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Liaison Laura Nessman
Submission Date May 30, 2016
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Selkirk College
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Allison Lutz
Instructor, Geography
School of Environment and Geomatics
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:
No

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:

None of the campuses provide secure, indoor bicycle storage for commuters, but all campuses have bike racks that are secure when individuals provide their own locks. Each campus has a building that contains showers (towel service available at Castlegar campus) and lockers that are available to bicycle commuters.


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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

The Castlegar campus has 2 bike parking areas, with one more being installed in April 2016. One rack is outside of the main campus building (8 bicycle capacity), 2 bike racks located under a shelter are outside of the gym, and the new one (shelter plus bike racks) is to be installed near the cafeteria. There is 1 indoor bike storage area in the north storage of the Kekuli House Residence, and another in the 10th St. Campus residence building. There is one bike rack each outside of the Mary Hall and Patenaude buildings. The Silver King campus has 1 bike rack outside of the main building, and indoor bike parking in the shop buildings.


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?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle/pedestrian policy and/or network:
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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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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?:
No

A brief description of the certification, including date certified and level:
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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 program(s), including availability, participation levels, and specifics about discounts or subsidies offered (including pre-tax options):

The West Kootenay Transit System of BC Transit provides service to Selkirk College campuses. Special rates are offered to student commuters such as the "Semester Pass", which is a 4-month bulk discount compared to purchasing 4 individual monthly passes. Additionally, the student rates for either a booklet of 10 bus tickets or a monthly pass are equivalent to senior rates, providing a 12.5-30% discount compared to adult fares.
BC transit held a community forum at Selkirk College in 2010. Riders were able to give feedback on the timing and frequency of routes/stops, safety of stops, convenience of stops etc. Following that forum, BC transit added a morning and evening route to the Nelson -Castlegar line and the Trail - Castlegar line.


Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip (GRT) program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:
No

A brief description of the GRT program:
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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 5 parking spots reserved for carpool-vehicles near the front entrance to the main building at the Castlegar campus. Students and employees can get a parking pass for a $5 refundable deposit which must be displayed in their vehicle when parked in one of the reserved spots. Vehicles must carry a minimum of 3 passengers to qualify for the program.


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?:
No

A brief description of the car sharing program:
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

Selkirk College is a flexible and accommodating employer, and allows for employees to work from home when possible. The IT department is currently allowing certain faculty to access college drives and software from home as a trial project; if successful, this service will become available to the rest of the College community. Once implemented, this type of access has the potential to greatly reduce commuting trips to and from the College.


Does the institution offer a condensed work week option for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
No

A brief description of the condensed work week program:
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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 have other incentives or programs to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:
Yes

A brief description of other sustainable transportation initiatives and programs:

Since 2006, Recreation Services at the Castlegar campus has been hosting a "Bike to College Week" every May. Commuters are encouraged to ride a bike to college each day during that week, and there are a number of incentives offered. Participants are welcomed by Recreation Services representatives each morning, and they receive a bicycle maintenance manual, a $5 gift card to the school cafeteria or bookstore, and a chance to win a t-shirt every day that they ride. New riders who may have concerns about commuting safely can choose to be matched up with an experienced cyclist.


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