Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.42
Liaison Mary-Lee Townsend
Submission Date Oct. 6, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Western University
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.63 / 2.00 Stefanie De Adder
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
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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:

Bicycle lockers: located throughout campus, these spacious lockers provide safety and protection for bicycles and bike gear.

Shower facilities: located in different buildings around campus such as - the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion (Engineering building), Support Services Building, Thompson Recreation and Athletics, Thames Hall, and the Physics and Astronomy Building. http://sustainability.uwo.ca/documents/transportation/Cycling%20_and_Shower_Location_Map.pdf

Lockers for bicycle commuters: The Western Student Recreation Center (Rec Centre) offers full and half size rental lockers in both the men's and women's locker rooms ($65-108 Sept-April). A limited number of lockers are also available for day use. There are also lockers for rent available at the University Community Center ($45-55 from Sept-April).

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:

Bike racks are located outside every residence on campus, however, limited long-term bicycle storage options are available on campus.

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:

The campus is bicycle- and rollerblade-friendly. The main arteries that lead to the campus core are lined with designated paths, and some routes on campus have been completely closed to vehicles. A large, centrally-located row of bicycle racks and lockers provides a main cyclist hub near the University Community Centre, and students have access to showers and lockers at the nearby Western Student Recreation Centre. In total, the University provides space for 2,100 bicycles across campus, conveniently locating many of the bike racks near building entrances.

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 Purple Bikes group promotes cycling at the University of Western Ontario and at large in the London community.
The Bikeshare lends out bicycles, giving people the opportunity to commute to and around campus and tour the city on a bike.
The Bike Workshop is where bikes are remodelled for bikeshare and is also open to the public so they can do their own repairs. With a $5/term workshop membership, the public can gain access to their tools and inventory where they can purchase new and used parts for their bike.

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):

The Bus Pass program is designed for all full-time undergraduate and graduate students at Western. Students pay a reduced price for the bus pass from an agreement reached between the London Transit Commission (LTC) and the USC (University Student Council). The cost of the bus pass is applied to the tuition statement.

The pass allows unlimited rides to all bus stop locations in London, all hours of operation, seven days a week, which include holidays and on all regularly scheduled LTC bus routes.

Undergraduates: http://www.usc.uwo.ca/buspass/Bus_Pass_Policy.pdf

Graduates: http://sogs.ca/index.php/benefits/bus-passes

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:

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:

Western Parking and Visitor Services joined 'Commuter Connections' - a ride share initiative in 2003. This system is designed to be a 'self-serve' ride-matching service that co-ordinates rides to campus for students, staff and faculty. Preferential parking spaces are available on campus for registered carpools.

All registrations are made through the University of Western Ontario work site listing located on the 'Find a Carpool' page of the following website - www.carpool.ca.

Alternatively, arrangements can also be made with the City of London at https://london.carpoolzone.ca/en/my/index.php

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:

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:

Although there are no formal telecommuting programs at Western, there are some departments and even individual researchers, who make their own arrangements to allow staff to work from home.

There are also a number of individual cases where employees have telecommuted for a period of time as a special arrangement made for various reasons, including injuries of a physical nature that prevents them from coming to campus.

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:

Facilities Management' unionized employees and management have developed a combined staggered and compressed work week format that allows an employee to select his/her starting time and to enable additional days off during the normal work week.

Furthermore, academic and managerial staff normally exercise discretion as to the manner by which they fulfill their responsibilities and may establish reasonably flexible work hours, in both instances subject to the operational requirements of their unit and the University.

http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/mapp/section6/mapp61.pdf (2nd paragraph)

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:

Students, faculty and staff members of Western are eligible to apply to live at Platt's Lane Estates. These townhouses feature all the amenities for comfortable family living, while situated close to the university.

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:

Western is participating in Ontario's Share the Road, U-Cycle campaign. One of the student benefits of this campaign allows for bike riders to receive a discount at participating businesses within London when they come in with their helmet and Western student card.

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