Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.51
Liaison Karen Schauwecker
Submission Date Nov. 23, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 Derick Chick
Graduate Asssistant
Sustainability 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:

Our Recreation Center has storage lockers and showers for all members and students, including bicycle commuters. In addition, The school's 100th green fund project was do-it-yourself bicycle repair stations. Seven stations have been installed around campus, including four at the major housing areas and one each at the Student Center, Student Recreation Center and the Department of Public Safety.

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:

Bicycle parking racks are located all across our campus. All bicycles parked on campus are required to be registered, either by SIU or by the City of Carbondale. Registering bicycles will aid the Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement agencies with the recovery of bicycles in the event of loss or theft. The location of the racks can be found on this link. http://parking.siu.edu/on-campus/201507-bike-rack-map.php

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:

A. Every person operating a bicycle on University property shall do so in obedience to all traffic control devices, the "Illinois Bicycle Rules of the Road," and the regulations included herein.
B. Persons riding bicycles on campus shall practice courteous, defensive riding, giving due consideration both for pedestrians and for conditions which require traveling at safe speeds and having their bicycles under control at all time.
C. Operation of bicycles is permitted on all campus pedestrian pathways except where prohibited by sign or marking.
D. In accordance with the "Illinois Bicycle Rules of the Road," every bicycle, when ridden during the period from sunset to sunrise, shall be equipped with and have operating a front white lamp and a rear red reflector or lamp. In addition, every bicycle purchased new after July 1, 1973, must be equipped with additional safety devices, including:
a. On each pedal, a reflector which can be seen from both the front and the rear of the bicycle for a distance of 200 feet after dark.
b. Side reflectors, front and rear, visible at night in reflected light for a distance of 500 feet. The reflector to the rear of the center of the bicycle must be red in color; the reflector to the front of center must be amber or yellow in color.
E. The operator of a bicycle shall yield to pedestrians in all situations of conflicting bicycle/pedestrian traffic. Pedestrians are prohibited from walking in a designated bicycle only lane

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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

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:

On November 29, 2016, it will be announced that we are receiving the Bronze BFU designation. We understand that this report will not be made public until after the announcement.

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):

The Saluki Express mass transit system is SIU Carbondale’s answer to parking and traffic problems. SIU Carbondale students, faculty, and staff, as well as the Carbondale community, are encouraged to get on board.
The specifics in fares and discount are listed below:-
-Students at SIU in Carbondale ride at no additional cost with a valid student ID.
-Bus passes for unlimited rides are available at the Business Office Windows on the 2nd floor of the Student Center. Passes begin the day the pass card is made.
-Rates are as follows: 
a) Bronze: 30 day pass: $18
b) Silver: 90 day pass: $45
c) Gold: 180 day pass: $80
d) Maroon: 365 day pass: $150
-Regular fare for non-pass holders is $1.00. Exact change only.
-Children under five ride free when accompanied by an adult. Children must be seated with an adult.
-Children under 13 ride for half price when accompanied by an adult (Pass Required).
-10% off all rates for spouses and children of SIU Carbondale students.

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

Southern Illinois University Carbondale has a formal policy regarding flex-time which allows departments to establish alternative work schedules to which are intended to help the University meet their goals and objectives while recognizing individual employee needs.
If there is a request/need, the employee and supervisor discuss the proposed schedule. All hours still have to be worked with the work week and employees are still required to take a 30 minute lunch period. This schedule must be discussed and approved in advance.

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 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 SIUC parking Division registers bicycles for students and staff for free. Inline skates, roller skates, and skateboards are also encouraged. The descriptions and regulations can be found at this link. http://parking.siu.edu/_common/files/SIU_Parking_Division_Regulations-2015-2016.pdf

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable transportation program(s) is available:
+ Date Revised: March 3, 2017

We have applied for Bicycle Friendly University designation through the League of American Bicyclists.


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