Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.21
Liaison Jeannie Matheison
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Idaho
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.80 / 2.00 Rebecca Couch
Director, Parking and Transportation Services
Facilities
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:
No

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:

The University of Idaho uses a standard A-frame bike rack to provide bicycle parking in various locations all over campus. Each rack is designed to hold two bikes. The racks are fixed to the ground with either bolts or concrete. There is also a more temporary or removable bike rack which can be relocated should bike parking demand change in any area. Additionally, the University of Idaho has one large covered bike parking shelter, located at the northeast corner of Renfrew building, where bicycles can lock up and be protected from the weather.

One bike repair/air station, located next to the Energy Plant, includes all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes. Two additional air stations are located on campus.

The UI Sustainability Center hosts a bi-annual Bike Fix event. Co-supported by three local bike shops, students receive free tune ups and they taught how to do basic bike repairs.


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:

Short-term bicycle parking is provided for all occupied buildings. If a bike rack is not located immediately adjacent to a building entrance, there are racks nearby to serve that particular building. Long-term bicycle storage for students living within University Housing buildings is provided within three residence halls: Tower, Wallace, and McConnell buildings. In addition, bicycle parking racks are located at all residence halls. Students who live in Greek housing are offered long-term bicycle storage, by their respective house, in a secured detached storage shed on the property (most houses do this).


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:

The University of Idaho Transportation Plan addresses areas where vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles interact and provides solutions for improved safety at these intersecting points.

Parking and Transportation Services maintains a bicycle management program. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to bike commute to campus as a fun, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly alternative to vehicles.

Goals include:
 Maintain a bicycle friendly campus
 Promote bicycle ridership
 Promote bicycle safety
 Provide adequate, safe, secure and convenient bicycle parking
 Manage bicycle parking to ensure pedestrian and disability safety and access, protect landscape elements and improve aesthetics of campus


Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

A Bike Share committee with representation from the City of Moscow, the community, the University of Idaho, and Washington State University is investigating a campus & community bike share program. Plans for implementing a bike-share program are underway for spring 2019.


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:

The University of Idaho Vandal Access Shuttle provides, free, on-campus transportation. Seating is prioritized for individuals with disabilities. SMART Transit, public transportation, provides two transit routes within the City of Moscow and connects riders to the University of Idaho. Fixed routes within Moscow are free.

http://www.uidaho.edu/parking/Transportation-Options


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 City of Moscow Vanpool service, co-supported by the University of Idaho, offers a guaranteed ride home to all vanpool users. Currently, most vanpool users are university employees who commute from Lewiston to Moscow during the week.


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:

There are two carpooling/matching programs at the University of Idaho.

Ride-Share with Zimride. Zimride makes it fun and easy to share the seats in your car or catch a ride. Find UI friends, classmates, and coworkers going the same way you are and share the ride! http://www.uidaho.edu/parking/Transportation-Options/ride-share-with-zimride

Catch a Ride with the City of Moscow VanPool. With three vans available to meet the community's needs, the Moscow VanPool program offers a safe, reliable and comfortable option for your daily commute.
https://www.ci.moscow.id.us/177/VanPool

http://www.uidaho.edu/parking/Transportation-Options


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 of Idaho partners with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to Moscow, Idaho. To use Zipcars, simply register as a member, reserve a car online or by phone, use your Zipcard to enter the car, and drive away. Return the car to the same location where you picked it up once you are done with your reservation.

Members receive the following benefits:
 Access to Zipcars 24/7
 Discounted hourly rates for University of Idaho faculty, staff and students age 18 and older; rates start at just $7.50/hour
 Gas, insurance and maintenance are included with every trip for free!
 Join for only $25, and receive $35 in driving credit your first month; after the first year, members pay $35/year

http://www.uidaho.edu/parking/transportation-options


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 two level 2 EV charging stations, with two 240V, J1772 connectors, accessible to the campus and community. Charging stations are located at the Institutional Research and Innovation Center (IRIC) the university's first LEED GOLD building, and at the Parking and Transportation Center. Users with a ChargePoint account are able to charge electric vehicles for up to four hours for free. There is a small parking meter fee.


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:

Administrative Procedurals Manual (APM) 3250 FLEXTIME/FLEXPLACE outlines the policy and procedures for establishing work schedules outside the usual norms.

The purpose of flextime/flexplace is to accommodate the personal needs of employees and/or to enable university departments to provide services for more hours each day. A department may use flextime and flexplace when either would help an employee better accommodate personal needs and where the arrangement would not adversely affect productivity of the employee’s department or the ability of the department to provide service for faculty, staff, and students.

When work at home is to be incorporated into an approved flextime arrangement (flexplace), duration of approval for off-site work and measures of productivity will be determined in advance by the departmental administrator and the employee, with the concurrence of the dean or director, and incorporated into the flextime/flexplace agreement.


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 has a flextime/flexplace policy to accommodate the personal needs of employees and/or to enable university departments to provide services for more hours each day. For example, employees may work four, ten-hour days with approval from a supervisor. A department may use flextime and flexplace when either would help an employee better accommodate personal needs and where the arrangement would not adversely affect productivity of the employee’s department or the ability of the department to provide service for faculty, staff, and students.


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 employ other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting (e.g. preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles, cash-out of parking programs)?:
No

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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EV data: Marc Compton, Mechanical Engineer, Facilities

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