to student's current Mount Royal Campus Card. It grants full access to available transit services during the semester. You must be currently registered as a full-time student (9 or more credits) to be eligible for the U-Pass program.

All buses on Route 20 — Heritage/Northmount are equipped with bike racks, capable of transporting 2 bikes in front of the bus. Route 20 serves MRU, so commuters can use a combination of bus and bike to get to campus.


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:

In the event of a medical or family emergency and you are stuck on campus without a vehicle, the Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program gives carpoolers a way to get home quickly and reliably. GRH is available only to registered carpoolers. A maximum of two rides per semester (up to four per year) is provided.


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:

The carpool program is open to all Mount Royal students and employees. A carpool consists of 2 or more people who regularly arrive on campus together, in one vehicle.

A formal sign-up is required and a carpool permit must be purchased to gain access to carpool parking stalls. Application forms are available online or at the Parking Office. All carpool participants must be present at the Parking Office (picture ID will be required) to complete registration. Enrolling in the carpool program includes acceptance into Guaranteed Ride Home program.

Mount Royal offers over 50 carpool priority parking stalls on campus, including the East Gate Parkade carpool stalls on levels 1 and 2.


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:

Mount Royal has designated parking stalls for car2go vehicles. car2go is a car share company without a centralized rental office. Members are charged by the trip and have a variety of locations they can pick up and leave the vehicles.

https://www.car2go.com/CA/en/calgary/


Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:
No

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:
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Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
No

A brief description of the telecommuting program:
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Does the institution offer a condensed work week option that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:
No

A brief description of the condensed work week option:
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Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:
No

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

Within the Campus Master Plan, section 4.3.3 defines the long-term transit strategy to shift the modal split and encourage the reliance on car and promote non-auto mobile trips.

The University also has preferred parking for Car2Go ride sharing program as well as preferred parking for Carpooling.


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