Three chances to be part of alternative transportation

Bikes parked on campus

Colorado State University community members have three new opportunities to participate in alternative transportation initiatives. Bicycle advocates are invited to help keep CSU one of the top bicycle-friendly universities in the nation, proposals are being accepted for ideas on how to improve campus transportation options, and drivers can purchase electric cars at a discounted price.

Bicycle friendly survey

CSU is one of five universities nationwide designated as a Platinum Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. CSU and Fort Collins actually share platinum status, one of only three partnerships nationwide with that recognition.

A portion of the application for ranking depends on feedback from students, staff, faculty, alumni, and/or community members who are familiar with the current bicycle programs, facilities, and amenities on campus. CSU has again applied to the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly University program and are asking all bicycle enthusiasts to complete an online survey that will be used in the upcoming evaluation. To help boost CSU’s ranking, please take the survey, which closes on Oct. 1.

Campus transportation proposals

The Alternative Transportation Fee Advisory Board, which reports to the Associated Students of Colorado State University Student Fee Review Board, is accepting proposals that involve alternative transportation projects that benefit students. Proposals must enhance transportation safety, meet design benchmarks including cost and maintenance, and outline environmental benefits. Past projects funded include the SkiSU bus that transports students from campus to ski areas in the winter and creation of the Green Bike Trail from the Shields Street underpass south of Moby to the Lory Student Center.

A list of criteria, submission form and deadlines are available on the board’s website.

Electric cars

Until Sept. 30, Colorado residents can purchase electric cars at a discounted price through a partnership with CSU, the city of Fort Collins, the city of Loveland and the Electrification Coalition. Drive Electric Northern Colorado is a first-of-its-kind, community-wide initiative designed to encourage the use of plug-in electric vehicles.

To take advantage of the program visit the DENC website.