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Liaison Greg Monaco
Submission Date Nov. 10, 2016
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Stony Brook University
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

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Complete Reporter Tom Lanzilotta
Campus Energy Manager
Campus Operations and Maintenance
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:

Stony Brook University provides the community with bike storage lockers, which are located at the Stony Brook Long Island Railroad Station next to the Railroad Bus Shelter. These bike storage lockers provide a safe, dry and secure location to store bicycles and are available on a first come, first serve basis for $60.00 per year, plus a $40.00 refundable key deposit.


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:

Stony Brook University bicycle racks are available to the university community free of charge and are available on a first come, first serve basis.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle/pedestrian policy and/or network:

The Paul Simons Memorial Bike Path is Stony Brook University's comprehensive bike path system that provides students, faculty, staff and visitors with a safe, sustainable alternative to travel through the University. The Paul Simons Memorial Bicycle Path was built in memory of Paul Simons, a former Stony Brook University student and avid cyclist. Biking and walking on the Paul Simons Memorial Bike Path encourages physical exercise and lowers environmental impact.

In addition to the Paul Simons Memorial Bike Path, the community can also utilize various University bicycle racks, which are positioned alongside the Paul Simons Memorial Bike Path and are available free of charge.


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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

SBU Wolf Ride Bike Share is comprised of twelve (12) bike stations and seventy-eight (78) bicycles. Current SBU students, faculty, staff and visitors may use a Wolf Ride bicycle by unlocking it from a station, riding it and then docking it at another station on campus. Wolf Ride bicycles can be used to reach any location on campus and serve to augment existing SBU Transit Service.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the certification, including date certified and level:

In November 2014, Stony Brook University earned Bicycle Friendly University designation at the Bronze Level by The League of American Bicyclists. The designation was awarded to the University as a result of its remarkable commitment to the promotion of bicycling. The Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff and visitors. The program is led by the League of American Bicyclists, which was founded in 1880 to unite cyclists and make biking better. The BFU program provides the roadmap and technical assistance to create great campuses for cycling, and bases its assessments on five areas: namely a university's engineering, encouragement, education, enforcement and planning of their bicycle program.


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 Suffolk Transit Connection is a transportation service provided to current Stony Brook University students who are interested in traveling between Stony Brook University and local off-campus area destinations for food, shopping and recreational activities. The service is provided through a partnership between Stony Brook University and Suffolk County, and is a sustainable transportation solution only available to current Stony Brook University students who hold a valid Stony Brook University identification card.

SBU Transit utilizes a variety of sustainable transportation practices in order to lower environmental impact. SBU Transit provides transportation seven days per week and offers between five and seven transit routes daily, depending on the University academic calendar.


Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip (GRT) program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the GRT program:

The university has a separate Ride Share service called “2-RIDE”, which is operated by University Police Department.


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:

The University participates in a program called 511NYRideshare through the NYS Department of Transportation. It is a ridesharing program that matches up commuters for a variety of shared trips, including carpooling, vanpooling, biking, walking, telecommuting and taking public transportation. 511NYRideshare is a free service that is supported by the University and has a goal to reduce global warming, traffic congestion and fuel consumption.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the car sharing program:

ZipCar is an automated, membership-based car-sharing program that provides students, faculty, and staff with an environmentally friendly transportation solution that helps remove vehicles from the road to reduce emissions and traffic. The cars are available around-the-clock so members can access them at any time, making ZipCar a convenient and cost-effective transportation alternative. Students (18 and older), faculty, and staff are eligible for membership. Vehicles can be reserved online at any time and can be rented hourly, overnight, or for a full day.


Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:

The University has thirteen (13) level 2 charging stations actively running. Four (4) are located in the Advanced Energy Center (AERTC) parking lot, two (2) are located in the Administration Parking Garage, two (2) are in the Metered Sports Complex Lot, one (1) is in the Heavy Engineering Metered Lot, one (1) is in the Life Sciences Metered Lot, one (1) is in the Lake Drive parking lot, one (1) is in the Stadium Metered Lot and one (1) is in H Lot.


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:

The SBU Division of Information Technology offers telecommuting for its employees.


Does the institution offer a condensed work week option for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
Yes

A brief description of the condensed work week program:

SBU Transit offers a condensed work week as a standard practice for bus drivers to work four 10-hour days (for 40 hours/week) as opposed to five 8-hour days.


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:

The Suffolk Transit Connection is a transportation service provided to current Stony Brook University students who are interested in traveling between Stony Brook University and local off-campus area destinations for food, shopping and recreational activities. The service is provided through a partnership between Stony Brook University and Suffolk County, and is a sustainable transportation solution only available to current Stony Brook University students who hold a valid Stony Brook University identification card.


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

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