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Don't Drive Alone

For the month of September, we're asking you to focus on transportation. Driving alone burns more gasoline, releases more greenhouse gases, and increases congestion more than the alternatives of taking the bus, using a shuttle, carpooling, or bicycling.

A five-mile, one-way commute in a standard efficiency car will release about 4.5 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalents (eCO2) into the atmosphere. That adds up over the year to approximately 1 metric ton eCO2 (MT eCO2) of the University's 51,000 MT eCO2. These numbers go even higher if you encounter traffic during your commute or repeatedly start and stop during the trip. Swapping your car ride for the bus or shuttle will drop your emissions down to 2.8 lbs eCO2. Another option for lowering your car-related emissions is to carpool. Remember, you can drop your emissions to zero if you walk or use a bicycle.

If you're planning to hit the road alone, consider one of these alternatives:

  • Use the University's shuttles to get around campus and the city
  • Look for the green bikes available for anyone to use
  • Walk to classes and meetings on campus
  • Carpool when commuting or travelling off campus or out of town
  • Use the GRTC buses to commute or travel around town


Join the offices of sustainability and transportation to learn more about alternatives to driving.

GRTC, Ridefinders, and Shuttles on Campus

September 4, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. outside the transportation hub at the bus stop
A speaker from Ridefinders will join us at 12:30 p.m.

A GRTC bus, a University shuttle, and a Zipcar will be available for visitors to check out.

Information will be available for the following services:

  • GRTC bus passes and schedules
  • Shuttle services destinations and schedules
  • Shuttle excursions
    • First Fridays at UR Downtown
    • Prime Outlets
    • Folk Festival
    • Winter Lights Tour
  • Ridefinders carpool matching and emergency ride home services sign up

From Here to There: Exploring the transportation options on campus

September 25, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the forum (rescheduled from September 18th due to weather)
Join us for games and prizes while learning how to get around campus and to popular destinations in the city. You can also check out a Zipcar and see how they work.

Information will be available for these programs:

  • Shuttle services destinations and schedules
  • Shuttle excursions
  • Zipcar
  • Green Bikes
  • Bike safety and maintenance
  • Service Shuttle

Celebrate alternative transportation

Put your new knowledge of your transporation options to use on September 28th. Use Ridefinders to find a carpool match, ride your bike, or hop a bus or shuttle to campus. Let know if you'll use alternative transportation or used an electric vehicle, hybrid, motorcycle, or scooter on September 28th and we will track how many pounds of greenhouse gases we keep out of the atmosphere.

Bicycle Commuting

Bicycle commuters are encouraged to register their bikes on campus. Recreation and Wellness offers minor repair services including tire inflation if you have problems with your bike on campus. The GRTC buses and University shuttles have bike racks installed to assist with multi-modal commuting. The Virginia Bicycling Federation provides more informaiton for cyclists in Virignia. Please email if you would like to receive information about bicycling events and celebrations on campus.

Vehicle drivers: remember that Virginia law requires that you leave at least 2 feet of clearance when you pass a bicycle.