Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.35
Liaison Alexis Reyes
Submission Date Oct. 29, 2015
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Pomona College
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ginny Routhe
Sustainability Integration Office
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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 Rains Center provides showers and lockers for any faculty, staff, and students who require them. Indoor bicycle storage is available in the Lincoln-Edmunds building, Sontag Parking Structure and South Campus Parking Structure, and close to 2,000 bicycle parking spaces are offered throughout the campus. Additional showers are available in the Seaver North Building and the Lincoln-Edmunds academic buildings. Other bicycle storage is available throughout campus, including indoor summer storage.

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:

Pomona College has more than 2,000 bike racks located conveniently around campus and there are bike racks located within the Village of the City of Claremont as well,particularly at the Post Office and Library that are in the City's designated Bicycle Priority Zone. These locations are all within 50 ft of non-residential campus buildings. The campus Bike Rack map is online at http://www.pomona.edu/administration/facilities-campus-services/files/bike_racks.pdf .

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:

The City of Claremont has designated a Bike Priority Zone (BPZ) within the Village, the Claremont Colleges and the residential neighborhoods south of Foothill Boulevard and north of First Street. The BPZ emphasizes safe bicycle routes and parking facilities, as well as improved bicycle access. These conditions in combination with the proximity to transit-oriented developments and mass transit opportunities, make bicycling a convenient commuting option. Additionally, the Pomona College Master Plan states that bicycles and vehicles share Bonita and Columbia Avenues. Bicycles and pedestrians share major on-campus pathways. The width and regularity of these pathways, traffic flow, bicycle den- sity and programs for bicycle safety mitigate the need for separated bike lanes on campus pathways. The Bicycle Circulation Map is on p.34 of the Master Plan.

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 Green Bikes Program provides free semester-long rentals of their 150 bicycle fleet, as well as free labor on bike repairs for fleet or private bikes. The Green Bike fleet is comprised of recovered bicycles abandoned on campus that have been repaired and made operational and are distributed to students in a lottery at the beginning of each semester. The Green Bikes Shop holds open hours six out of seven days each week of the semester. A small fleet of six folding bikes is also available for daily checkout at the campus center or through the Outdoor Education Center.

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:

Pomona College received a Bronze level certification as a Bicycle Friendly University on October 15, 2014, good for four years.

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):

Faculty and staff can receive a subsidy of up to $100/ month for commuting with public transportation such as the Metrolink commuter train or the bus system. The Rideshare program administered by Human Resources also awards employees with $2 each day reported commuting with alternative means other than single-occupancy vehicular traffic. In 20112-2013, 37% of faculty/staff participated in the Rideshare Program and 3% applied for the public transportation subsidy.

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:

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:

The College subscribes to an online ride matching service provided by Ridelinks, which suggests carpools based on location. The College pays employees $2 per day through the Rideshare Program for carpooling, walking, biking, or using public transportation and enters participating employees into a monthly raffle for prizes.

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:

Pomona College has contracted with Zipcar to provide car-sharing services on campus at a discounted rate to students, staff, and faculty. A total of 14 vehicles are available, including hybrids.

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:

The South Campus Parking Structure houses six EV stations with reserved spots. These stations are on the Charge Point network and are available for public use and for employees and students.

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:

Various employees on campus have reported in their commuter survey that they drive in to work, for example two days of the week, and telecommute the remaining three. Telecommuting currently represents 1% of employee work days.

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:

The College does not have a condensed work week option at this time.

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 College has a faculty rental and home loan program. The College owns 35 faculty rental units within one mile of campus, and the home loan program provides reduce rate mortgages for tenured and tenure-track faculty on properties within five miles of campus.

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:

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

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