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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.76
Liaison Trina Innes
Submission Date Oct. 10, 2014
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University of Alberta
OP-T2-28: Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Benjamin Louie
University Architect
Facilities & Operations
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Has the institution developed a bicycle plan?:
Yes

A brief description of the plan:

The University of Alberta’s grounds are restricted to pedestrians, bicycles, service vehicles and emergency vehicles only, allowing movement around campus to be safe and accessible. Personal vehicles may park in lots or structures located on the periphery of campus. Furthermore, there is a bus loop to serve the Transit Centre, centralizing the route of transit vehicles passing through campus.

UAlberta’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan are included in both Appendix XX of the Long Range Development Plan (LRDP, written in 2002 and amended in 2014) and the North Campus Open Spaces Plan (June 2014).

The University of Alberta’s North Campus Open Space Plan describes the campus’ pedestrian network is well-developed and fine-grained, meeting the needs of campus users. The pathways connect to all parts of the grounds. Whenever new development occurs, new pathways are created. It also notes that the surface pedestrian network is supplemented by pedway connections between buildings, providing alternate pathways for winter months. Pedestrian paths are multi-use and also facilitate the movement of bicycles around campus. In addition, bike lanes found in the surrounding communities (116 Street, 112 Street, 110 Street, University Avenue, and Saskatchewan Drive) that connect campus to the city’s bicycle network.

The Open Space plan also strives to guide the design of exterior environments by promoting universal accessibility, feelings of safety and security, and providing clear way finding on campus. Actions taken to enhance these characteristics of campus include:
• Providing safe and legible access to cycling infrastructure.
• Providing clear and well lit pedestrian routes around the campus perimeter.
• Providing emergency access routes designed to facilitate access while also creating a high quality pedestrian environment.
• Reducing pedestrian, vehicle and cyclist conflicts through clear and legible design standards.

The LRDP reinforces an integrated approach to enhance pedestrian and bicycle routes to improve movement throughout campus. Creating areas of campus that are designed exclusively for pedestrians and bicycles increases safety, makes it more comfortable to move around campus and provides an opportunity for improved circulation and way finding. UAlberta is also working with the City of Edmonton to provide shared-use network routes linking campus to the rest of Edmonton. This promotes increased use of the paths and provides a safer route for campus commuters.

Other examples of initiatives that encourage bicycle use at the University of Alberta include:
• Free bike checks, supported by the Sustain SU Bike Library mechanic, occur at several events throughout the year
• Campus Security offers bicycle registration stickers and bicycle security tips
• Vertical, covered bicycle racks are available at the East Campus Village Graduate Residence
• Additional bicycle rack locations are added where possible during new construction projects


The website URL where information about the plan is available:

Additional Responsible Party

Name: Pat Jansen
Department: Facilities and Operations
Position: Associate Vice President, Planning and Project Delivery

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