Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.65
Liaison John Gardner
Submission Date Nov. 27, 2019
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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.80 / 2.00 John Gardner
Sustainability Planning & Policy Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Cycle-Safe bike lockers are secure and weatherproof lockers that are available to residents of University Housing. Each unit is keyed separately and is located next to South Tower in Sandburg Hall. 50 storage units are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cambridge Commons residence hall also features indoor bike storage. In addition, shower facilities are available for bicycle commuters in a number of buildings (building and room #): University Services & Research, Engelmann Hall B21/B25, Architecture & Urban Planning B90A/B90B, Lubar Hall B22/B24, Mitchell Hall 334/372, Northwest Quad 1561/1565.

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:

UWM provides short-term bicycle parking within 50 ft of all occupied, non-residential buildings and long-term bicycle storage is available for students in University Housing.

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:

The strategies from the 2014 Parking & Transit study enveloped a bike infrastructure plan designed on campus and were approved by shared governance as campus strategy. This was preceded by the 2012 Bicycle Advisory Task Force recommendations based on the 5 E's. In 2018, UWM undertook a Bike Hub Study to build a better strategy for bike parking and campus connectivity.

Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

In 2015, UW-Milwaukee Student Association supported the implementation of 6 bikeshare stations on the UWM campus and city locations as contiguous to Milwaukee's "Bublr" bikeshare system. UWM students are consistently among the highest users of the Bublr bikes. UWM entered into a five year agreement with Bublr. The first full year, UWM students received full membership. In years 2-5, UWM students will receive a greatly discounted rate of only $20 per year for a Bublr membership. Membership allows all 60 minute rides, station to station, for free.

Also, UWM Outdoor Pursuits offers rental bikes to UWM students to use for free for longer trips. Bikes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Locks, lights, and helmets are available upon request and the program also offers free minor tune-ups and small repairs to students.

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:

UWM offers students taking at least one class for credit on campus a semester long bus pass that will allow unlimited free rides on any Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) bus. The pass fee is included in tuition as part of student segregated fees. For staff, UWM offers a Commuter Value Pass, a reduced fare, unlimited ride bus pass valid on all MCTS routes.

The University Prowl Line shuttle service operates continuously between the UWM Kenwood Campus, Kenilworth Square Apartments, Cambridge Commons, RiverView Residence Hall, and an off-campus shuttle lot. UWM also offers BOSS, a free van transportation service around the campus neighborhood, as well as an off-campus shuttle to transport students and faculty between buildings to and from the main campus during the day.

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:

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:

UWM offers the Zimride private ridesharing network to students, faculty and staff.

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:

UWM has 10 charging stations on campus, including one fast-charge station. Charging stations are located at NWQ, Lubar School of Business, and EMS. Charging stations are run through ChargePoint. All charging stations are available to the public for a parking fee + charging fee and are available to parking garage pass holders as part of the yearly garage fee. In addition, UWM had the first EV fast-charge stations in Milwaukee County.

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:

A UWM telecommuting work policy option allows academic staff to request permission to perform responsibilities away from their offices where appropriate and consistent with operational needs.

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:

UWM encourages employees to request alternative work patterns when appropriate and consistent with the operational needs of the University and collective bargaining agreements.

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:

Preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles is only in place at the Zilber School of Public Health.

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