Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.11
Liaison R. Johnston
Submission Date March 10, 2014
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University of Missouri, Kansas City
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 R. Kaye Johnston
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus Facilities
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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:

UMKC has 297 parking spaces for bicycles plus indoor bicycle lockers and also has two self-help bicycle repair stations as well as a bicycle mechanic on duty in The Hub.

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:

UMKC has bicycle parking at each building and also has bicycle locker storage facilities at the Cherry Street Garage, Johnson Hall, and the Health Sciences Building Also check out our Google bike map to find repair locations and bike racks.

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:

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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

UMKC now has 60 bicycles for the bike commute program. The bikes are loaned out and can be chained to one of the 297 bike parking spaces now installed on campus.

Initially supported through a two-year grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation, UMKC has assumed responsibility with assistance from Bridging the Gap. Click here for the bike and commuter map. Also check out our Google bike map to find repair locations and bike racks.

Obtained funding through Missouri Department of Transportation
Added 26 loaner bikes in 2008 to encourage reduced car trips on campus
Opened The Hub in 2008 with on-site bike mechanic
Developed bike map and added conveniently located bike racks
Transitioned to Swinney Recreation Center as a UMKC in-house program in 2010

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:

UMKC was certified Bicycle Friendly University at Silver level

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):

UMKC students voted to pass the Student Transportation Fee Referendum on Feb. 15-17, 2011. Beginning in fall 2011, students will pay a $14-per-semester fee for an all-access transit pass on the Kansas City Transportation Authority (KCATA) bus service. There is a cap of $28 annually for the fee.

An all-access bus pass regularly costs individuals $50 a month so this is quite a savings for UMKC students. The all-access bus pass not only offers students an economic advantage, but also has the potential to reduce UMKC’s carbon footprint through increased ridership. Click here for our bus route map.

Below is the final result for the New Student Transportation Fee Referendum:

Total Votes: 2,267

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:

UMKC is a partner of RideShare with Mid-America Regional Council. When you register for the Guaranteed Ride Home service, you'll receive a pass card — valid until the end of the calendar year — and information about what to do if you need an emergency ride home. Many companies have signed up as participating companies and have onsite coordinators who can help you get an emergency ride home. If your organization is not listed below, the RideShare office will be your contact and can be reached at 816/842-RIDE.

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:

RideShare is a publicly funded program that provides commuter resources to individuals and employers in the Kansas City metro area — helping to create transportation options for area workers.

RideShare works in two main ways:

assisting employers with transportation programs.

helping individuals find riding opportunities with other commuters.

UMKC is a Ride Share program partner.
Established in 1980, the program serves commuters from seven counties in Missouri and five counties in Kansas. The program offers a commuter-matching service for anyone who lives, works or attends school in the greater Kansas City area or within 75 miles of downtown Kansas City, Mo.

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:

Zipcar is available to all UMKC students 18+, faculty and staff. Zipcar is wheels when you want them, literally. With Zipcars parked on campus, all you have to do is decide where you want to go and when. Zipcar’s cutting edge technology allows you to reserve cars 24/7, online or on your mobile device. Low hourly and daily rates include gas, insurance, and 180 miles per day. Why deal with having a car on campus?

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:

As a “Green Parking” option, UMKC’s Parking Operations has installed electrical vehicle charging stations on campus. The stations on both campus operate similarly to parking meters.

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:

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:

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:

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:

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

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