Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.41
Liaison Dave Newport
Submission Date March 23, 2018
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University of Colorado Boulder
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 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?:
Yes

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:

The CU Bike Program staffs two bike stations which offer maintenance services and have work stands and tools available to staff and students. Eight stand-alone tool stands are located across campus. There is a secure bike storage facility with capacity for 105 bikes located centrally on campus.
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 for all occupied buildings and makes long-term bicycle storage available for students who live on-site (if applicable)?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

We have approximately 14,000 bike parking spaces on campus (more spaces than we have for cars) with approximately 1,250 covered spaces, and secure bike parking at the University Memorial Center. The Bike Program offers summer storage for students while on summer break.


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:

There are paved pathways that connect all buildings on campus. Select high-use zones and multi-use paths have designating bicycle lanes and connect with the City’s path network. The University works closely with the city to ensure an integrated network which includes 12 underpasses connecting campus to adjacent neighborhoods, allowing bikes and pedestrians to bypass road-grade crosswalks.


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:

There are two bike share options. "Buff Bikes” – there are 50 bicycles for students, faculty, and staff to check out free of charge. 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. The bikes are available to faculty, staff and students with a valid university ID (users must also know university ID number–not on card) for one 48-hour checkout period. The Bike Program also covers the cost of membership to the City’s B Cycle bike share program for students who take a sustainability survey. Staff and students also have access to half-price membership if they forego the survey


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:

Students receive a universal access transit pass paid for through their mandatory student fees. Contract prices are determined based on a discount of approximately 45% of full-fare per ride (http://rtd-denver.com/FaresPasses.shtml). Students ride the Regional Transportation District (RTD) buses approximately 3,000,000 times per year. 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 and includes Late Night transit until 3:00am Thurs-Sat. When class is in session a Late Night Transit service is provided for CU students from 10pm-3am on weekends. The purpose of these 4 routes is to provide a safe ride home from popular nighttime destinations. During the winter months 28 charter bus trips are run from campus to the Vail mountain resorts to take students skiing and snowboarding. This program is subsidized and tickets are only $15. This program is another tool to prevent students from needing a car to enjoy winter activities.


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

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:

The Guaranteed Ride Home program (GRH) at CU provides a free taxi ride home in the event of an emergency or work schedule change. http://www.colorado.edu/pts/getting-around/guaranteed-ride-home


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:

CU-Boulder contracts with two car sharing programs, eGo Carshare and Zipcar. There are about 20 cars on campus, with more throughout the city. http://www.colorado.edu/pts/getting-around/sharing-ride/carshare


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:

CU-Boulder contracts with two car sharing programs, eGo Carshare and Zipcar. There are about 20 cars on campus, with more throughout the city. http://www.colorado.edu/pts/getting-around/sharing-ride/carshare


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:

In support of CU Boulder's environmental initiatives, the university provides Level II chargers to staff and visitors for personal plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) on campus. The chargers are on the ChargePoint network. http://www.colorado.edu/pts/getting-around/car/electric-vehicle-charging


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 “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 that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:
Yes

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

The University of Colorado System has an administrative policy statement for all of its campuses called "Alternate Work Arrangements for Classified Staff and Exempt Professionals." This administrative policy statement (APS) affirms the availability of alternate work arrangements, which includes alternate work schedules, compressed work weeks, alternate work locations and job sharing. The University of Colorado permits the development of creative and innovative workforce management solutions, including the use of alternate work arrangements, which will allow the workforce to fulfill the mission of the university and meet the higher education needs of our communities. Regular flex schedule – employee works the same set of hours each day but it varies from the regular core business hours of the office. (example: Monday through Friday from 6:00 am – 3:00 pm). Daily flex schedule – employee is allowed to set his or her own work hours within the parameters set by management. (example: Must work 8 hours Monday through Friday anytime between 7:30 am – 5:30 pm and can vary day to day). Compressed work week – a full work week is completed in fewer than five days by increasing the number of hours worked per day. (example: Monday through Thursday from 6:00 am – 5:00 pm). 9/80 work week – four days are worked in one week and five days are worked in the next week for a total of 80 hours. The arrangements may require re-defining the employee’s workweek for those eligible for overtime. Flexplace – employees are allowed to work from home or another “remote work location” to complete work duties as necessary. Job sharing – two employees share the duties of one full-time position and received prorated salaries based on the percent of time assigned. https://www.cu.edu/ope/aps/5026


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:

The main reason that employees choose to live farther from campus is related to the cost of housing. The Faculty Housing Assistance Program aims to reduce the cost of housing for faculty by making it less costly to obtain a mortgage. See: http://www.colorado.edu/facultyaffairs/sites/default/files/attached-files/faculty_housing_assistance_program_fhap_description_remediated.pdf


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)?:
Yes

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:

CHIP Parking Permits – CHIP stands for Changing Habits In Parking. Permit holders who have had a parking permit for at least a year, and who agree to give it up, have access to four low-cost one day parking permits to use in for one off needs like doctor visits. The program incentivizes users to drive once a week or less.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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