by Mog,Justin M — last modified Jan 07, 2016 07:10 PM
UofL students, faculty or staff who are willing to stop driving to campus for at least two years are eligible to receive a $400 voucher to an area bike shop!
Let’s make a deal! Trade your parking space for a new bike! (UofL Today, 7/24/15)
Earn-A-Bike program wins national honor (UofL Today, 10/27/14)
Earn-A-Bike program proves popular with students (UofL Today, 9/3/13)
Earn-A-Bike Aims to Get the University of Louisville Cycling (HUD Sustainable Communities eNews, Feb. 2013)
Earn-A-Bike program to let people trade cars for bikes (UofL Today, 7/23/12)
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Sick of the hassle & expense of driving to campus?!
Want to try something cheaper, healthier & greener?!
UofL’s Sustainability Council accepts applications every summer from those willing to not drive to campus and to give up the right to a parking permit for at least two years in exchange for a $400 voucher to area bike shops!
We had a record number of applications for the 2015 Earn-A-Bike Program, with 850 students, faculty, and staff willing to make the commitment to not drive to campus! Applications for the 2016 program will open at the end of the spring 2016 semester.
UofL's Sustainability Council launched the Earn-A-Bike program in August 2012 as part of our Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to encourage students and employees to adopt bicycling for transportation as a healthy lifestyle. Enthusiasm for this program has been outstanding, with 1550 vouchers being distributed in the first four years! In 2015, a record 850 UofL students, faculty, and staff expressed willingness to commit to not driving to campus for at least two years by applying for the program! Similar numbers of applicants were processed in the first three years of the program, as well.
The goals of this nationally-recognized, award-winning program include:
Everyone coming to UofL is encouraged to consider walking, bicycling, taking the TARC bus (free with UofL ID!), carpooling, or vanpooling. Those needing a car once they're on campus can rent one from our fuel-efficient fleet for a low hourly rate through the UofL CarShare program. Bikes can also be checked out free for the day from eight campus locations through the UofL BikeShare program. Full details on all of these transportation alternatives here.
UofL’s Sustainability Council has a limited annual budget for the Earn-A-Bike program. Each August, the program offers a limited number of bike shop vouchers to those willing to use alternative means of getting to campus other than driving. We wish we could award a voucher to everyone willing to make this commitment, but we cannot.
To be eligible for the Earn-A-Bike program, you must be enrolled or employed by UofL at the time of the deadline and you must indicate an understanding that in order to receive a voucher:
That is how you EARN your voucher. There are no exceptions or partial commitments allowed. If you cannot fully abide by the terms of this agreement for the next two years, please do not apply.
Once the deadline for application has passed each year, vouchers will be distributed to eligible applicants based on a prioritization scheme designed to create the greatest impact in terms of changing behavior and reaching as many people as possible. Top priority is given to current UofL parking permit holders, then former UofL parking permit holders, then all others. Those new to campus are given special consideration. Former program beneficiaries are given lowest priority.
How the Program Works: