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Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.27
Liaison Leanne Shewchuk
Submission Date Aug. 16, 2018
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University of Manitoba
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.80 / 2.00 Leanne Shewchuk
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:

The two main campuses, Fort Garry and Bannatyne, offer a combination of pedestrian and cycling facilities including multi-use pathways, bicycle lanes (buffered, protected, and painted), sidewalks, recreational paths, and shared roadways with a 30 km/h maximum speed. Sidewalks are pedestrian-only pathways located adjacent to roadways. New construction of sidewalks should never be less than 1.8 meters. Multi-use pathways provide a location for walking and cycling that is separated from motor vehicles. Ideally, they are a minimum width of 3.5 meters. Recreational pathways are trails located in more naturalized areas with low impact surfaces such as wood chip mulch, grass/dirt or crushed limestone. Bike lanes on campus are either buffered, protected or painted dependent on the roadway volume and speed. Roadways with very low traffic volumes and speed can be suitable for shared use by cyclists and motor vehicles in the absence of a marked shoulder, bike lane or adjacent pathway.

Both campuses offer bike racks outside of all buildings, access to a locked bike cage accessible by swipe card ($10 to activate your card), single bike lockers for $75/year, and shower only passes at the Active Living and Joe Doupe Recreation centres for $10/month.

Does the institution provide short-term bicycle parking for all occupied buildings and makes long-term bicycle storage available for students who live on-site (if applicable)?:

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

All buildings on Fort Garry campus and major buildings on Bannatyne campus have short term bike racks available, both campuses have bike cages in parkades that can be used for longer-term storage and the Arthur V. Mauro Residence also has a bicycle storage room accessible by key which can be obtained at the Residence Office.

Does the institution have a bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy (or adhere to a local community plan/policy) that sets standards and practices for campus streets to enable safe access for all users?:

A brief description of the bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy:

The Office of Sustainability released a Sustainable Transportation Strategy for 2017-2022. The strategy includes pedestrian and cycling plans, transit advocacy, carpooling services, and parking management. The goals and actions in this document have been strategically aligned with local and regional planning policy, including Taking Our Place: The University of Manitoba Strategic Plan 2015-2020; Visionary (re)Generation Master Plan; Bannatyne Campus Master Plan; and the Sustainability Strategy 2016-2018. Key University policies providing guidance include the Accessibility Policy, Sustainability Policy, Health and Safety Policy, and Enterprise Risk Management Policy, amongst others.

Moving Forward: Sustainable Transportation Strategy 2017 - 2022
Pedestrian and Cycling Improvements
"Strategy 1: Identify high-traffic pedestrian and cycling routes"
"Strategy 2: Create pedestrian and cycling facilities on campus to meet current and future demand"
"Strategy 3: Focus on accessibility for all campus users"
"Strategy 4: Examine on-campus bike parking options"
"Strategy 5: Provide and promote additional end-of-trip cycling amenities"
"Strategy 6: Work with internal and external partners"
"Strategy 7: Communicate current and future available route options"

One of the strategies, to develop a Pedestrian and Cycling Plan, was carried out by an external consultant in 2017. The plan that identifies and prioritizes future pedestrian and cycling infrastructure improvements on campus. It presents a 15-year program for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects ranging from upgrades of existing facilities to new construction projects.

Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

The Office of Sustainability started a Bike Fleet program in the Spring of 2017. Offices around campus interested in the program received a refurbished fleet bicycle, a helmet, a lock, a pump, a sign out book and a staff training session. The bicycles are intended to be shared amongst staff in each office for local or on-campus travel.

Does the institution offer free or reduced price transit passes and/or operate a free campus shuttle for commuters?:

A brief description of the mass transit programs:

The University of Manitoba has an on-campus shuttle that runs a 15 minute loop around campus to the different building areas and parking lots. The University also offers the U-Pass, a reduced price bus pass included in tuition fees, for full time students from September to April.

Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:

Does the institution participate in a car/vanpool or ride sharing program and/or offer reduced parking fees or preferential parking for car/vanpoolers?:

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:

The University of Manitoba's Parking Services offers preferred parking spots to Carpool Parking permit holders. As of the Summer of 2017, the University also participates in GoManitoba, a carpool and rideshare app for staff, faculty and students.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program, such as a commercial car-sharing program, one administered by the institution, or one administered by a regional organization?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:

The University installed its first Level 2 charging station in May 2018 in the lot of the Active Living Centre. With the completion of the fourth building in the Engineering Information and Technology Complex, a second Level 2 station will be installed.

Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

Does the institution offer a condensed work week option that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

Employees can request to work a modified work week. The collective agreement for AESES (the largest support staff union) indicates in article 12.8 (previously 11.1.1 :”When an employee chooses to exchange work for time off, or time off for work on an occasional basis, such exchanges shall be at a mutually agreed time on an equal time basis and not on a rate of pay basis. If management approval is granted for a long-term (i.e. exceeding one pay period) and recurring exchange of work for time off, this shall be known as a modified work schedule. A request for a modified work schedule shall be given due consideration by the Employer. The terms and conditions of the modified work schedule shall be confirmed by a Letter of Understanding signed by the Department, Human Resources, the employee(s), and the Association. Employees shall not be requested to initiate such exchanges or to bank regular time in substitution for overtime as defined in the collective agreement"

Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:

Does the institution employ other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting (e.g. preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles, cash-out of parking programs)?:

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:

The University of Manitoba offers bike repair services through UMCYCLE which is run by the University's Student Union as well as self-service bike repair stations.

The University’s campuses, within Winnipeg’s city proper, are each accessed by many bus routes.

More than 100 level 1 EV charging stations are available for use by the campus community. Level 2 and 3 stations are planned in the development of new buildings.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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