Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.85
Liaison Geory Kurtzhals
Submission Date Jan. 10, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.60 / 2.00 Hala Jaber
Graduate Assistance
Sustainability Office
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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:

Our Student Recreation Center has lockers and showers for all members and students. Bike racks are located at both entrances to the Recreation Center, but there are not secure bicycle storage units yet. There are also other shower facilities available on campus.


Does the institution provide short-term bicycle parking for all occupied buildings and makes long-term bicycle storage available for students who live on-site (if applicable)?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

Bicycle parking racks are located all across our campus, but we do not have long-term storage available for students who live on-site (though they are allowed to keep their bikes in the residence hall rooms). 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 bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy (or adhere to a local community plan/policy) that sets standards and practices for campus streets to enable safe access for all users?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy:

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

Over the summer of 2018, bike lanes were added to areas of Lincoln Drive (a main campus corridor) to provide a safer route for bicyclists on campus. Since the installation of the bike lanes, bicyclists now have a dedicated route that they can use without endangering other pedestrians. Some of the changes to the roadway include: -10,200 linear ft. of painted bike lane along Lincoln Drive and parts of Normal Ave. -14,600 linear ft. of non-painted shared lane usage for bicycles and automobiles. -65 painted symbols on the roadway for easier traffic differentiation. The walking traffic on the sidewalks immediately around Lincoln Drive has been more convenient for pedestrians. https://sustainability.siu.edu/green-fee/green-fund-projects/lincoln-drive-bike-lanes

This improvement supplements the work completed by the City of Carbondale in the recent past to create a more bicycle friendly city, making it easier for bicyclists to travel within and between Carbondale and the campus. The map at this URL shows bike lanes in Carbondale and how the connect to campus.
http://www.explorecarbondale.com/DocumentCenter/View/2707/City-of-Carbondale-Bikeway-Map-PDF?bidId=

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.
https://parking.siu.edu/on-campus/bikeregs.php


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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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 programs:

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 QR Code. During semesters that a student is paying the SIU Mass Transit Fee, the QR Code will work.
- Community members, staff, faculty and others not paying the SIU Mass Transit Fee (students only taking classes online, for example) may purchase a pass from the Saluki Express driver or by visiting a Rides Mass Transit District office at these locations:
- Fares & Passes are as follows:

1. CASH FARE
- In-County One-Way Cash Fares.

Adult (Ages 11+): $2.00
Children (Ages 6-10) and Persons with a disability and/or over the age of 60: $1.00
Children (Ages 0-5): Free; Must be accompanied by an adult.
2. CASH FARE FIXED ROUTE (CARBONDALE)
- Carbondale only
Adults (Ages 11+): $1.00
Children (Ages 6-10) and Persons with Disabilities and/or Over 60: $.50
Children (Ages 0-5): Free; Must be accompanied by an adult.
3. LOCAL TRANSIT PASSES
- Unlimited trips on existing in county route only
30 Day Basic Pass
Persons with Disabilities and/or Over 60: $15.00, Under 60: $30.00
180 Day Basic Pass
Persons with Disabilities and/or Over 60: $60.00, Under 60: $120.00
365 Day Basic Pass
Persons with Disabilities and/or Over 60: $115.00, Under 60: $230.00
4. INTER-CITY TRANSIT PASS
- Unlimited trips on existing in county and inter-city routes: St. Louis, Springfield, Champaign, Evansville, Danville, and Paducah
- 30 Day Basic Pass
Persons with Disabilities and/or Over 60: $25.00, Under 60: $50.00


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

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip 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?:
No

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:
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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?:
No

A brief description of the telecommuting program:
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Does the institution offer a condensed work week option that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:
Yes

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

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?:
No

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:
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Does the institution employ other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting (e.g. preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles, cash-out of parking programs)?:
No

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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We have received our first Bicycle Friendly University designation through the League of American Bicyclists.
https://bikeleague.org/sites/default/files/BFU_Award_List_2018_ALL.pdf

The descriptions and regulations of Flex-time Policy can be found at this link:
https://policies.siu.edu/personnel-policies/chapter4/ch4-cs/workhrcs.php

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