Colleges and universities are well-positioned to take on transportation challenges
College campuses are perfect places to develop sustainable transportation:
Physical Attributes: Campuses are dense hubs of activity that concentrate living, working and learning spaces. Walking and biking can often be the quickest and most convenient mode of travel between campus buildings.
Convenience: Biking is an ideal fit for many college campuses, where travel distances are short and students tend to have limited incomes and low rates of car ownership. College towns have some of the highest rates of bicycle commuting in the country, and at least 90 universities have developed bikeshare programs.
Real Estate: Many universities have strong financial motivations for limiting the use of cars, which consume valuable campus real estate. Instead of building parking lots, campuses can focus on buildings and public spaces.
Safety: Cars can make campuses less pleasant and more dangerous. As a result, universities are creating car-free spaces that are walkable, bikeable, convenient and safe.