UBC is the second largest commuter destination in Metro Vancouver. In the fall of 2009, a total of 124,300 people travelled to UBC by car, truck, motorcycle, transit, bicycle, or by foot on an average weekday.
Of this total, approximately 32 per cent of trips to campus in 2009 were made in single occupancy vehicles (SOVs). Besides contributing to the more than 17 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions generated by Metro Vancouver annually, a UBC commuter can pay up to $800 a month in SOV commuting costs.
Choosing sustainable transportation just one day a week could reduce SOV trips to UBC by 20 per cent—and result in a cleaner atmosphere and more cash in commuters’ pockets. You can help your colleagues make this shift by educating them on their transportation alternatives.
Follow these steps to encourage your colleagues to take transit, cycle, carpool, or walk to UBC.
Get support for your promotional efforts. Contact Adam Cooper at the Transportation Planning Office to receive a series of transportation choices postcards (sent via campus mail). Place them on visible bulletin boards in hallways, kitchens and shared spaces. Contact Paul Cheng at Translink to order bike and transit maps to distribute in your department.
Invite your colleagues to visit UBC’s Transportation Planning website, and inform them of their many transportation options. Be sure to tell them about the Emergency Ride Home program, which provides commuters who take transit, cycle, carpool, or walk to work with a reliable ride home via cab when an emergency arises.
Explore if telecommuting is an option for your department and your colleagues. Human Resources has a telework policy for Management and Professional staff.
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