Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.05
Liaison Nicole Arsenault
Submission Date April 20, 2016
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STARS v2.0

York University
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.63 / 2.00 Nicole Arsenault
Program Director, Sustainability
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:

All main buildings on campus are equipped with triangle bicycle racks where bikes can be securely locked. Indoor monitored bike parking can also be found in the Arboretum Lane parking Garage. Showering facilities are available to use at the Tait McKenzie building, while some other buildings, such as the Kaneff Tower also have showering facilities. Lockers can also be rented at the Tait McKenzie building.

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:

Yes, There are bike racks within 50 feet of all buildings on Campus. As well as secure, long-term bike parking located in both the Arboretum Lane parking garage, and the Student Services parking garage.

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:

All pedestrian paths at York University are considered shared-use zones, which means both cyclists and pedestrians have access to them.

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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

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 students are eligible for the discounted Post-Secondary Monthly Metropass.

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:

York University is one of the founding partners of the Smart Commute NTV. Smart Commute NTV is an award-winning non-profit that partners with businesses in North Toronto, Vaughan to reduce traffic congestion and to advocate for sustainable transportation. This free, ride-matching system helps York University staff and students find a carpool partner.

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:

York University has partnerships with two car sharing companies: ZipCar and National Car Share. These services are available to campus faculty, staff, and students, as an environmentally-friendly alternative to the costs and hassles of keeping a car on campus. The partnership continues York’s commitment to provide sustainable transportation options.

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:

In December 2015, a new solar photovoltaic charging station for electric vehicles was installed. This station will enable private and electric vehicle car-sharing solutions to be accessed by both students and employees of York.

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:

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:

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:

York University Development Corporation, the university, and Tribute worked together to develop housing close to campus. The housing project known as “The Village” was constructed in 2005 and met York’s criteria for a livable, vibrant community that strengthens the fabric of the York community and contributes to its goals of walkability, sustainability, and positive environmental impact.

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:

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

Transportation Services encourages commuting to the University through alternatives to the single occupant motor vehicle and supports the use of public transit, carpool, biking and walking. The goal has been to reduce the demand for parking and increase awareness of alternative sustainable methods of transportation. The commuter modal split has been dramatically altered in the past 10 years from the use of predominantly single occupant vehicles to alternative, more sustainable modes of travel. Currently, there are approximately 2,577 daily bus trips at the Keele campus, servicing the needs of students, faculty, staff and visitors, making it one of the largest transit hubs in the country

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