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Carpooling became easier at Santa Clara thanks to Zimride. The University partnered with the social network website for ridesharing in the fall of 2011. The site connects Santa Clara University students, faculty, and staff with each other so they can request or offer rides. The service helps reduce the number of single occupancy cars coming to campus, which will ultimately reduce the University's carbon footprint. Visit www.zimride.scu.edu and register with your scu.edu email address.
Santa Clara has partnered with Zipcar to expand transportation opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members. After enrolling in the program on Zipcarʻs web site, participants can choose to reserve a Toyota Prius, Scion xB, or Honda Insight. Most vehicles are available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are five vehicles located in the Mission lot and eight located in the Accolti lot. Visit Santa Clara's Zipcar page for more information.
SCU encourages carpooling by offering free parking passes for carpools which are vehicles that arrive on campus with 2 or more persons. Each carpool will receive five daily parking passes per month for participants’ use during the month of issuance, and must be validated on day of use by Campus Safety at the University’s Main Gate. See the Transportation Services site for the latest information and to register for this benefit program. To start or join an existing carpool, visit Ridematch, a free service of 511.org.
Many students, faculty, and staff use bicycles as a convenient way to get to SCU. Bicycle racks are located throughout campus, as well as a couple fix-it stations. The SCU Bicycle Commuter Program provides an incentive for persons to bicycle to work in support of the University's sustainability goals. Participants must reside more than 1.5 miles from campus. Learn more about bicycle security or view an interactive bikeways map for Santa Clara County.
SCU provides public electric vehicle charging stations on campus. These stations are free for campus parking permit holders or cost $1.00 per hour for all other users with a maximum charge of $6.00. The stations were installed as part of a grant, and they fill a gap as the nearest stations are at the SJC airport, downtown San Jose, and along the peninsula. Users registered with the ChargePoint Network can see available charging stations online.
SCU is very fortunate to be located directly across the street from the Santa Clara CalTrain/VTA Transit Station. There is excellent bus and rail service to the area, including a free shuttle to the airport that leaves every 15 minutes. To encourage employee use of public transportation, Santa Clara University offers transit tickets at substantially reduced rates for faculty and staff. Learn more about this employee benefit by visiting the Transportation Services website.
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Bronco cyclists! Check out an fun, short Instagram video of Santa Clara University's new bike fix-it stations by clicking on the photo below.
SCU Transporation Services recently installed four Dero Bike Fix-it stations around campus:
- Swig Hall North steps - Kennedy Mall side (instagram video location)
- San Fillippo West end - near Sobrato Fountain
- Campus Safety/ Transporation Services
- the University Villas
The stations feature a rack to hang your bike when fixing it up, a heavy duty tire pump, and bike wrenches of various sizes that can adjust brakes and derailleurs and secure parts.
For more information about these station such as tutorials on how to make repairs at this station, check out the QR code on the front of each station or visit the Transportation Services site.
Contributed by Thomas Wheeler '16, Sustainability Intern, Academic Programs