|Submission Date||March 1, 2019|
University of Richmond
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation
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Director of Sustainability
Office for Sustainability
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 for all occupied buildings and makes long-term bicycle storage available for students who live on-site (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 bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy (or adhere to a local community plan/policy) that sets standards and practices for campus streets to enable safe access for all users?:
A brief description of the bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy:
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.
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 programs:
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. With the implementation of the City of Richmond new Rapid Bus Transit system, The Pulse, Transportation Services has created 4 new shuttle routes for the campus community. In
addition, Spider Mall Crawl and Campus Loop will also be running. All shuttles pick up and
drop off at the Transportation Hub along Westhampton Lake at the Tyler Haynes Commons.
Break shuttles provides transportation to Richmond Airport & Staples Mill Amtrak during Fall,
Thanksgiving, Winter & Spring Breaks.
The Campus Loop shuttle is a nightly continuous shuttle that runs through campus seven (7) days a week with extended service on weekends. The university also provides special event shuttles to local & regional destinations throughout the school year.
Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:
A brief description of the guaranteed return trip 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 four 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 five EV charging stations: two in front of Weinstein Hall, our Human Resources and Speech Center, one behind Maryland Hall, and two outside of Queally Hall, the admissions center, which opened 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 that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:
A brief description of the condensed work week option:
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 employ other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting (e.g. preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles, cash-out of parking programs)?:
A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:
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 Virginia, including the Richmond region. The RideFinders Bike and Pedestrian Commuter Services also provides safety clinics as requested.
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 programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission: