Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 31.22
Liaison Morgan Hartman
Submission Date Jan. 23, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Jordan Messerer
Assistant Director for Outdoor Adventures
UNL Outdoor Adventures
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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:

The future Outdoor Adventures facility will have these amenities, but at this time no building at UNL has all these features present.

Othmer Hall, Facilities Management Shops, and the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, and Mabel Lee Hall all have showers accessible to 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:

There are short term bike racks either in front of or on the sides of all 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?:

A brief description of the bicycle/pedestrian policy and/or network:

Complete streets have recently become a City of Lincoln policy. The vision outlined in the Physical and Landscape Master Plan is to create complete stress on Vine Street, R Street, and new X Street, and 16th Street. The plan also relocates a large parking from the walkable core of campus to sites that are easily accessible by vehicle at campus gateways, minimizing the overlap of pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The campus’ complete streets work together with the mall system, which provides internal circulation for pedestrians and bikes. North-south campus malls will have dedicated lanes for bikes that connect to the complete streets 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:

Bike rentals are available from UNL Outdoor Adventures Bike Shop on a daily, weekend, weekly and semester long basis. Renters can choose from single speed bikes, mountain bikes, and touring road bikes. All rentals include a helmet and bike lock.

Rate information can be found at bike.unl.edu

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:

UNL was awarded the silver level distinction from the League of American Bicylists. The UNL's new Outdoor Adventure Center is just one of the reasons the Lincoln, Neb., university received the award. It provides bicycle repair opportunities, access to 24-hour end-of-commute shower facilities and bike locker storage. The University is also working on a new master plan, which will include multi-modal transportation priorities and projections for new bike infrastructure.

One of the goals of the Bicycle Transportation Ad Hoc Committee was to evaluate, assess, and execute steps towards becoming recognized as a “Bike Friendly University” according to the recognition process of the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). According to the LAB:

“The Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bicycle-friendly campus for students, staff and visitors. The BFU program provides the roadmap and technical assistance to create great campuses for cycling.”

The application towards being recognized as a BFU can be found here, and is generally structured around the “5 Es”. http://www.bikeleague.org/bfa


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):

All students receive a reduced rate bus pass at $4.44 a month instead of the normal price of $17.50, paid through their student fees.

Faculty and Staff are given the option of purchasing a pass for $10 a month.

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:

UNL's student-funded service, 475-RIDE offers free taxi rides for UNL students in the case of emergency. Students can access the free rides on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 9pm until 4am.

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:

UNL offers special permit rates for carpool groups that consist of a minimum of two (2) members. Additional information can be found at http://parking.unl.edu/carpool-program.

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:

Four Zipcars parked on campus are available for use by students, and the university community. More information can be found at zipcar.com/UNL

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:

UNL policy allows for telecommuting for employees where appropriate and approved by manager.

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:

Bike UNL provides a free Bike Valet services to encourage carbon free travelto home football games. The free service is available two hours prior to the game and one hour after the final whistle. More information about the program can be found at bike.unl.edu/bikevalet

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