Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.60
Liaison Dayna Cook
Submission Date May 1, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Northern Arizona University
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ellen Vaughan
Office of Sustainability
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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:

The Applied Research and Development ARD building has indoor and secure bike storage and shower facilities. Each staff member has a lockable cabinet for storage of keys, helmets, etc.
Also, the Extended Campuses building has indoor bike storage.

Five sets of bike lockers have been installed - on north, central and south campus.

Three bike cage storage facilities were installed in parking garages.

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:

All buildings on campus have bike racks within 50ft of the entrances. Not all residential buildings have long term storage within 330ft of the building. There are bike storage facilities in each garage p96a (Knoles), p96b (San Francisco) and p28c (Mt. View). Each can be rented for a fee of $75 annually and $30 per semester. Bike enclosures are available at a cost of $40 annually and $15 for the semester. They are long term in that they can be rented for the school year from August to August and can be renewed.

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:

Bike information is available on our website: http://nau.edu/Parking-Shuttle-Services/Biking-on-Campus/.

NAU rules and regulations on bike rules and policies:

VI. Non-Pedestrian Device Regulations

A. Introduction
The following guidelines are provided to promote safe use of non-pedestrian devices on Northern Arizona University campus. Northern Arizona University and the Arizona Board of Regents reserves the right to amend these regulations at any time to promote and ensure fair and safe usage of the property under the jurisdiction of the university. All changes become effective immediately.

Northern Arizona University maintains the right to cut locks, chains, and/or cables for the purpose of impounding any bicycle found to be abandoned or parked/stored in violation of university regulations (A.R.S. §15-1627). The cost of replacement for any locking device removed by Northern Arizona University is the responsibility of the bicycle owner.

Free bike registration is available at the Parking and Shuttle Services office Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to university faculty, staff, students, and affiliates. The bicycle and JacksCard must be present at the time of registration.

B. Non-Pedestrian Device Regulations
1. Bicycles must be parked at designated bike racks only. Bicycles and other non-pedestrian devices may not be parked or secured to any fence, light post, tree, handrail, water/gas line, sign post, or any other unauthorized area. Bicycles and other non-pedestrian devices parked in violation of this regulation are subject to impoundment at the owner’s expense.

2. Non-pedestrian device riders shall ride in the same direction of traffic and as near to the right side of the roadway as practical. In bike lanes separated by median strips, non-pedestrian devices shall be ridden to the right of the strip. Non-pedestrian device riders must ride single file. Skateboards and other similar devices are not permitted to ride in roadways.

3. Non-pedestrian device riders must yield the right of way to pedestrians at all times.

4. Non-pedestrian device riders must come to a full and complete stop before passing the controlling plane of a stop sign. Non-pedestrian device riders facing a steady red traffic control signal shall stop and remain until an indication to proceed is shown (A.R.S. §28645). Non-pedestrian devices may not be operated in an area where restricted by regulation, including campus buildings. Non-pedestrian devices must be dismounted and walked through any restricted area, unless otherwise instructed by signs posted at location.

5. Bicycles operated between dusk and dawn is required to be equipped with and use a white headlight as well as a red rear light or reflector.

6. Non-pedestrian devices may not be ridden at a speed greater than the posted vehicle speed limit, or at a speed greater than is reasonable, prudent, and safe. Bicycles may only carry the number of riders for which they are specifically designed. Bicycles may not be ridden on sidewalks.

7. In accordance with A.R.S. §15-1627, members of the general public who violate these regulations regarding the use of non-pedestrian devices shall be warned of a violation and may receive a citation. Any non-pedestrian device may be impounded by Northern Arizona University and a reasonable fee may be exacted for the cost of impoundment and storage.

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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

Northern Arizona University's Yellow Bike Program (YBP) - a free community bike program with a secure and reliable checkout system.

To check out a yellow bike, visit the Du Bois Center or the University Union to fill out a liability waiver, and present your NAU ID. You will be provided a bike, a lock, and key, and a helmet (upon request). Hours are 7:30 AM to 7 PM Monday through Friday.
Bikes (including lock, key, and helmet) must be returned within seven days. If there is not a waiting list, you may check out the bike again if you would like for another seven days.
Possible Charges (For items lost, stolen, or damaged beyond repair):
• Bike - $100
• Lock - $25
• Helmet - $15
• Key - $5
Note: Regular wear and tear such as a popped tire, scratches, etc. will not be charge though we do ask that you report these kinds of issues.

For the Fall 2013 we had 191 yellow bikes checked out and 20 available.


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:

In 2012 NAU was named a silver-level bicycle-friendly university.
NAU is actively involved in incorporating bicycles into the university culture through the free Yellow Bike program, bike registration and locker storage to protect bicycles from weather, and recent enhancements to the campus pedways including the addition of an east-west pathway.

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):

NAU has partnered up with the Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (NAIPTA) to provide faculty and staff with an ecoPASS, which allows the use of the public transportation system free of charge.

While on campus, a free bicycle share program is available for university faculty, staff, and students.

The ecoPASS offers university faculty a free ride to work using city buses, and an alternative eco-friendly commute to campus.
Note: “We provide the ecoPASS to all campus employees (it's a tiered system, we first distribute to faculty/ staff; we will eventually open to Graduate Assistants and then Undergraduate Campus employees)”

NAU offers an extensive, shuttle service on campus.
Students that live on campus are prohibited from driving & parking across campus from 7:30 am-4:30pm significantly reducing traffic and carbon emissions.

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:

In addition to unlimited public transit access, ecoPASS gives you access to the Guaranteed Ride Home program. This program allows employees who commute to work using their ecoPASS to use a taxi for emergencies at no charge. Emergencies include, but are not limited to:
• illness or injury experienced by you or a family member
• damage to your home or property by fire, burglary, or acts of nature
• university-wide emergencies where no other travel options are available
• unscheduled overtime (supervisor authorization is required)
When an employee has an emergency on a day he or she commutes to work via Mountain Line, a signed voucher will be issued by Human Resources and the employee will call a taxi from the provider list. Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (NAIPTA) will pay for the ride.

The link to the guaranteed ride home program is attached: http://nau.edu/Parking-Shuttle-Services/ecoPASS/.

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:

As a carpooling alternative, individuals can contact the Transportation Services Dispatch office at 523-2469 to find out who might be travelling to their destination (university business only).

For local carpooling, interested participants receive a permit that allows them preferential parking. The permit is allowed to be shared between multiple vehicles (it can be physically removed and placed on another vehicle). This is exceptionally helpful to off campus students and employees who wish to car-pool. Permit owners can have up to 5 vehicles associated to 1 permit.

The NAU Campus also participates in the ZimRide program that encourages all community members to use online software for carpooling.

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:

One example of a Car Sharing program that Northern Arizona Univesity hosts is in association with our LEED Buildings. The LEED Platinum Applied Research and Development building has a car share program available for all occupants of the building. The car share program has an electronic calendar on which occupants can check out the car service.

The Babbit Administration Building also has a Chevy Volt for occupant use.

We are also in the middle of finalizing a contract with a local company to bring We-Car to campus for all community members. Coming spring 2014!

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 are 17 electric vehicle charging stations in the San Francisco parking garage, 2 in p60 near Babbitt Administration, and 2 in p16 near the Union. All charging stations are level 2’s.

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:

Supervisors may work with employees on a telecommuting schedule where appropriate.

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:

Faculty and staff may work with their supervisors to develop a "flex" schedule where appropriate. This may include a 4-day work week or work a non-standard schedule if operations can be maintained.

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:

The University has partnered with the Northern Arizona Transportation Authority to create a public bus route that travels through campus and into the local surrounding community. This bus route is free for all employees of the University. There are many bus stops in the surrounding local community that would allow employees to take alternative transportation to work every day.

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:

TransLoc is a real-timebus GPS location monitoring lets you know exactly when the bus is coming. This provides a better user experience for bus riders.

Parking/Shuttle Services offers ecopass to staff and faculty at no charge to use the city bus system which eliminates the need to drive to campus. NAIPTA also offers the route 10 to anyone with an NAU ID to ride that line at no charge. If the rider wants to transfer buses the fee for the new route would apply but route 10 is at no fee once ID is shown regardless of how many times a day the rider uses the bus system.

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