|Submission Date||Sept. 30, 2019|
University of Kentucky
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation
|2.00 / 2.00||
Alternative Transportation Manager
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:
• An indoor bike room with capacity for 60 bicycles was incorporated into a new campus research building, which includes four showers, lockers, a fix-it station, and water fountains with bottle fillers. The room is accessible to anyone who is applies, with priority given to those who work or have class in the nearest vicinity. It is not accessible to all commuters in order to keep the facility secure.
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:
• Bicycle parking is available at every campus building, and if the capacity is reached we have a bike rack request form available on our website to allow commuters to let us know of the need for improvements. (http://www.uky.edu/transportation/sites/www.uky.edu.transportation/files/pdfs/bicycle_rack_request_form.pdf)
• Covered/sheltered bike parking makes up 21% of all bike parking on campus and is available at every residence hall.
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:
• There is no official policy in place – however every campus road has bicycle facilities (bike lanes or sharrows), and bicycles are also allowed to operate on sidewalks.
• Pedestrian safety is a major priority of the university and five raised crosswalks at mid-block crossings have been implemented in the last year, and this is considered the new standard moving forward. Pedestrian crossing signs at mid-block crossings are actively being replaced with flashing signals. Additionally, a major campus road has also been closed in order to improve pedestrian safety (Rose Street, from Columbia Ave to Huguelet Dr).
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.
The UK also has an exclusive dockless bike share program with Spin. (www.uky.edu/bikeshare)
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:
• UK has offered free city-wide transit to all students and employees since July 2015, through a partnership with our local transit provider, Lextran. (https://www.uky.edu/transportation/alternative-transportation_blupass)
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:
• UK’s Guaranteed Ride Home program is one of the benefits offered to employees and off-campus students who join Commute Club. Commute Club is available to anyone who does not purchase a parking permit. (https://www.uky.edu/transportation/alternative-transportation_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?:
A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:
• UK is launching a new partnership with Ride Amigos, a ride-sharing platform, in Spring 2019.
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:
• UK has four Zipcars available on campus, and the partnership with Zipcar began in August 2017. (https://www.uky.edu/transportation/alternative-transportation_car-sharing-information)
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 that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:
A brief description of the condensed work week option:
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:
• UK will help employees with housing costs if they live within a certain vicinity of campus. (https://www.uky.edu/hr/more-great-benefits/employer-assisted-housing-program-eahp)
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:
• Cash Out Program: any new employee who chooses not to purchase a parking permit, or employees who gives up a parking permit can receive $200 per year for two years as an incentive to choose multi-modal transportation options. (http://www.uky.edu/transportation/alternative-transportation_cash-out)
• Bike Voucher Program: any new student or employee who chooses not to purchase a parking permit, or students/employees who give up a parking permit can receive $400 in vouchers to spend at one of five local bike shops. (https://www.uky.edu/transportation/alternative-transportation_bicycle-information_voucher)
• Big Blue Cycles: any student living on campus that does not purchase a parking permit is eligible to apply for a free bicycle rental for the academic year. 150 bicycles are available. (https://www.uky.edu/transportation/alternative-transportation_bicycle-information_wildcatwheels#bbc)
• Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library: an on-campus bike shop that checks out free bicycles to students and employees for either a week at a time or a semester at a time. Approximately 300 bicycles are available. Wildcat Wheels also assists with personal bicycle maintenance for any campus commuters. (www.uky.edu/transportation/wildcatwheels)
• Nine different bicycle fix-it stations and air pumps are available at various locations around campus. (https://www.uky.edu/transportation/alternative-transportation_bicycle-information_DIY)
• Commute Club: benefits provided to any student or employee who chooses not to purchase a parking permit – including Guaranteed Ride Home and free Spin bike share membership or free Zipcar membership. (www.uky.edu/transportation/commuteclub)
• Kentucky Wildcab: a free on-demand late night transportation option for students on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Although this does not affect commuting behavior, it is a program which supports car-free culture on campus. (https://www.uky.edu/transportation/buses-and-shuttles_kentucky-wildcab)
• Free Regional Airport Shuttles over academic breaks, which support car-free culture for students on campus. (https://www.uky.edu/transportation/buses-and-shuttles_airport-shuttles)
• Break Shuttle – buses that take students from campus to regional destinations such as Chicago, Atlanta, and Cleveland over academic breaks, which support a car-free culture on campus. (https://www.uky.edu/transportation/buses-and-shuttles_ride-home-express)
• Personalized commute planning assistance is available for anyone who is interested in multi-modal transportation. (https://www.uky.edu/transportation/alternative-transportation_commute-planning)
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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