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Starting in Septermber 2011, a bike sharing program operating out of the Homer Babbidge Library will begin loaning bicycles to faculty, staff, and students. About twenty bikes are available.

Similarly, starting in late September or early October, Hertz on Demand will bring four vehicles to campus – an all-electric car and three Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles (ULEV) – that may be borrowed by anyone over the age of 18 with a clean driving record. Unlike the bikes, which are free, the cars will cost the borrower $8-$9 an hour. The rental fee includes gas, insurance, maintenance, and 24-hour roadside assistance. There is no cost to the University.

The charging station for the all-electric rental car, donated to the University by Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) in return for research on the station’s use, will also provide the power for an all-electric eStar step van the University is purchasing, using a $75,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation. The eStar is cleaner and less expensive to operate than the 10-year-old diesel truck it will replace.

Above: UConn EcoHusky volunteers educate individuals at the Student Union about biodiesel and alternative fuel vehicles.


Transportation-Related Projects at UConn:

    Campus Bicycle Network Plan


  University Fleet Fuel

  Efficiency Preferred Vehicle
  Purchasing List

(updated lists will be available in Fall 2010)



  Storrs Campus Biodiesel Project




  No Idling Policy Development


  Additional Programs:

  * UConnCycles: Campus bicycle loaner program

  * Human Resources Carpool Tool

  * Exploration of campus carshare program

  * Inclusion of "green" language in campus car rental contract.



Workgroup Scope

Land Use and Transportation Planning and Design

  • UConn Land Use and Impact on Transportation
  • Storrs Center Planning and Impact on UConn Transportation
  • Land use Connections to Mansfield and Environs
  • Parking policy and design

Transportation Demand Management and Multimodal Travel

  • Pedestrian and Bike Travel on Campus
  • Pedestrian and Bike Connections to Mansfield and Environs
  • Bicycling Programs
  • Transit (paratransit, campus, local and long distance)
  • Integrating transportation modes
  • Carpooling
  • Air travel & Carbon Offsets

Fuel Type and Efficiency

  • Vehicle Fleet Mix & Fuel Efficiency Guidelines
  • Vehicle Operating Protocol
  • Alternative Fuels

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