Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.58
Liaison Steve Mital
Submission Date May 18, 2017
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University of Oregon
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kelsey Moore
Bike Program Coordinator
Erb Memorial Union
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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:

Several UO dorms have indoor and outdoor secure bike parking and showers (such as the LLC, Barnhart, and Hamilton) and some of the athletic facilities (such as the Cassanova Center) have secure bike parking and showers. Secure bike parking is available at several other buildings (Lillis Business Complex, Onyx Bridge, and 10th and Mill Building to name jsut a few. Access is managed by Parking and Transportation. The Rec Center offers shower facilities to all campus staff, faculty, and students. https://parking.uoregon.edu/content/bike-cages-and-lockers; http://policies.uoregon.edu/policy/by/1/01-administration-and-governance/environmental-comprehensive-policy; http://policies.uoregon.edu/policy/by/1/01-administration-and-governance/environmental-comprehensive-policy


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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

There are more than 8,000 bike parking/locking spaces distributed across campus in such a way as to be conveniently located to all buildings. Several buildings have secure bike parking. Showers are available at the Student Recreation Center which is located no more than a 5 minute walk from the vast majority of 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?:
Yes

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

In 1991, the Campus Planning and Real Estate Office created the UO Bicycle Plan, which lays out a set of policies and practices that encourage bike use on campus. These policies and programs include: dismount zones, a link to the city’s network of bike paths, adequate parking for bicycles, and an extensive network of bike paths on campus that include marked "sharrows"


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:

The UO Bike Loan Program is run through our Outdoor Program. It rents out bikes to students for either a day or a term. It also offers a bike repair shop, bike repair workshops, advice for purchasing bikes, and volunteer opportunities. They have 100 bikes available for long term loan to students only, 25 bikes available for short term loan to any outdoor program member, and 20 bikes for conference loans and special events.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the certification, including date certified and level:

Gold level, 11/18/2014


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):

IUO ID cards allow all faculty, staff, and students to ride Lane Transit District buses for free. The UO also offers a free Access Shuttle for students, faculty and staff with limited mobility (https://parking.uoregon.edu/content/transportation-options; http://parking.uoregon.edu/content/access-shuttle)


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:

In cooperation with Point2point at Lane Transit District, the University of Oregon is now offering the free Emergency Ride Home program. The Emergency Ride Home Program offers a free taxi ride for any employee who has a used a means other than driving alone to work and has a qualified emergency which requires them to leave work. ERH is completely automated through Drive Less Connect (DLC). You will be able to login to your Drive Less Connect account, self-certify your qualifying emergency, and print a voucher to provide the taxi driver. Participating taxi providers are listed on the ERH voucher.


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:

Carpool parking permits are less expensive per person than single occupancy vehicle permits. The more riders there are in one carpool unit, the cheaper the cost per person. Additionally, Priority Parking is available for carpoolers on 13th Ave between University and Agate. The spots are marked 'Lot 13' and are held for carpoolers 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lot 13 is first come first serve. There are also marked Carpool spaces in most of the other parking lots on campus. https://parking.uoregon.edu/content/carpool-parking; https://parking.uoregon.edu/content/reserved-spaces-parking


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:

The UO uses Zimride to coordinate ride matching for faculty, staff and students. With Zimride, the UO community can find UO friends, classmates, and coworkers going the same way you are. The secure website requires a UO ID and password to gain access. UO Zimride helps offer or request rides for commutes, road trips, and popular events. If participants have a car, they can split costs by offering rides. If participants don't have a car, they can find rides to wherever they need to go.https://www.enterprisecarshare.com/us/en/programs/university/uoregon.html


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:

We have 1 Level 2 charging station by the Student Recreation Center that is open to the general public (including students, faculty and staff), we have 2 Level 2 Charging Stations that are located in Faculty/Staff parking lots in Lot 12B and and another behind the Student Recreation Center. Additionally, there are 3 charging stations that are in Faculty/Staff lots by Gerlinger, but they are currently out of order. Finally, we have at least 9 Level 1 (outdoor outlets) located near parking structures that could reasonably be used for charging.


Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
Yes

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

According to the Oregon University System Telecommuting Policy, "The University of Oregon endorses telecommuting when there are opportunities for improved employee performance, reduced commuting miles or university savings." https://hr.uoregon.edu/policies-leaves/important-memos-and-notices/telecommuting; http://policies.uoregon.edu/policy/by/1/0312-work-life-resources/telecommuting-policy


Does the institution offer a condensed work week option for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
Yes

A brief description of the condensed work week program:

"The University of Oregon endorses telecommuting when there are opportunities for improved employee performance, reduced commuting miles or university savings. Telecommuting is defined as work and transportation alternatives that substitute home-to-work commuting with the option of working at home or at satellite work locations for all or part of the employee's assignment. This policy applies to classified employees and officers of administration. Supervisors and employees are encouraged to refer to Office of Human Resources document ""Telecommuting Guidelines"" for more information. https://policies.uoregon.edu/policy/by/1/0312-work-life-resources/telecommuting-policy
https://hr.uoregon.edu/recruit/classified-employment/flexible-work-schedule-agreement
A flexible work schedule is one where the hours of work may vary in a day (but not necessarily each day) and the days of week may vary according to work assignments. Employees who work a flexible work schedule shall receive overtime pay or compensatory hours for hours that exceed 40 in a week. For positions in salary range 24 and below, shift differential shall be paid for hours worked between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. and for any time worked on Saturday and Sunday."


Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:

The UO purchases bus passes for all Faculty/Staff/Students. As this is a free service and is requires being in the service area, people must live close to campus to take advantage of this benefit. The local community and campus has a very developed bike roadway system. Additionally, we have a bike loan program and have expensive and limited parking. http://policies.uoregon.edu/parking-regulations Have some faculty housing close to campus to encourage walking and a developed residential housing community. Parking on campus is both expensive and inconvenient. Those who live close enough to walk, bike, or take the bus save time and money.


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:

Sustainable transportation initiatives include the following: 1) In 1991, the Campus Planning and Real Estate Office created the UO Bicycle Plan, which lays out a set of policies and practices that encourage bike use on campus. These policies include: dismount zones, a link to the city’s network of bike paths, adequate parking for bicycles, and an extensive network of bike paths on campus. The UO Bike Loan Program is run through our Outdoor Program. It rents out bikes to students for either a day or a term and offers a bike repair shop, bike repair workshops, advice for purchasing bikes, and volunteer opportunities. The University of Oregon is recognized nationally as a Bicycle Friendly University with a gold rating from the League of American Bicyclists. This rating is the result of a campus bicycle support network of wayfinding signs, fix-it stations, and the UO Bike Program's efforts to support biking. Several UO dorms have indoor and outdoor secure bike parking and showers (such as the LLC, Barnhart, and Hamilton) and some of the athletic facilities (such as the Cassanova Center) have secure bike parking and showers. 2) UO ID cards allow all faculty, staff, and students to ride Lane Transit District buses for free. The UO also offers a free Access Shuttle for students, faculty and staff with limited mobility (http://parking.uoregon.edu/content/access-shuttle) 3) The UO allows for flex schedules are made department-by-department, office-by-office. Student employees are all on flex schedules, as they need to work around their classes and test schedules. 4) According to the Oregon University System Telecommuting Policy, "The University of Oregon endorses telecommuting when there are opportunities for improved employee performance, reduced commuting miles or university savings." 5) The UO uses AlterNetRides to coordinate ride matching for faculty, staff and students. AlterNetRides is a free, confidential, online database that connects members with others in their community that commute to the University of Oregon area. AlterNetRides database matches members based on neighborhood location, trip frequency, and commute times. 6) Carpool parking permits are less expensive per person than single occupancy vehicle permits. The more riders there are in one carpool unit, the cheaper the cost per person. Additionally, Priority Parking is available for carpoolers on 13th Ave between University and Agate. The spots are marked 'Lot 13' and are held for carpoolers 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lot 13 is first come first serve. There are also marked Carpool spaces in most of the other parking lots on campus. 7) There are severe restrictions on campus parking 8) Associated Students of University of Oregon ASUO offers software program where you can look up carpooling up to the ski hill, spring break 9) White Stag is on the MAX LINE on purpose 10) Athletics purchased bikes for staff to commute between Austin Stadium and main campus.


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

Other responsible parties: Emily Eng, Planning Associate, Campus Planning, Design & Construction, eeng@uoregon.edu, (541) 346-5606; Paula Elison, Office Manager - P & T, Parking and Transportation, pellison@uoregon.edu, (541) 346-2915.

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