|Submission Date||March 26, 2018|
University of Connecticut
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation
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Ofice of Environmental Policy
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 university provides bicycle racks outside the majority of dormitories and buildings throughout campus. Enrolled students have free access to shower facilities and lockers at the Recreation Facility with proof of an ID, and employees can pay a small monthly membership fee.
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)?:
A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:
We cannot guarantee that there is bicycle parking within 50 feet of all occupied, non-residential buildings, (more than 500 such buildings on our main campus) although we do have extensive bike racks around campus and close to most buildings, typically within 50 feet of entrances/exits.
All residence halls have long-term bike storage, often within the building, and if not, typically within 300 ft of the building.
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?:
A brief description of the bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy:
UConn adheres to Connecticut's Complete Streets Law that went into effect in 2010. The law requires that all state-funded transportation projects must consider using complete streets design features. Our local town, Mansfield, CT, has also adopted a complete streets policy. The University works with the local community to improve bicycle and pedestrian paths off campus, as well as implementing the UConn Campus Bicycle Plan to improve bicycle and pedestrian paths on campus. Additionally, the recent construction of UConn’s Discovery Drive includes new 5-ft. bike lanes and a separate 8 ft. wide paved multi-modal path that extends into or out of campus and connects with the town's paved multi-modal path to the Four Corners retail district in town.
Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:
A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:
The UConn Recreation Facility heads the Cycle Share Program that allows students to rent bikes out for a week or a semester, for a nominal fee. The location of the bikes is centrally located at the recreation facility. Additionally,the UConn Outdoor Adventure Center has equipment rentals that includes bikes, bike helmets, locks, repair kits, and lights to students for a nominal fee, varying depending on how long you plan to rent.
In addition to the UConn Cycle Share Program, the university is issuing an RFP to implement another bike share option. This program would provide bikes at multiple locations throughout the campus where they can be unlocked, used and locked for a small fee. The bikes are equipped with fenders, solar powered lights, bells, locks and more. Software tracks the location of bikes and marks specialized routes, as well as provides the ability to report maintenance issues.
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 programs:
UConn provides free shuttle service throughout the campus and surrounding areas for students, staff and faculty. The average number of passengers on each campus shuttle is about 10,500 per day. Bus schedules are listed on the official website as well as the MyUConn App. An additional free bus runs to and from our local town, Storrs (Mansfield) to Willimantic and has multiple stops along the way.
Off-campus transportation to and from New York City and Boston are also available to students at a discounted rate through Peter Pan and Megabus. An on-demand shuttle service will bring students to Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, CT, Amtrak Hartford’s Union Station, and the Cross-Sound Ferry in New London for a reduced price.
U-Pass CT is a new option for students provided by parking services. The U-Pass allows students with a valid student ID to use participating transit services around Connecticut for free. All fees are already in the student fee bill, so there is no additional charge. During its first two semesters of implementation, 57% of undergraduate students at all campuses have utilized the program, and that number is expected grow as the program increases in popularity and more transit services join.
Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:
A brief description of the guaranteed return trip 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:
The University instituted a carpooling option for student commuters who wish to share a single parking space. Carpool groups can be between 2 and 4 people and will share a single parking permit. Each member of the group also receives two complimentary day passes each semester for the days in which the carpool is inconvenient. Three more such day passes can be purchased by each group member each semester.
UConn employees and students can sign up for a carpool through Zimride, and online ride-matching service that connects drivers and passengers within a private UConn network heading to the same area.,
There is a carpooling program set up UConn employees in which they can sign up for using the carpooling tool:
Carpooling tool (bottom left): https://ecohusky.uconn.edu/zipcar-and-alternative-transportation/
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:
UConn is now home to ZipCar, the world’s leading car sharing network. For a small fee, UConn members can pick up a Zipcar at six different locations around campus. An additional membership fee will include gas, insurance, and up to 180 miles of driving per 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?:
A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:
There are 20 charging stations (4 locations) across campus. You can read more about these stations here:
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:
Telecommuting is generally promoted by the university, however practices vary by department. The University demonstrates its support for work-life flexibility through the implementation of established policies, procedures, practices, and contractual agreements, as found in union contracts and can be found at www.policy.uconn.edu.
Does the institution offer a condensed work week option that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:
A brief description of the condensed work week option:
Statement on work/life flexibility: http://hr.uconn.edu/worklife-connections/
Link to UCPEA Member's Request for Flexible Schedule: http://lr.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/988/2014/10/tempflex.pdf
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:
The University of Connecticut Off-Campus Housing Service allows students, staff, and faculty to search for housing close to campus and close to one another in order to foster a sense of community and to promote shorter commutes and thus a more sustainable lifestyle. http://www.offcampushousing.uconn.edu/
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)?:
A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:
In addition to on-campus bicycle accommodation and sharing, bus lines, shuttle service, and electric vehicle charging stations, UConn also provides access to interstate & intrastate bus service, local bus service (Windham Regional Transit District – WRTD), carpooling, car rental, Amtrak rail service, and airport shuttles which are included in tuition fees and ‘free’ for students with proof of a U-Pass.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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