Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.88
Liaison Alex Frank
Submission Date April 14, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-Madison
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Alex Frank
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

UW-Madison participates in two local bicycle-sharing programs (https://transportation.wisc.edu/bicycling/bike-sharing/):

Red Bike Program:
- Budget Bicycle Center runs a long-term bike rental program. Participants have to put down a deposit or credit card imprint when renting a bike but that deposit is returned when the bike and lock is returned (making the total cost free!). Bikes are serviced for free during the summer by Budget Bicycle Center. The only maintenance required of the rider is a weekly tire pressure check.

Madison BCycle:
- Madison BCycle is an urban bike sharing program. There are 300 bikes across more than 40 stations throughout the city, with 15 stations in close proximity to campus. UW Transportation Services, in partnership with BCycle, has reduced membership prices for UW students, employees and affiliates, to just $20 per year with a UW email account.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Zipcar is UW-Madison’s carsharing partner (https://transportation.wisc.edu/commuter-solutions/carshare/). They provide cars for short term rental by the hour or day, with gas and insurance included. Discounted personal memberships are available for UW students, staff and faculty and UW Health employees. UW departments can sign up for departmental Zipcar memberships and allow their (state-driver approved) employees to reserve and use Zipcars for work purposes.

Does the institution offer preferential parking or other incentives for fuel efficient vehicles?:

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

Electric vehicle recharging stations are located on the first floor of parking lots and reserved for EV vehicles (https://transportation.wisc.edu/parking-lots/#evcharge) and their use is free for any permit holder or paid visitor parking customers.

UW-Madison also has designated moped and e-scooter parking lots (https://transportation.wisc.edu/parking-lots/locations-and-hours/#moped-and-e-scooter-lots) to support the safe use of these vehicles.

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:

Level 2 Electric vehicle charging stations are available in 13 parking ramps and garages. Use of charging stations is cost-free to permit holders and paid visitor parking customers. All except one location have ChargePoint stations, an easy-to-use network portal for managing electric fueling (https://transportation.wisc.edu/parking-lots/#evcharge and https://na.chargepoint.com/charge_point).

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 programs or initiatives to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and/or reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:

A brief description of other programs or initiatives to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and/or reduce the impact of student and employee commuting:

Transportation Services offers many commuter solutions for students and employees:

- UW campus bus routes are fare-free for all riders (https://transportation.wisc.edu/bus/). Students pay for bus passes through segregated fees (https://asm.wisc.edu/buspass/). Employees can purchase bus passes at a greatly subsidized cost (https://transportation.wisc.edu/bus/employee-bus-pass-program/).
- Transportation Services administers a carpool program for faculty and staff. Carpool benefits include six complimentary, temporary daily parking passes per carpool member per year and sharing the permit cost among the group (https://transportation.wisc.edu/carpool/).
- Emergency Ride Home (ERH) is a supporting service designed for UW employees who choose an alternative to driving alone to campus. In an emergency, employees may use a pre-printed voucher or pre-requested code to cover the cost of the cab ride home. ERH is intended as a safety net so those who choose not to drive to campus do not worry about being stranded in an emergency (https://transportation.wisc.edu/commuter-solutions/emergency-ride-home/).
- The Flex Parking Program is designed to complement alternatives to driving, such as biking, walking, telecommuting and taking public transit. Flex parking is a pay-as-you go program with no monthly permit cost (https://transportation.wisc.edu/permits/flex-parking/).
- SAFEwalk is a free, nighttime walking companionship program that is available to all students, faculty, staff, and UW visitors (https://transportation.wisc.edu/safewalk/).
- Bicycle air and repair stations are available at several locations around campus. There is also a free University Bicycle Resource Center for do-it-yourself repairs and bicycle-related classes (https://transportation.wisc.edu/bicycling/).

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainable transportation is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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