Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.25
Liaison David Tedder
Submission Date Oct. 16, 2015
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University of Kentucky
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Shane Tedder
Sustainability Coordinator
Office oF Sustainability
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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:

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:

Bicycle racks are provided near the entrance of all campus facilities and upgrades and expansions are conducted annually. The Campus Landscape Guidelines provides standards for the type and quantity of bicycle parking required at all new developments.

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:

The University has worked steadily over the last 5 years to provide enhanced and continuous connectivity for cyclists and pedestrians on and along campus and city streets. The Bicycle Facilities map details the connected network. The Bicycle Advisory Committee works to identify, fund and coordinate new bicycle infrastructure development.



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 University, through Parking and Transportation Services, offers more than 300 bicycles across five distinct fleets with the Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library Program. All check-outs are free to students, staff and faculty.


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:

UK received an honorable mention 2011, bronze in 2012 and silver in 2014.

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):

Campus shuttles are free to all staff, faculty and students.
Through the BluPass program, all staff, faculty and students can ride public transportation (LexTran) for free as well.


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:

Yes, in case of emergencies, PTS has a GRT program for campus commuters. This service can be used a maximum of three times per year. Rides are coordinated via UK PTS during regular business hours, and through UK Police after business hours.

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:

Purpose: To make carpooling attractive to University faculty, staff and students.
Benefits: You may save money, share the driving with friends or co-workers, and even receive prime parking on campus.
Environmentally Responsible: Reduces traffic congestion and supports the Clean Air Act.
Incentives: Several incentives available are a reserved parking area for carpool vehicles, motorist assistance, and a guaranteed ride home in emergency situations.

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:

Our current vendor is no longer providing this service and we may be seeking an alternative vendor via a request for proposals later this fall.

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:

From the UK HR website: Workplace flexibility is rethinking how work has been “traditionally” accomplished. It means adjusting work hours outside the 8:00 – 5:00. It means sometimes working from locations other than on campus – at a home office, the library, a coffee shop. For many departments and teams, workplace flexibility is the new norm for how work gets done.

Telework: Adjusting the primary workplace location to meet department and/or employee needs. A common arrangement is for an employee to work from their home office one or two days per week

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:

Employees may request a compressed work week schedule, defined as: A standard workweek compressed into fewer than five days (e.g. 4-10’s, 3-13’s)

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 Kentucky operates an employer assisted housing program for eligible employees. This program provides “forgivable loans” of up to $15,000 to eligible employees for down payment, closing cost, rehabilitation and renovation assistance for the purchase of houses, condominiums, town houses and duplexes in the designated neighborhood revitalization areas. The loans will be secured by a lien on the property. Each participating employee agrees to live in the home purchased through this program for at least five (5) years, after which the lien will be removed.

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:

Big Blue Cycles provides residential students with a bicycle to use for the year if they commit to not bringing a car to campus.

The Bicycle Voucher Program, provide employees and students with a $400 voucher in exchange for waiving access to a regular parking permit for two years.

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable transportation program(s) is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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