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The Road to a Better Commute

Does your commute ever stress you out and ruin the start of your day? If you’re not in the habit of using sustainable transportation in yet, there’s no better time to start! Not only does sustainable transportation make your commute less irritating, it’s also a great way to save money on gas and liven up your mornings!

On May 11th, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) is hosting National Bike to Work Day. There will be 90 energizer stations all over the Bay Area to give out snacks, coffee and encouragement. For the third year in a row, SCU is hosting our very own energizer station for commuters and University employees. We’ll be next to the Bronco statue on the corner of Market and the Alameda from 7:00am-10:00am, so make sure to ride on by!

Biking isn’t the only way to get around Santa Clara, though. Here are just a few of the many options for commuting to and from SCU:

Biking 
One of the easiest ways to get around Santa Clara. SCU has bike racks located around campus along with four Dero Fixit Stations to repair your bike or fill up on air. Zagster bike share also has three locations around campus, allowing you to check out a bike for a midday ride. Need an incentive to ride your bike to work? SCU offers a bike commuter rewards program which exchanges bike rides for parking passes.

Public Transit
We are lucky enough to be located right next door to the Santa Clara Transit Center. From here there is access to CalTrain, VTA buses, Muni Transit, Amtrak, and soon even BART. Santa Clara also offers reduced rate mass transit tickets for Altamont Corridor Express.

Carpooling
If you can’t bike or use public transportation, give carpooling a try and make the trip with a friend! SCU is promoting carpooling by offering free parking passes for carpools (vehicles that arrive on campus with 2 or more persons). Reach out to your peers, friends or fellow staff members to find people in your area, or find a carpool buddy using the ridesharing program SCOOP.

Need inspiration to start your sustainable commute? Many of our own Santa Clara faculty and staff already commute to work by train, bicycle, or foot. All our featured profiles say commuting via sustainable transportation is more relaxing than driving to campus! Other reasons include that it is faster, more convenient, less expensive, reduces your carbon footprint, and that human-powered transportation makes fine exercise!

Sarah Robinson

Commute method: Train

Why is sustainable transportation important to you?
“Taking the train, I feel connected with the industrial revolution and the generations of people whose lives changed with transit opportunities, as well as other major government infrastructure projects now taken for granted by many of us in industrialized countries.  I am grateful to look out the window at forests and the bay wetlands, while taking time to do some reading or grading. Skipping the two-hour traffic mess is so much better!”

Carol Goad

Commute method: Train

Why is sustainable transportation important to you?
“I try my best to tread lightly on Mother Earth. The option to commute by train to campus was integral in my decision to work for Santa Clara University.”

Michael Nuttall

Commute method: Train, Bicycle

Why is sustainable transportation important to you?
“Using sustainable transportation provides a significant benefit to my physical and mental health and allows me to unwind at the end of the day to be more present in my life.”

Damian Park

Commute method: Train, Bicycle

Reason(s) for using sustainable transportation:
It's convenient, inexpensive, relaxing, and faster.

Steven Saum

Commute method: Bicycle

Why is sustainable transportation important to you?
We try to nurture a sense of community in many ways. A walkable, bike-able, environ is the one I want to live in. And who is against clean air and fresh water? I'm down with Pope Francis when it comes to care for our common home. Plus, I've loved the feeling of two human-powered wheels ever since as a kid I got my blue Schwinn Stingray with the banana seat.

David Cajigas

Commute method: Bicycle

Why is sustainable transportation important to you?
“I feel better after riding my bicycle to work than driving, my heart and legs are moving instead of the stress of driving.”

John Michael Reyes

Commute method: Walk

Why is sustainable transportation important to you?
“Two fold: helping the environment and trying to find ways to continue an active lifestyle.”

John Klinger

Commute method: Walk

Why is sustainable transportation important to you?
“Saves our planet.”

 
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