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October 2011

Alternative Transportation Use Spikes Among UCO Community

As the first month of school wraps up at the University of Central Oklahoma, more students, faculty and staff members than ever are choosing alternative transportation – about 50 percent more of them than at this time last year.
Ridership on the Broncholink bus route, which circles the Central campus, has increased by 50.4 percent in the last year, from 2,037 riders in August 2010 to 3,063 riders this August.

“Members of the Central community want to take advantage of sustainable forms of transportation,” said Tim Tillman, Central’s sustainability coordinator.
“As we provide our community with more alternative transportation options, the number of people using those options increases.”

In 2008, university officials began working with the City of Edmond’s public transit system, CityLink, to create a more efficient busing option for students.New bus routes were created to form the Broncholink route and Route 3, which extends to popular locations off campus.

Prior to the partnership, about 47 riders a month used Central’s self-run busing system. Last month, 4,239 riders – 89 times as many riders – hopped onto the Broncholink route and Route 3 for their on- and off-campus transportation needs.

Broncholink is just one of Central’s many alternative transportation options. Other initiatives include Connect by Hertz (www.connectbyhertz.com), Oklahoma’s first car-share program, and the GetAroundOK carpooling program (www.getaroundok.com), which provides students, faculty and staff a means to connect with others in the Oklahoma City metro for carpool and rideshare options.
Central offers car poolers free parking in a prime location near the Nigh University Center.

“People who live outside of easy biking or walking distance tend to have a real attachment to their vehicles,” said Tillman.

“We want to provide them with a benefit for breaking away from the car culture.”

Additionally, Central’s Bum-A-Bike is recognized as one of the most successful alternative transportation initiatives on campus. The Central community can “bum” a bike through the program for free from Cycology, a full-service bike maintenance shop. Cycology is located in the basement of Central’s Murdaugh Hall.

More information about Bum-A-Bike including registration and reservation of a bike can be found at http://administration.uco.edu/ucowc/hs/ucohc/bum.php.

For more information, contact Tillman at (405) 974-2786 or ttillman2@uco.edu.

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