Sustainability

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Transportation

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Zipcar

Ride Sharing

Bicyles

Transportation and Parking

Motor Pool

Fuel Mileage

Train

Links

 

Zipcar

Need a car but don't have one on campus? Have a car but you don't want to bring it to campus? Try Zipcar, the car borrowing service now available on campus. Borrow by the hour, day or longer. Find out more here.

ride sharing

Ride Sharing

The Ride Sharing Program. West Chester University is pleased to announce the establishment of a ride sharing program for WCU faculty and staff. WCU has teamed up with eRideShare, North America's leading online carpooling system, to bring West Chester University staff & faculty a free carpooling program.

The WCU RideShare Program is a web based ride-posting system whereby interested faculty & staff can post their travel times and routes and then coordinate with agreeable colleagues to share a ride. WCU RideShare postings only consist of other WCU employees. Registering is free and your name and email is kept private.

The website offers helpful information and instructions however, you may contact Melissa Nejbauer in the Human Resource office with any questions.

Bicycles

To more effectively integrate bicycles into transportation options at WCU, we need to build a more supportive environment. This will take a champion and an implementation plan. There are sucess stories out there such as this one at Humboldt State University.

The BLUER Bike/Ped Subcommittee is focussed on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the Borough by reducing the amount of car traffic and replacing it with bikers or walkers. However, there are obstacles to making West Chester more bike and pedestrian friendly. This committee concentrates on identifying, prioritizing and finding solutions to these obstacles. It works with the Borough, the business owners, drivers and the walking/biking public to improve the pedestrian and biking experience in West Chester.

The University of New England and Ripon College in Wisconsin are giving free bikes to freshmen who promise to leave their cars at home. Other colleges are setting up free bike sharing or rental programs, and some universities are partnering with bike shops to offer discounts on purchases. You can read more about these programs here. Fuji bikes and Emory University have teamed up for a bike share project. If you are interested in starting or participating in such a program at WCU, get in touch with the Sustainability Advisory Council.

  • West Chester Cycling Club
  • CityRyde CityRyde is a bicycle-sharing company headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. Our bicycle sharing services are a supplement to the existing transportation infrastructure of major cities. We recognize that cycling is an ideal eco-friendly form of transportation and have designed a program to bring cycling to the masses. Our program is safe, cost effective, convenient, secure, and very reliable. We are reinventing the wheel.

Transportation and Parking

Familiarize yourself with various transportation options for traveling around the West Chester Community and with the parking regulations for West Chester University and the Borough at WCU's Transportation and Parking site.

 

Motor Pool

West Chester University's Motor Pool is actively involved with the sustainability movement on campus. They have twenty-three vehicles that run primarily or exclusively on compressed natural gas (CNG). CNG is a cleaner burning alternative to gasoline. Nine vehicles are dedicated CNG and fourteen are bi-fuel and capable of operating on CNG or regular unleaded gasoline. As a matter of practice, gasoline is only used when CNG is unavailable. WCU installed two CNG refueling stations on campus to ensure ready availability of the fuel.

gas pump

Since WCU began dispensing CNG in 2001, there has been a regular increase in the amount of CNG used and a steady decrease in the volume of gasoline. In 2007, the quantity of CNG pumped topped 10,000 gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE) for the first time. This is a positive step towards reducing the amount of tailpipe pollution.

In another pollution reducing effort, the Motor Pool has switched from diesel fuel to ultra low sulfur B20 biodiesel this spring. The new fuel is made from 20% non-fossil sources. It is cleaner burning and provides the same power as traditional diesel.

Additional information about the WCU Motor Pool may be found here.

Fuel Mileage

You can check the fuel mileage of any car here. Lots of other tips about automotive fuel usage can be found at Fueleconomy.gov.

Train

The R3 once came to West Chester but service stopped in 1986. Will it do so again? If you are interested in reestablishing train service to West Chester, you can sign this online petition.

There is also a blog discussing it.

Here is a site on the past and potential future of the R3.

Links

If you would like to find out more about how transportation affects WCU's carbon footprint, take a look at our Carbon Footprint page.

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission The Transportation Planning Division of DVRPC is responsible for coordinating the transportation planning process conducted in the nine-county region, collecting and providing data for regional studies, conducting research, and developing the long range transportation plan and the short-term transportation improvement program.

Listed below you can find a number of links to help you with transportations issues in and around campus and West Chester.