Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.04
Liaison Thomas Adams
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

National University of Ireland, Galway
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.80 / 1.00 Dean Pearce
Head of Facilities Management and Services
Buildings Offices
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Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

NUI Galway participates in the Galway City Bike sharing scheme with three stations located on campus.

There are covered and uncovered, secure and unsecure cycle racks throughout the campuses. Cycle racks are mostly monitored by CCTV. However cyclists are strongly encouraged to ensure that they lock their bicycle appropriately with a strong lock. See the attached map for the locations of the bike parking areas

There is a free cycle clinic for staff and students at An Mheitheal Rothar. The public workshops are currently held from 6-9pm on Wednesdays and 12-3pm on Fridays. These are open for the general public. There are also second hand bikes for sale here that have been restored at the work shop.

Coca-Cola Zero® Bikes is an exciting new addition to the city of Galway. Bike
stations are located throughout the city to provide a healthy and convenient
means of transport. There are several stations close to campus.

The Cycle to Work scheme is available to all staff at NUI Galway. You can use a salary sacrifice arrangement to save up to 52% of the retail price of bike and equipment.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

The University has information available on the GoCar car club, which is available in the city centre.

GoCar allows you to rent cars for as little as half an hour, using a booking system to reserve the vehicle and in-car technology to unlock the car and drive.

GoCars park on campus, see link below:

Does the institution offer preferential parking or other incentives for fuel efficient vehicles?:

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

Yes, EV charging spaces located close to key buildings with high staff profile.

NUIG collaborate with GoCars, so that GoCars are parked on campus offering staff and students the use of efficient cars whose embodied energy is shared. GoCars are hired by the hour and therefore provide students and staff with a user friendly, efficient mode of transport.

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:

20 EV charging spaces as of 2020 and growing campus wide. There are a number of charging points that are also adjacent to the campus offering fast charging.

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 programs or initiatives to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and/or reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:

A brief description of other programs or initiatives to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and/or reduce the impact of student and employee commuting:

NUI Galway participates in the yearly active challenges organised by the Smarter Travel team at the NTA. For more information see - smartertravelcampus.ie

Smarter Travel Campus is a hands on programme working with Third Level Institutions to implement campus travel plans - or actions to encourage and support students and staff to walk, cycle, take public transport or carpooling on the commute to campus.

An meitheal rothar are a bicycle cooperative established by NUIG students on campus offering staff and students affordable bicycles and maintenance training (both free and paid). NUIG house the cooperative and provide it with workshops and stores on campus. Most bicycles sold are recycled, reused and repaired: https://www.facebook.com/AnMheithealRothar

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainable transportation is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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