Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.24
Liaison Justin Mog
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Louisville
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Justin Mog
Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
Office of the Provost
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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:

Those at UofL's Health Sciences Center have an option for high-security indoor bike storage at the parking garage for the J.D. Nichols Campus for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at Jefferson and Preston streets. Anyone may rent access to the secure bike cage for $10/month or get your own bike locker for $15/month.

At our Clinical and Translational Research building, we have showers, temporary lockers, and bicycles can be locked to an indoor rack in the attached garage which is secure in that it is monitored by the department of public safety.

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:

UofL's Sustainability Council used the majority of the funding provided in the first year of our Climate Action Plan implementation budget to vastly expand bike parking on all three UofL campuses. We now have sufficient short-term bike parking within 50 feet of every building on campus and most of it is in the form of high-quality, two-contact-point racks. We utilize building overhangs wherever possible to offer covered bike parking, especially around residence halls. Additionally, residents seeking long-term bike storage may use their rooms or certain basement areas. An interactive map of our bike parking is available at http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=215948977084222290392.0004c9117e5597a10285f&msa=0&ll=38.216317,-85.757411&spn=0.012661,0.01929

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:

UofL adheres to Metro Louisville's Complete Streets ordinance. On campus pathways, cyclists are encouraged to slow down, signal when passing, and always yield to pedestrians, no matter where they are. In line with our Bicycle Master Plan, UofL has designated pathways through Belknap campus to help reduce potential bike-pedestrian conflicts. All routes are designed to be two-way. http://louisville.edu/updc/master-planning/bicycle-master-plan

Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

Anyone with a UofL ID can check out a bike, helmet, and lock for free each day on a first-come, first-served basis from the desk staff at 11 different locations around campus:
Student Rec Center
Get Healthy Now Wellness Center
Residence Halls (not just for residents!):
- Bettie Johnson Hall
- Community Park
- Kurz Hall
- Louisville Hall
- Miller Hall
- Threlkeld Hall
- Unitas Tower
- University Tower Apartments (UTA)
- Medical-Dental Apartments at HSC downtown

In all locations, users simply sign a waiver form and return the bike before the end of the day or weekend. Those who check out bikes are responsible for any theft/loss/damage, but are issued a u-lock to securely lock the bike (frame and wheel!) any time you leave it behind.

We launched this program in August 2012 with a relatively small fleet of five bikes, and continue to expand it.

UofL has also worked closely with Metro Louisville in the effort to launch a city-wide, pay-per-use bikeshare system with stations on Belknap campus as well as our Health Sciences Center. The UofL Sustainability Council provided the city with start-up funds and close coordination on campus station locations. The LouVelo bikeshare system finally launched May 2017, with over 300 bikes at 27 stations in our urban core. In March 2019, four stations will be installed across UofL's Belknap campus with an additional station at The Bellamy affiliated student housing. UofL students and employees can register with their @louisville.edu email address for 50%-off monthly memberships.

UofL is also coordinating closely with the launch of dockless JUMP bikeshare bikes in Louisville during spring 2019.

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:

Since 1999, the University of Louisville has maintained a contractual agreement with the City of Louisville's public transportation provider to provide a campus shuttle program providing transportation from outlying parking lots to the interior of campus at no charge to students, staff and faculty. As part of the overall contract, anyone with a valid UofL ID can ride fare free anytime or anywhere service is provided in the metropolitan area by the Transit Authority of River City (including express routes).

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:

All those who register their alternative mode commute at tickettoride.org can access the federally-subsidized Guaranteed Ride Home program covering 80% of cab fare home in emergencies.

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:

In summer 2016, UofL launched a new online platform for trip-planning and carpool-matching. Cardinal Directions at http://directions.louisville.edu displays ALL of your transportation options in one map-based platform.
Whether you want to carpool for your daily commute, a few times a week, or just for a one-time trip, Cardinal Directions is the easiest way to connect.
You can also use Cardinal Directions to coordinate carpools to events such as conferences, concerts, parties, sporting events, etc.
Users can quickly set-up a profile for free and then post their ride offers or needs.
The UofL Carpooling webpage provides details about getting special carpool parking permits (applicable to any color permit at no extra cost).
Not only can the permit cost be easily split by the members of the carpool via payroll deduction, but since we know there may be occasions when members of the carpool will have to drive in separately, UofL's carpool permits come with 10 daily parking passes each 6 months for all employee carpool members and 6 daily parking passes per semester for all student carpool members.
Even if you and three other potential carpoolers don't have access to your own reliable vehicle, you can still share the ride through RideShare by Enterprise.
Ticket To Ride is a regional service for setting-up Vanpools, Carpools, and even Bikepools with your neighbors throughout Kentuckiana.

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:

With UofL Car-Share by Enterprise, you can reserve one of our fuel-efficient vehicles online and pay a low hourly rate (typically $8/hr) or overnight rate that includes gas and insurance. Available to all UofL students (over 18), employees, and members of the public with a valid driver's license.

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:

Five charging stations are available in the Floyd Street Garage and two are available at the Service Complex.

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 allowed whenever practical and approved by a supervisor.

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:

The University has no official policy on flex time, however, several University Departments offer a condensed work week option for their employees. The decision to allow flex time is up to the Department Head.

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 UofL Sustainability Council continues to investigate possibilities for such a program.

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:

Preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles is available at UofL's J.B. Speed School of Engineering.

UofL offered an award-winning annual Earn-A-Bike Program (cash-out of parking) 2012-2016 through which any UofL student, faculty, or staff member willing to forgo a parking permit for at least two years was eligible to earn a $400 bike shop voucher.
• UofL students, faculty or staff who are willing to waive the right to a UofL parking permit for at least two years were eligible to receive a $400 voucher to an area bike shop.
• Applications for the program are accepted through the end of the first week of classes each Fall.
• Vouchers were non-transferable and have no cash value, but could be used to purchase a bike or fix one up and equip it for year-round commuting with helmet, lock, lights, rack, bags, basket, clothing, tools, spare parts, etc.

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