Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.70
Liaison Marianne Martin
Submission Date Sept. 22, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of Colorado Boulder
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.88 / 2.00 David Cook
Transportation Coordinator
Parking and Transportation Services
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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 Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) has a bike room, showers and lockers. The bike room is available to faculty and staff through an application process on a space available basis. Access is controlled through badge access via a door controlled by a card reader. Men's and women's showers and lockers are located nearby on the same hallway. Barb Hahn is the bike room coordinator for the LASP building (303-492-6438); it is not documented on a web page but a photo and a copy of the application form are available from David Cook in Transportation Services.

The campus Recreation Center has a large shower and locker facility but lacks secure, indoor bike parking facilities.

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:

We have approximately 13,000 bike parking spaces on campus (more spaces than we have for cars)
Of that 13,000 approximately 1,250 spaces are covered.

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:

There are paved pathways that connect all buildings on campus. A select few have paint designating bicycle lanes.

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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

"Buff Bikes" provides 60 bicycles for students, faculty and staff to rent. The bikes are single-speed cruiser bikes with coaster brakes perfect for riding around campus, riding to lunch or attending an off-campus work meeting. Buff Bikes are available for rent during regular bike station hours.
Rules of rental:
1. rental is available to faculty, staff and students with a valid university ID (users must also know university ID number–not on card)
2. rental is for one 48-hour checkout period
3. rental is free of charge
4. renewals are allowed, provided availability of a different bicycle
5. bicycle must be returned in the same condition as checkout, with lock, key (not optional) and helmet (optional)
6. user indemnifies the university and agrees to replacement costs in the case of loss
7. user agrees to use bicycle responsibly, according to all applicable laws
8. user agrees to park the bicycle at approved parking sites only (explicitly not including ADA access handrails or ramps)

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:


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):

Students receive a universal access transit pass paid for through their mandatory student fees at a discount of approximately 45% of full-fare (http://rtd-denver.com/FaresPasses.shtml). Employees receive a universal access transit pass paid for through University administration and departmental recharge.

The campus operates a shuttle–"Buff Bus"– which is paid for by Housing and Dining Services and used primarily as circulation support for residents of on-campus housing, either on the East, Williams Village or Main campuses.

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:

Through a contract with private vendor Zimride (zimride.com) employees and students at the University, city of Boulder, Boulder county and the Boulder federal labs have access to a modern ("Web 2.0") web service which allows for sharing and matching of trip needs ("ride offered", "ride needed", etc.). The service is free for the users, paid for through a collaboration between the city, county, university and federal labs.

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:

CU-Boulder contracts with the local non-profit eGo Car Share to provide car share vehicles on campus. The program began with three cars in March of 2009. Preparations are now underway to add three more car share vehicles on campus this fall. In addition to the three vehicles on campus, campus car share program members also have access to another seven vehicles in Boulder (including a pick-up truck) and six in Denver.

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:

The “Work at Home Procedure” is administered by the University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Human Resources. It applies to employee work at home arrangements whether on a continuous basis or for a specific, limited period of time. This procedure applies to classified staff, officers, and exempt professional employees.

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 University of Colorado System has an administrative policy statement for all of it's campuses called "Alternate Work Arrangements for Classified Staff and Exempt Professionals":

In addition, CU-Boulder provides it's own guidelines:

We also promote the use of flexible work schedules to supervisors when appropriate.See the"HR Guide to Motivating Employees":

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

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