UofL supports sustainable transportation choices which improve health and community while reducing the amount of cars coming to campus, fuel consumed, and emissions generated.
Save money. Get fit. Build community. Protect the planet.
There has never been a better time to break the expensive, unhealthy, polluting habit of driving alone. Consider these fun, lower-cost, health-promoting, planet-friendly alternatives for getting around. Anyone who regularly commutes via bike, bus, carpool, or vanpool can register for the free Guaranteed Ride Home program providing 80% of the cost of an emergency taxi ride home up to four times per year! You can even stop to pick up a child on the way home!
Green Commuting Superhero! Meet Mary Lu Schooler, a money-saving HSC staffer who lives in Oldham Co. but decided to park her car and take the bus!
- Anyone with a UofL ID can ride the entire TARC bus system for free! Simply show the driver your ID as you board. Good on all routes, any time. Learn more here.
- TARC can ease your daily commute or relieve the stress of traffic and parking when you have an appointment to get to or an errand to run.
- Don't waste time and money driving! On a TARC bus, you can study, get work done, text, play games, listen to music, chat with friends and neighbors, or just relax. TARC's new eTran commuter shuttles even feature free onboard wi-fi and outlets for charging mobile devices.
- Route 2 - direct service between Belknap campus, the airport, and downtown.
- Route 4 - direct service to Belknap campus from downtown and south Louisville (Beechmont, Kenwood, Glengarry, and Louisville Industrial Center).
- Route 18 - rapid, frequent shuttle service between Belknap campus and the Health Sciences Center, as well as Shively, Valley Station, Dixie Hwy, and Okolona.
- Route 29 - direct service to Belknap campus along Eastern Pkwy from Oxmoor Center, the Highlands, and Shively.
- Where's my bus?! Get real-time information about the location of every bus in TARC's fleet every minute of the day with the new real-time TARC bus tracker map that includes routes and bus stop locations.
- You can also take your bike on TARC!
- Learn where TARC can take you!
Check out our Bike Master Plan!
- UofL has been named the most bicycle-friendly university in Kentucky, so join the fun, save money & get fit pedaling to campus!
- Learn what UofL bike commuters need to know.
- Map a safer route using the online trip planner at Ride The City, or download the Louisville Bike Map (pdf).
- Register your bike free to aid in theft recovery. Find bike racks with our UofL Bike Parking Map.
- Keep it rolling with one of our five Bike Fix-It Stations or sign up here to get help fixing your bike.
Use your UofL ID to check out a bike, helmet, and lock for free for the day! Bikes are available each day first-come, first-served at:
• Student Rec Center equipment desk
• Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym
• Residence Halls: Community Park, Kurz Hall, Bettie Johnson Hall, Unitas Tower, Miller Hall, and Threlkeld Hall (not just for residents!)
• Simply sign a waiver form and return the bike before the end of the day/weekend.
• Those who check out bikes are responsible for any theft, loss, or damage, so be sure to use the u-lock to securely lock the bike (frame and wheel!) any time you enter a building.
- Earn-A-Bike Program: Forgo a parking permit for at least two years and earn a $400 bike shop voucher!
• UofL students, faculty or staff who are willing to waive the right to a UofL parking permit for at least two years are eligible to receive a $400 voucher to an area bike shop!
• Applications for the program are accepted throughout the summer and vouchers are distributed at mandatory safety and orientation sessions held at the start of each Fall semester.
• Vouchers are non-transferable and have no cash value, but can be used to purchase a bike or fix one up and equip it for year-round commuting with helmet, lock, lights, rack, bags, basket, clothing, tools, spare parts, etc.
• Full details and application here.
Professor Keith Lyle walks .7 miles from his home to campus. Read his UofL Green Scene: This is your brain on driving
2010: 15%, 2011: 25%, 2012: 32%
- Why not live close enough to campus to walk? You'll arrive refreshed and smiling instead of fuming over traffic, construction, and parking hassles.
- Learn how walking to campus can benefit the brain, as well as the heart and pocketbook.
Live too far away to walk, bike or take the bus? Don't drive alone! Many people near you are also headed to UofL, so consider sharing the ride with your neighbors. You'll save money, build community, reduce pollution, ease traffic congestion, and reduce parking problems for everyone!
- Check out the UofL CARpooling webpage for details about getting special carpool parking permits (applicable to any color permit at no extra cost).
- Not only can the permit cost be easily split by the members of the carpool via payroll deduction, but since we know there may be occasions when members of the carpool will have to drive in separately, UofL's carpool permits come with 10 daily parking passes each 6
months for all employee carpool members and 6 daily parking passes per
semester for all student carpool members.
- Zimride is a free, secure network for UofL students, faculty and staff to quickly connect those offering rides with those in need of rides.
- Whether you want to carpool for your daily commute, a few times a week, or just for a one-time trip, Zimride is the easiest way to connect.
- Quickly set-up a profile (or log in with your Facebook account) for free here. Then post your ride offers or needs and Zimride will help connect you.
- Drivers may choose to charge passengers or offer free rides.
- You can also use Zimride to coordinate carpools to events such as conferences, concerts, parties, sporting events, etc.
- Use the Commute Calendar function to calculate your miles, money, and carbon dioxide emissions saved!
- Even if you and three other potential carpoolers don't have a reliable vehicle, you can still share the ride through RideShare by Enterprise.
- Ticket To Ride is a regional service for setting-up Vanpools, Carpools with non-UofL folks, and even Bikepools with your neighbors throughout Kentuckiana. They also administer the free Guaranteed Ride Home program for anyone who regularly bikes, buses, carpools, or vanpools and registers their commute with Ticket To Ride here.
- Use this handy calculator to see how much you'll save!
- All carpool drivers are asked to please abide by UofL's No Idling Policy.
- RideShare by Enterprise is a new service for forming smaller vanpools of just 4 or more people who commute 20+ miles to UofL.
New vanpool program to start at UofL (UofL Today, Mar. 11, 2014)
- The program requires at least a 3 month commitment, but offers a wide variety of vehicle options, insurance, maintenance, weekend vehicle access, a guaranteed ride home program, roadside assistance & loaner vehicles.
- Find a vanpool already in existence or start your own at enterpriserideshare.com.
- Questions? Contact Sara Gooch (firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-479-4764).
- Ticket to Ride also organizes vanpools for larger groups of 7‐15 people that commute to and from work (at least 30 miles total each day) in a van provided and maintained by Ticket To Ride.
- Questions? Contact Kelly Tyra, Ticket to Ride Program Manager at 502-267-5400 extension 104 or email@example.com
- UofL is actively seeking to form Vanpools from:
- Shelbyville / I-64
- Bardstown Rd & Gene Snyder Freeway
- Elizabethtown / I-65
- Jeffersonville / 1-65
- New Albany / 1-64
- Eligible vanpoolers include anyone who is willing to share a ride, works fairly regular hours and drives at least 30 miles roundtrip to their worksite.
- Vanpool drivers are volunteers who are part of the commute. In exchange for driving, they receive credit for the days they drive. If a driver drives 75% or more of the commuting days per month, they receive their commute for free. Drivers are responsible for completing and submitting monthly paperwork to Ticket To Ride, making sure the vehicle is maintained and coordinating with Ticket To Ride staff, as needed. Drivers must be at least 25 years old and approved by the vanpool insurance provider.
- All vanpool drivers are asked to please abide by UofL's No Idling Policy.
- Vanpool passengers pay a monthly fare based on three operating costs (maintenance, insurance and fuel) which are then divided by the number of passengers. Insurance is $150/month/vehicle, maintenance is $0.21/mile/month and fuel costs are charged to a fleet credit card provided to the driver. Sample Vanpool Fares:
*Fare estimates based on 8 paying passengers, 21 commuting days and fuel priced at $3.60/gallon.
Why bring your own car to campus when you can borrow ours?! With UofL Car-Share by Enterprise, you can reserve one of our fuel-efficient vehicles online and pay a low hourly rate (typically $8/hr) that includes gas and insurance. Special overnight & weekend rates also available. Read more.
FALL 2015 PROMO
Join UofL CarShare this Fall for just $1 and drive for only $5/hr!
- Membership is open to all UofL students (over 18), employees, and members of the public with a valid driver's license.
- Reserve a specific car parked on campus and access it using your membership card.
- Cars are parked at the Student Rec Center on 4th St. and near the PNC Bank at 3rd & Cardinal.
- $35 annual membership fee for students (all of which you'll get back if you use the cars as the $35 will appear as usage fee credits).
- $10 one-time application fee for employees (set up a personal and/or professional profile tied to your university credit card)
- Employees who must drive to meetings or other one-day trips are encouraged to use UofL Car-share and charge it to the sponsoring department rather than their driving their own vehicles. This option typically costs the university less than reimbursing employees for mileage on personal vehicles and it takes the liability off the individual.
- Learn more about UofL Carshare by Enterprise here! Follow on
- Those who live or work in downtown Louisville now also have the option of accessing Zipcar carshare vehicles parked in the 4th Street garage just north of Broadway. Monthly or annual memberships also provide access to Zipcar vehicles in dozens of U.S. cities and around the world. Full details about Zipcar here.
- All CarShare users are asked to please abide by UofL's No Idling Policy.
Headed to a conference, meeting, or other trip for university business? Flying is the most polluting, carbon-intensive option. It's also the least comfortable with the most security hassles. On a per-passenger-mile basis, flying causes five to ten times more pollution compared to ground-based means of travel. Consider these lower-impact, less sardine-like options:
- Videoconference, Teleconference, or use Blackboard Collaborate (free to UofL employees!) to avoid the trip all together! With Collaborate you can easily communicate with colleagues within or outside of the university through web conferencing, share video, audio, and applications, give web tours, or use the electronic whiteboard.
- Carpool! It's free and easy to find or offer rides to events through UofL's online Zimride ride-sharing system!
- Take the Bus!
- Greyhound offers connections from Louisville (720 W Muhammad Ali Blvd.) to over 3,000 cities throughout North America with free wi-fi and at-seat plug ins. Book here.
- Megabus offers low-cost express service from Louisville (southwest corner of W Liberty St and S 5th St.) to over 120 cities across North America for as low as $1 with free wi-fi, at-seat plug ins, and panoramic windows. Daily southbound departures for Nashville and northbound departures for Indianapolis/Chicago. Book here.
- Miller Transportation offers regional service from Louisville (720 W Muhammad Ali Blvd.) to cities and towns throughout Kentucky (including Frankfort & Lexington), Indiana, Tennessee, and Ohio, as well as Campus Connector service with stops at Indiana University, IUPUI, Ball State, Indiana State University, Vincennes University, Valparaiso University and Ohio State University. Book here.
- Take the Train!
Efficient, comfortable Amtrak trains depart from Indianapolis (north/west-bound) and Cincinnati (east-bound), and you can book bus connector service from Louisville directly through Amtrak. Book trains here through PanAm Travel.
- Anyone can ride these and all TARC routes FREE by presenting a valid UofL ID to the driver.
- Belknap-HSC Shuttle: TARC Route 18 provides frequent shuttle service between UofL's two main campuses with just 10-15 minutes between buses! Route 18 also provides direct, frequent service to both UofL campuses from Shively, Valley Station, Dixie Hwy, and Okolona/Preston Hwy.
"I work on HSC and have taken the #18 to get to classes or meetings on Belknap, and it has been a breeze in both directions. I really appreciate having this option available, as previously I had been driving. Since the bus comes so often, I don't even check the schedule anymore." - Diana Pantalos, UofL Metabolic Nutritionist
- Belknap Shuttle Service (#94 Cardinal Shuttle): The #94 CARDINAL SHUTTLE service provided by TARC and University Parking and Transportation provides service during the following hours of the Spring and Fall semesters:
Monday - Friday: Begins at 6:40am at Cardinal Stadium and operates approximately every 6-9 minutes with the last trip leaving the SAC at 9:30pm (7:30pm Fridays).
- Belknap West Campus Shuttle (TARC Route 90): On Sept. 15, 2014, TARC added a new UofL West Campus Shuttle that operates Monday through Friday from 5pm to 1am with shuttles every 20 minutes. The Route 90 shuttle service features 13 stops on loop originating at 3rd Street & Cardinal Boulevard. Stops include Cardinal Towne, the Ville Grille, Ekstrom Library, 4th Street at The Grove, Station House Apartments at 6th and Hill, The Belamy and The Province on Shipp Street and Scholar House on W Lee St. At three stops, riders can transfer to other TARC routes (2, 4, 6, 7, 27, 29, 63 & 94), all free with UofL ID. Route 90 map & schedule here.
HSC Campus Shuttle: Provides circulating shuttle service to the HSC community in a figure 8 from the 620 HSC Garage to Nucleus (Brook & Market) Monday-Friday from 6am until 10pm. HSC Shuttle Map. HSC is also served Monday to Saturday by TARC Route 52 - Medical Center Circulator.
- Belknap-Arena Shuttle: Take TARC to the game! TARC operates a shuttle
service from Belknap Campus to the KFC Yum! Center for men's and women's
basketball games. The shuttle is free to UofL students and employees
with UofL ID. The Route 4 shuttle will pick up passengers at the bus shelter at Fourth & Brandeis streets by Louisville Hall and drop them off near the corner of 2nd & Market streets. The return shuttle will pick up passengers at the corner of 5th & Jefferson streets until 11:30pm. Shuttle map. Shuttle schedule.
- Airport Shuttle - TARC Route 2 provides direct service between Belknap campus, the Louisville International Airport (SDF), and downtown. The shuttle is free to UofL students and employees with UofL ID.
- Check out the results of our 2015 UofL Transportation Alternatives survey.
- Compare this to the benchmark results of our 2010 UofL Transportation Alternatives survey.
- Fall 2015: In an effort to continually monitor our progress in promoting the use of transportation alternatives and the barriers to using them, UofL's Sustainability Council and Department of Urban & Public Affairs teamed up to conduct a comprehensive survey of commuting behaviors, opinions, and attitudes within the UofL population. A large, random sample of employees and students was selected to receive the survey and we had a excellent response rate of 29.8% (n= 829) for employees, and 16.3% (n=1163) for students. Thanks to all who took the time to complete the survey! View here the results of our 2015 UofL Transportation Alternatives survey.
- Fall 2015: UofL's Sustainability Council expanded the options for free daily checkout of bicycles on campus by students, faculty, and staff through the UofL Bikeshare program. By fixing up and recycling bikes which had been abandoned on campus, two additional bikes were added to the existing fleet and five more bikes were used to expand the bikeshare program to traditional on-campus housing, with check-out now available for anyone with valid UofL ID at the front desks of Miller Hall, Threlkeld Hall, and Unitas Tower.
- August 2015: The UofL Foundation has installed a newly reconfigured, repaved, and restriped Warnock & Brook corridor at the busy east entrance of Belknap campus which provides new facilities to make bicycling and walking safer and more pleasant! The project completed mid-August 2015 features wider, improved sidewalks; a traffic-calming median on Warnock; new ramps onto the campus pathway network from Warnock at the Lutz circle; and new bike lanes on Warnock from Floyd to Brook; on Floyd Street at Warnock; and on Brook from Warnock south all the way over two railroads to 3rd & Iowa. See photos.
- More Work Bikes For UofL Employees: In 2015, the Sustainability Council equipped the Grounds crew staff (2) and UofL Libraries Book Courier Service (1) with work bikes for getting around campus instead of trucks, golf carts or other polluting, unhealthy, motorized vehicles.
- August 2015: New lower rates were introduced at the hourly pay parking lot at 4th St & Cardinal Blvd. It now costs $1 to park for up to 1 hour; $3 for 1-2 hours; $4 for 2-3 hours; $6 for 3-4 hours; and $8 for over 4 hours. More flexible, hourly parking options like this encourage the use of transportation alternatives vs. long-term permit-based parking which involves a sunk cost that, once paid for, encourages people to bring their car to campus every time. Conveniently located hourly parking allows people who are sometimes willing to use alternatives to drive to campus when they feel they really need to. The rates also encourage visitors who will be on campus more than one hour to take the bus as a lower-fare option.
- June 2015: UofL opened a brand new roadway through the Belknap Engineering and Applied
Sciences Research Park connecting Brook
Street to Third Street at Iowa Avenue via flyover bridges across two
railways, covering just over half a mile. In line with UofL's Bike Master Plan, the roadway is not over-built for cars, but rather features
bike lanes and wide sidewalks on both sides of the street, providing
cyclists and pedestrians a safe and pleasant way to navigate across the
railways that cut across campus.
- May 2015: In an effort to further enhance the safety of the new bike lanes that were installed on 4th Street, delineator posts were installed along the outside of the lanes under the railroad crossing. As called for in our UofL's Bike Master Plan, this creates a physical separation between bikes and motorized traffic through a relatively dark and dangerous section of the roadway that connects UofL's campus to student housing and businesses south of campus.
- April 2015: In line with efforts to implement our Bike Master Plan, a new mid-block pedestrian crossing with curb bulb-outs was installed at the Health Sciences Center to improve safety for walkers and cyclists crossing Preston Street at Abraham Flexner Way.
- New 2014-15 Law School institutes Carbon Offsetting for Travel
UofL Law School Dean Susan Duncan has instituted a $1 carbon offset “flat tax” for every trip funded by the school (whether on plane or overland). Half the funds will go to the Appalachian Carbon Partnership (MACED), and half will go to Native Energy.
- Dec. 2014: Zipcar Carshare Comes to Downtown Louisville
Those who live or work in downtown Louisville now also have the option of accessing Zipcar carshare vehicles parked in the 4th Street garage just north of Broadway. Monthly or annual memberships also provide access to Zipcar vehicles in dozens of U.S. cities and around the world. Full details about Zipcar here.
- Fall 2014: 4th Street Road Diet from Cardinal Blvd to Industry Rd
Metro Louisville’s Department of Public Works hosted two public meetings at UofL in regard to its plans to install traffic-calming measures on 4th Street through Belknap Campus during Fall Break 2014. The plan will effect Fourth Street from Cardinal Boulevard to Industry Road (including a dangerous railway underpass) and involves the addition of buffered bike lanes in each direction; the preservation of existing dedicated turn lanes and on-street parking lanes in both directions; and reducing the roadway to one vehicular travel lane in each direction. The new roadway configuration will look much like 4th Street north of Cardinal Blvd, but with bike lanes. More information on Metro's road diet projects here. The Draft 4th Street Road Diet Plan can be viewed here.
UofL supports this change to enhance safety for all road users, particularly with the significant increase in pedestrian and bicycle traffic that has come with the new housing and Student Rec Center developments around this corridor. A new 654-bed affiliated student housing project (“The Grove”) opened in August at 4th and Industry which has also generated considerably more pedestrian and bicycle traffic along 4th Street.
Public Meetings were held at UofL's Student Recreation Center, 2030 S. 4th Street, Room SRC # 107
Wednesday August 6th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Friday August 8th, 11:30am – 1:30pm
- October 2014: UofL Carshare program added a third vehicle (a red Ford Focus), parked at a new location along 4th Street behind Center Hall across from Billy Minardi Hall and the Student Rec Center.
- New Belknap TARC shuttle starts for off-campus students (UofL Today, Sept. 15, 2014)
- September 2014: New Hourly Pay Lot at 4th & Cardinal
UofL converted its long-term permit parking lot at 4th and Cardinal into a new hourly pay lot costing $2/hour or $12/day with about 175 spots. More flexible, conveniently-located, market-rate hourly parking options like this encourage the use of transportation alternatives vs. the old model of long-term permit-based parking which involves a sunk cost that, once paid for, encourages people to bring their car to campus every time. Hourly/Daily parking options allow people who are generally willing to use alternatives to drive to campus when they feel they really need to. The new hourly rates also encourage visitors who will be on campus more than one hour to take the bus as a lower-fare option.
- In August 2014, bike lanes around UofL on Cardinal Blvd., Floyd,
Brook, 1st, 3rd and Gaulbert Streets were all re-striped with a more
durable thermoplastic lane marking and improved safety design. New sharrows were added to Brandeis Ave between Arthur and Floyd, completing the link between the Germantown Neighborway and the bike lanes on Cardinal Blvd.
- More Work Bikes For UofL Employees: Over summer 2014, the Sustainability Council equipped four more Physical Plant foremen, two Custodial staff, two Grounds crew staff, and the IT Help Desk staff with work bikes for getting around campus instead of trucks, golf carts or other polluting, unhealthy, motorized vehicles.
- On June 8, 2014, TARC launched enhanced service connecting Belknap with downtown, airport and Kentucky Kingdom. In addition to providing Belknap campus with direct service from 3rd Street and Eastern Parkway to downtown or the airport, TARC Route 2 is now your direct connection to summer fun. TARC added service to Kentucky Kingdom at stops near Gates 2 and 3 of the Kentucky Exposition Center. Service was also increased on Route 2, with a new weekday evening trip, and new morning and evening schedules on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. This and all TARC services are free with valid UofL ID.
- Beginning May 29, 2014, University Parking & Transportation will operate an expanded shuttle route at UofL's Health Science Center to include Nucleus and the Jewish Hospital Garage on Muhammad Ali Blvd. The new stops will add 5 minutes to the current route time. See the map of the new shuttle route here.
- In May 2014, the new Falls City Community Bikeworks opened roughly mid-way between UofL's Belknap campus and Health Science Center. The not-for-profit shop is at 1217 Logan Street (just south of Oak) and provides the space, tools and expertise to any community member who wishes to learn and practice bicycle maintenance. The all-volunteer shop also offers refurbished bicycles, equipment, and skills to people who cannot afford to purchase roadworthy bicycles.
- In Spring 2014, shared roadway markings for bicyclists were installed on Hancock Street, running through the eastern side of UofL's Health Science Center.
- On April 25, 2014, UofL students from the PLAN 650 Capstone Studio presented their final project entitled 100 Ideas for the 4th Street Corridor, including numerous recommendations for more sustainable transportation. Everyone is invited to leave a comment about one of their ideas or add your idea for improving the 4th street corridor here.
- UofL worked with Metro Public Works to launch Louisville's first Neighborway, in April 2014! The new route provides safe connectivity for cyclists between Belknap Campus and the Highlands. To access the route from UofL, simply ride east on Cardinal Blvd, which bends and becomes Brandeis Ave. After crossing under the interstate, turn right on Bradley Ave. and begin following the pavement markings which proceed left onto E Barbee Ave, then left onto Shelby St, right onto Delor Ave, left onto Hickory St, jogging across Goss onto Spratt, and then right onto Ellison Ave. Ride that up the hill and you'll arrive at Barret Ave in the Highlands!
- UofL opens its car-sharing program to the public (Courier-Journal, March 22, 2104)
- In spring 2014, new bike racks were installed at the main entrance to Kurz Hall, Law School courtyard, Cardinal Park on Floyd St. and at the new Nucleus building on HSC at Floyd & Market.
- New 65X Sellersburg Express route starts Jan. 27, 2014. To help ease traffic congestion during Ohio River Bridges Project construction, TARC will begin operating an I-65 express route connecting Sellersburg, IN and downtown Louisville. Route 65X will be free to anyone with UofL ID and will feature TARC's new eTran commuter coaches, designed to provide a more comfortable, productive ride, and offering free wi-fi onboard, outlets for charging mobile devices, and overhead storage. Commuters from Indiana can use a park & ride lot at Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg, 11 miles north of downtown just off Exit 9 on I-65. In downtown Louisville, the route will make several stops for connections to other TARC routes, and access to central business and medical center locations, including a stop on UofL's Health Sciences Campus at Chestnut & Jackson. The service will provide four morning and four afternoon round trips. Full details.
- UofL Named 1 of 9 Great Colleges for Cyclists (Bicycling Magazine, Dec. 2013)
- UofL has been named the most bicycle-friendly university in Kentucky (UofL Today, 11/14/13), earning a Silver rating in the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly University program! The designation is valid for 2013-2017. As of Fall 2013, there are a total of 75 Bicycle Friendly Universities in 32 states and Washington, D.C. including three in Kentucky:
1. University of Louisville - Silver (New Fall 2013)
2. University of Kentucky - Bronze
3. Western Kentucky University - Bronze (New Fall 2013)
- In late fall 2013, in consultation with UofL, Metro Louisville completed the installation of two new bike routes connecting Belknap campus to downtown:
1. The route to UofL's Health Sciences Center was completed with a new bike lane and shared-lane markings on Floyd Street, jogging over to the recently installed bike facilities on Brook & 1st Streets via College Street.
2. A new route has been installed to connect the northwestern edge of Belknap campus to downtown, featuring new bike lanes and shared-lane markings on W. Gaulbert Ave. and 6th and 7th Streets north to Market St.
- On October 18th, 2013 UofL opened its new LEED Gold Student Recreation Center, including ample bike parking and new traffic-calming measures and a new mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on 4th Street.
- In Fall 2013, the Sustainability Council continued working to implement our Bicycle Master Plan, which includes designated pathways through Belknap campus to help reduce potential bike-pedestrian conflicts as we increase bike traffic on campus. We began by widening the path at one bottleneck point between Lutz Hall and Schneider Hall and by installing some markings as a pilot trial on a few priority routes. All routes are designed to be two-way. The effort is intended to give everyone some guidance about how to share the pathways, to designate some priority through-routes for bikes, and to give pedestrians a signal that they share the paths with faster-moving bicycles. On campus pathways, cyclists are encouraged to moderate speed, signal when passing, and always yield to pedestrians, no matter where they are.
- Summer sees progress for campus cyclists (UofL Today, Aug. 21, 2013)
Just in time for the new 2013-14 academic year, lots of great things are happening around campus to make bicycling easier, safer, and more accessible for everyone!
1. New bike lanes north-bound from Belknap campus: After two years of advocacy and community meetings organized by UofL, Metro government has just installed new bike lanes on Brook and 1st Streets through Old Louisville, providing Belknap campus with our first ever north-bound bike facility and providing improved connectivity with Health Sciences! The lanes run from Cardinal to College Street and the city has plans to complete the connectivity to HSC, but even now it’s a fairly safe, low-traffic connection from there.
2. Expanded UofL Bikeshare Program: The Sustainability Council has worked with UofL Housing over the summer to expand our bikeshare program considerably! Nine newly restored bikes (with fenders, basket, and lock) have been added to our campus bikeshare fleet and are now available for daily free check-out by any employee or student from the front desks of three residence halls along 4th Street: Community Park, Kurz Hall, and Bettie Johnson Hall. These bikes used to be available for residents only, but are now available to anyone at UofL! These bikes can be of particular help to folks on the northwest side of Belknap campus who want to get across campus, across town, or just to pop over to the new GHN Employee Wellness Center on the opposite end of campus.
3. Suffering from flat tires? The Sustainability Council is now stocking pre-glued tube patches at all five of our Bike Fix-It Stations, which offer 24-hour access to basic tools and a pump on campus (at Humanities, SAC/Red Barn Plaza, SAC Floyd St. entrance, University Tower Apartments and HSC Kornhauser plaza)! For help with repairs, scan the QR code on the Fixit to view detailed instructions, or download the Bike Repair App for iPhone.
4. Find the facilities! Our interactive UofL Bike Parking Map has been updated to include the three new bike check-out locations and our new bike racks installed over the summer at several locations on Belknap and HSC. The map also indicates the Fix-it Station locations. You can also find bike lanes, paths, and safer routes throughout Louisville with the Louisville Bike Map (pdf) which now includes a UofL campus inset!
5. Foremen on two wheels: The Sustainability Council has recently equipped six Physical Plant foremen and two Parking Officers with work bikes for getting around campus instead of golf carts or other polluting, unhealthy, motorized vehicles.
6. Health Promoters on three wheels: Over the summer, the Sustainability Council equipped the Office of Health Promotion with an industrial tricycle for use by health advocates in hauling items across campus and raising awareness at campus events.
- TARC changes affect routes around UofL. On June 9, 2013 TARC made several route changes
that mostly improve service to UofL. When the proposed changes were
announced, UofL collected student and employee comments about the
proposals and submitted them in March. It was generally agreed that the impact on
UofL will be a mixed bag, but more positive overall:
• Revising Route 2 to now go down 3rd St. (instead of Preston) will be a huge benefit to UofL, providing new service directly to Belknap, with direct connections from Belknap (at Eastern Pkwy and along 3rd) to the airport, Old Louisville, and downtown!
• Removing the Medical Center loop from Route 4 will leave UofL with only one route (18) providing direct connections between Belknap and HSC (though Route 18 is already a more direct, preferable connection for that purpose, unless, perhaps, you’re trying to get from the 4th St. area to HSC) and will reduce the bus options for folks trying to get from one part of HSC to another (though most of those needs are covered by other services, such as Route 52).
• The changes to Route 18 will result in minor reductions in the frequency of service, but a new direct connection between UofL (both HSC and Belknap) and two major employers, UPS Worlport and Ford Motor Co.
- On May 20th, 2013, after two years of UofL advocating for such investment, Louisville Mayor Fischer released his 2013-14 budget proposal, including $300,000 to fund bike infrastructure connecting Belknap Campus with downtown! The proposal is for 28 miles of new bike lanes, including "$300,000 for restriping roads to allow bike lanes, primarily between the University of Louisville Belknap Campus and downtown." See the Old Louisville Bike Network map here.
- In March 2013, UofL made pedestrian safety improvements to the Second Street alley and sidewalk area behind the Speed Museum parking garage by installing traffic-calming bollards and and gate, as well as the first separately designated pedestrian and bicycle/service vehicle lanes on any campus paths or alleys. In accordance with UofL's Bicycle Master Plan, the university will be installing more such improvements on campus corridors to improve pedestrian and cyclists safety.
- TARC comes to Belknap to announce improved Fourth Street service (UofL Today, August 27, 2012). Now TARC Route 4 provides even more frequent shuttle service between UofL's two main campuses! Weekdays between 6am and 9pm, buses will arrive every 10 minutes north of Central Avenue and every 20 minutes south of Central. Video.
- Willing to ditch your car? UofL wants to reward you! Check out our new Earn-A-Bike Program: Forgo a parking permit for at least two years and earn a $400 bike shop voucher! Applications accepted through the first week of Fall classes each year. Read story.
- In August 2012, the Sustainability Council installed 66 new bike racks (432 bike spaces) at numerous locations around Belknap campus (see our Interactive UofL Bike Parking Map), as well as five Bike Fix-It Stations with basic tools and a pump (at Humanities, SAC/Red Barn Plaza, SAC Floyd St. entrance, University Tower Apartments and HSC Kornhauser plaza).
- For help with repairs scan the Quick Read (QR) code on the front of the Fixit to view detailed instructions on your smart phone.
These much-needed improvements were funded through our Climate Action Plan. Learn more.
- Bicycle lanes installed on Cardinal Boulevard between Floyd Street and 3rd Street Fall 2012
UofL collected and submitted comments on possible changes to and elimination of TARC routes, with success in preserving eastern portion of service on the #29 route.In May 2012, the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) proposed changes to or elimination of several of its routes, including nine express routes, effective July 1, 2012. The proposed changes included shortening the #29 route that runs through Belknap Campus on Eastern Parkway so that it would end near Bardstown Road and Cherokee Park rather than at Oxmoor Center on Shelbyville Road. This change will not be made due to a strong response from the public. TARC also proposed a change to the #18 route that serves both Belknap and HSC which would eliminate its selected-trips service to the Camp Taylor area. Unfortunately, this change will take place. UofL submitted a response to TARC explaining how these changes will negatively affect faculty, staff and students who rely on these routes, and from those who use other possibly affected routes. More info here. Details on final changes available here.
- In 2012, as a direct result of UofL's Train-the-Trainers Program, funded by a grant from the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission, Get Healthy Now offered Safe Cycling Classes
for all UofL employees and participants in the Get Healthy Now program:
Location: Crawford Gym, Room 15
April 3 - May 8, 2012: Fridays, 11:00 a.m.
July 6 - August 10, 2012: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.
August 2 - November 6, 2012: Thursdays, 12:00 p.m.
The class was designed as a guide to various aspects of safety, such as basic equipment maintenance, skills, and rules of the road. The content was based on the League of American Bicyclists' national BikeEd program, with the central idea being "Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles." The class intended to help you to become a cyclist who rides with greater safety and confidence. Get Healthy Now encourages participants to ride bicycles for fun, fitness, and transportation, leading to a happier and healthier person, planet, and safer environment for all.
These new bike safety classes were made possible by funds generated through the purchase of "Share the Road" license plates by Kentucky motorists! Funding from the Paula Nye Memorial Education Grant has allowed UofL to:
1. Provide American League of Bicyclists Certified Instructors (through a subcontract with Bicycling for Louisville) to conduct free training to educators from university, high school and community organizations in bicycle safety and confident cycling, in order for them to return to their respective institutions to train students and community members; and to provide the educational and curriculum materials needed to train these educators and their future students; and
2. Create, post, and distribute bicycling maps as an additional means to educate people about safe means of bicycling on UofL campuses (reducing conflicts with pedestrians) and bicycling to campus by accessing bicycle gateways and connecting with Metro bike routes and public transit lines. You can see the results of this project in the UofL inset on new Louisville Bike Map (pdf) released March 2013!
UofL officials join private developer for HSC-area residence groundbreaking (UofL Today, March 9, 2012)
- The University is continuing its efforts to make living close to campus an attractive option for students, faculty and staff. Fall 2011 saw the opening of new student housing options adjacent to both Belknap campus and Health Sciences Center.
- The first phase of Cardinal Towne, a new affiliated student housing and retail development, opened in August 2011 on Cardinal Blvd between 3rd and 4th - right across the street from Belknap campus. Cardinal Towne features several green design elements, including accessible vegetated roofs; 170 covered and outdoor bike parking spaces; the ability to monitor energy use in each unit; some ceiling fans and day-lighting; and fully equipped kitchens for student cooking. Watch the video. A second phase will be open August 2012.
- Also in August 2011, new student housing opened at HSC. The Quad is a UofL-affiliated 27-apartment complex at Hancock Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, right next door to the Clinical and Translational Research Building. It is one piece of a larger project, known as The Edge at Liberty Green, which will provide mixed-use, mixed-income, environmentally-friendly housing for employees and students within blocks of our Health Sciences Center and within biking distance of Belknap Campus. Development continues on hundreds of units of various green-designed housing types and sizes for both purchase or rent. The Sustainability Council invites everyone in the UofL community to explore this exciting, new option in low-impact, healthy, urban living!
- TARC makes trip planning more convenient for students and employees! TARC has joined the Google Transit partnership program, a network that provides bus routing and bus stop data in more than 400 cities, and has added a link to the Google trip planner to its website. The trip planner allows users to find such information as bus routes, estimated travel times and even walking directions to the nearest TARC stop. UofL students, faculty and staff can always ride TARC for free by showing their UofL ID. “For University of Louisville students, this improvement in accessibility could be the tipping point between buying a parking pass and driving their car to campus or riding the bus.” -The Louisville Cardinal (December 6, 2011) TARC pairs with Google for quicker transit planning
- In 2011, UofL's released its first Bicycle Master Plan! As a part of our campus master planning efforts, UofL has developed comprehensive plans for making our campuses more walkable and bike-friendly and we are working with Metro government and surrounding neighborhoods to improve linkages with citywide bike routes. Our Bicycle Master Plan provides guidance for facilities, signage, surface treatments, and pathways that are designed to encourage bicycling while enhancing the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians on all three of our campuses.
- In line with our Bicycle Master Plan, UofL is worked throughout 2011 with Bike Louisville and area neighborhood groups to create a plan for a safe network of on-street bike facilities to campus. We especially need a northbound route from Cardinal Blvd that provides safe, (s)low-traffic connectivity with our Health Sciences Center and downtown. Despite resistance to the idea from Metro Public Works, we still think this is an ideal test-case for Louisville's first dedicated Bike Boulevard with limited, local-access-only auto traffic (learn about Portland, Oregon's bike boulevards with this great video). The plan for Old Louisville bike corridors developed through this process is available for review here.
- New bike racks were installed in 2010 at priority locations (most covered) on HSC and Shelby campuses. New racks were added to the Red Barn plaza / SAC west entrance in 2011; and in spring 2012, three new large racks were installed at the north entrance to Louisville Hall, and one covered rack at the west entrance to Threlkeld Hall.
- Nearly 300 employees for UofL's vendors/contractors (including Sodexo, the University Club, SSC Service Solutions, and City Café) came under UofL's agreement with TARC in Fall 2011 to allow them free access to the entire bus system.
- In 2010, UofL adopted a No Idling Policy for all vehicles owned by the University of Louisville or its affiliates or operated by any employee or contractor of the university during the course of their job duties at the university. The policy states, "All vehicles should be turned off when not in use or when the driver leaves the vehicle for any length of time. Equipment should not be left idling more than 1 minute and should be turned off unless doing so would hurt its operation." There are a few stated exceptions to this policy. View the full UofL No Idling Policy.