|Submission Date||Feb. 15, 2016|
University of Richmond
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation
Director of Parking and Transportation Services
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:
All UR staff, students, and faculty have access to free shower facilities at Weinstein Recreation and Wellness Center. The Police Department also offers showers and bike storage for staff, as well as access to lockers and covered bike parking. There is covered bike parking at Lakeview Hall and Marsh Hall. In fall 2015 a bike shed was built in parking lot W-35 at Westhampton Hall.
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:
UR has 33 bike racks that serve all regularly occupied academic buildings and all of the residence halls.
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:
The Green Bike Program was launched in 2009 with 35 bikes available for students, faculty and staff to use freely around campus. The program seeks to decrease on-campus traffic and reduce our carbon footprint. The program has grown to 50 bikes since its creation.
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:
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 full-time faculty, staff, and students may obtain a bus pass for ridership on the city of Richmond mass transit GRTC. The fares are paid by the University of Richmond. The passes may be obtained through the transportation department.
The University also has free campus shuttles that leave from campus on consistent intervals throughout the day to transport faculty, staff and students to destinations throughout the city of Richmond. The UR Downtown Shuttle provides transportation service to Grove and N. Sheppard Streets, and 7th and Grace Streets. The Spider Mall Crawl connects individuals on campus to nearby shopping centers and local merchants. The Daily Connector provides service during the hours that GRTC's Route 16 does not stop on campus. Students, faculty, and staff can use the new route to access GRTC connection points at Willow Lawn Drive and Broad Street, and Grove Avenue and North Thompson Street.
During holidays and scheduled breaks, the University offers free shuttles public transportation access points, including the train station and airport.
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:
Employees who register with Ridefinders Bike and Pedestrian Commuter Services are supported through the RideFinders Emergency Ride Home (ERH) Program.
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:
The University works with RideFinders, regional non-profit ridesharing and transportation demand management (TDM) agency that works on carpool and vanpool opportunities. As a division of GRTC Transit System, RideFinders connects carpoolers throughout the Central Virginia region. The environmental goal is to protect air quality and increase the efficiency of the region's transportation network.
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:
The University hosts five ZipCars 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:
The University has two EV charging stations in front of Weinstein Hall, our Human Resources and Speech Center. A new charging station was completed outside of the new admissions center, which will open in 2017.
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:
Depending on the job requirements, telecommuting decisions are made by each department. The University has some employees who telecommute on a permanent basis while other employees work on a hybrid schedule of telecommuting and traditional office work.
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:
Depending on the job requirements, condensed work week decisions are made by each department.
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:
Bicycle commuters are encouraged to register their bikes on campus. Recreation and Wellness offers minor repair services including tire inflation. The GRTC buses and University shuttles have bike racks installed to assist passengers with multi-modal commuting. The Virginia Bicycling Federation provides information for cyclists in Viriginia, including the Richmond region. The RideFinders Bike and Pedestrian Commuter Services also provides safety clinics as requested.
In the spring of 2015, a pilot of the faculty/staff departmental bike program launched. The program offers long-term loaner bikes for faculty and staff to use as transportation across campus (i.e. to meetings, the dining hall, etc.) in five different locations.
There are 6 mountain bikes available for rent for a weekend through the Outdoor Equipment Rental program. The bikes come fully equipped with helmets and locks and are managed by Outdoor Adventure & Recreation (OAR) in the Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness.
Bike Self-Repair Racks: There are two self-repair stations that include all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance. The fix-it stations are located in front of the Weinstein Center and at the Gateway apartments.
The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable transportation program(s) is available:
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staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.