The UCSC campus has always strived to find sustainable solutions to its challenging topography. In the past years, sustainable alternative forms of transportation have increased significantly. In 1972, UCSC first instituted a transit fee that reflected the campus’ high commitment to providing reliable alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles. In 2007, Measure 24 was passed which increased student transportation fee in order to continue to provide students with adequate transportation services, such as the Night Owl service and continuation of unlimited ridership on Metro buses.
Even though student enrollment has increased, sustainable transportation initiatives at UCSC have resulted in an approximate decrease in overall fuel use of 4.8%. Due to the commitment from Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) in promoting sustainable forms of transportation, there has been a significant reduction to the number of single-occupancy vehicle use. Currently 60% of all person-trips that are made to and from campus employ sustainable transportation practices. The campus bike community has also provided increasing support for beginning cyclists by introducing bike shuttles, an on-campus bike co-op, bike maintenance stations, and many more services.
Vision: Increase walking and bike safety on campus
Vision: Interactive Campus Signage and encouraging alternative transportation
The Student Environmental Center’s Transportation Campaign: http://sec.enviroslug.org/transportation.html
Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS): http://taps.ucsc.edu/
Transportation Working Group: http://sustainability-dev-2.ucsc.edu/governance/committees/working-groups
Office of Sustainability Transportation Advisory Committee: http://sustainability.ucsc.edu/governance/committees/transportation-advisory-committee.html
TAPS Bike Library: http://bikelibrary.weebly.com/
This year, TAPS planned a "Walk to Class Challenge Day" in which students registered and pledged to walk to their classes for one day. The purpose of the event was to promote walking as a viable and sustainable transportation mode for cross-campus travel, reduce UCSC’s carbon footprint, improve individual health, and help students make more sustainable choices for themselves and the environment.
TAPS also runs the Bike Library and Helmet Giveaway on campus. Both originally projects of the Student Environmental Center, they promote bike ridership and support a growing bike community by providing bikes and helmets to students, faculty, and staff who would otherwise not have them.
To improve safety among the bike community, the Bicycle Transit Planning Team (BTPT) under the Impact Designs: Engineering & Sustainability through Student Service (IDEASS) program on campus compiled data from different sources to and used Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to discover most frequently traveled roads, road quality, and past cycling collision locations and created a map to outline this information.
Campus Sustainability Plan
Reduce UCSC-related transportation impacts and associated GHG emissions including fleet fuel use, air travel, commute, service/delivery and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.
Promote and increase use of non-Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV) transportation modes for travel to and from campus.
Promote and increase reliance on human-powered transportation modes for on-campus travel.
Research, develop, and test new funding model and sources for transportation services, programs, and infrastructure that support the campus sustainability vision.
Provide opportunities for the campus community to increase understanding and engage in sustainable transportation activities