Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.82
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2015
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STARS v2.0

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jim Spice
Executive Director of Parking and Transportation
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 campus has covered bicycle storage at Centennial Hall in the center of campus as well as in housing. Bicycle lockers are available at three buildings on campus. Showers/changing rooms are available in five buildings and are indicated on the UCCS Bike Map. All new buildings provide showers and changing rooms for commuters.


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:

We have bicycle racks at all of the major buildings on campus. Bike storage lockers are available at three locations; one of those locations is near the residence halls.


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:

All streets on campus are marked as sharrows and vehicles are encouraged to share the road with bicyclists. We have a bike/pedestrian spine that runs through the campus.


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:

The Recreation Center has new specialized mountain bicycles and accessories available free to students and to staff and faculty who are members. It is similar to a bicycle library in which bicycles can be checked out free of charge up to three days at a time for a total of ten days per semester. The program currently has 14 bicycles and the program is increasingly popular.


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?:
No

A brief description of the certification, including date certified and level:
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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 program(s), including availability, participation levels, and specifics about discounts or subsidies offered (including pre-tax options):

The university runs free shuttles throughout the campus and provides service to free perimeter parking.
There are two bus lines that come to campus, but the city has not offered discounts to students. Mass transit within Colorado Springs is generally not great and most students and employees are unable to use the system to get where they need to go.


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

A brief description of the GRT 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?:
Yes

A brief description of the car sharing program:

The university has a car share program that is run by the U-Haul company. Prices are very reasonable for renting to students by the hour.


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 new parking facility has Level 2 ev charging stations. These will be available to students and employee commuters with hub permits.


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 institution provides the opportunity for some employees to tele-commute. The program is called Alternative Work Site and it has been encouraged for many employees. For state classified employees the program is 4 ten hours shifts. The ability to participate is decided by supervisors. During the pilot program, we calculated the carbon emissions avoided by this program.


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:

The institution offers a condensed work week option of 4 10 hour shifts for some employees. A number of departments participate including most of Public Safety.


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:

There is a bike repair shop on campus that is part of the recreation center. Student, faculty and staff can get assistance with minor repairs, flat fixes, etc. In 2013 a permanent bike repair stand with pump was added for self repairs as well as a bike pump outside another building.
Additionally, the library supports bike commuting by haveing locks available to take out for free if students or employees forget their own locks.
Each year there is a bike month competition in September with prizes to those who commute the most by bikes. There are also multiple bike for bagel events to encourage ridership.
In the new parking garage there will designated spots for low-emitting vehicles.


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

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