Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.85
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date May 1, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Massachusetts Lowell
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Thomas Miliano
Director of Administrative and Office Services
Administrative Services
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:
The UMass Lowell's Recreation Center provides storage for bicycles over the winter. There are bicycle racks located on every campus and at every dormitory. Bike racksare at the residence halls, Campus Recreation Center, Hawks Nest Café and are all in close proximity to showers and lockers.

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)?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:
UMass Lowell has great bicycle parking coverage across its campuses, but does not meet the specific distances criteria at all locations. Bicycle parking (racks) is located on every campus. They are located at the Recreation Center (East Campus), Costello (North), Health & Social Sciences (South). There are also bike racks at all of the residential halls and at most campus buildings.

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?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle/pedestrian policy and/or network:
UMass Lowell is working with the City of Lowell to draft a complete streets policy. There are some dedicated bike paths (began development in 2012), but they are not contiguous (all are linked except to South Campus).

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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:
UMass Lowell has the Freewheelers bike sharing program. This program provides free bicycles for students, faculty and staff. Once a person is registered, he/she can check out and return a bike at any of the 5 campus check-out stations. Bicycles are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. http://www.uml.edu/CampusRecreation/Bike-Shop/FreeWheelers.aspx

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?:
No

A brief description of the certification, including date certified and level:
UMass Lowell received “Honorable Mention” status by the League of American Bicyclists regarding the Bicycle Friendly University List. UMass Lowell will continue to pursue this designation and full certification in the future.

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 program(s), including availability, participation levels, and specifics about discounts or subsidies offered (including pre-tax options):
UMass Lowell offers free intercampus transportation to all students, faculty and staff. http://www.uml.edu/student-services/Transportation-Services/Day-Shuttle/Day-Shuttle.aspx

Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip (GRT) program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the GRT program:
University employees who take a sustainable mode of transportation two days per week or more are eligible to sign up for a free Emergency Ride Home program. http://www.uml.edu/student-services/Transportation-Services/SustainableTransportation/employees.aspx

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:
UMass Lowell has a carpooling program that allows members to split the costs of parking permits. The NuRide program will provide matches of potential carpoolers. Preferred parking is an example of one reward offered for carpooling. http://www.uml.edu/student-services/Transportation-Services/Sustainable-Transportation/carpooling.aspx

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:
UMass Lowell participates in Zipcar, an on-campus, on-demand car rental service. http://www.uml.edu/student-services/Transportation-Services/Sustainable- Transportation/zipcar.aspx

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:
UMass Lowell has a total of four recharging stations (North, South and East Garage, and the Parking Lot at University Crossing). http://www.uml.edu/News/stories/2014/Electric-Car-Charging-Stations.aspx

Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
No

A brief description of the telecommuting program:
NA

Does the institution offer a condensed work week option for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
No

A brief description of the condensed work week program:
NA

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:
UMass Lowell has a live in faculty program in the Commonwealth Honors College.

Does the institution have other incentives or programs to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:
Yes

A brief description of other sustainable transportation initiatives and programs:
UMass Lowell is partnering with Nissan to develop preferred purchasing options for the Nissan Leaf. UMass Lowell is also in discussions with other vehicle companies to develop preferred agreements for other alternative vehicles.

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable transportation program(s) is available:
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