Personal vehicle commute dominates as the primary form of transportation to campus and the consumption of gasoline alone is leaving a carbon footprint that overshadows the active and public transportation. For the 2016-2017 academic year, Chapman University’s population was estimated to emit 3261 metric tons of CO2 by personal vehicle commute alone, which is about how much CO2 that 3076 acres of US forests would sequester in one year.
The costs of driving a personal vehicle, versus the savings of using active or public transportation are one of the many advantages of switching to active or public transportation. Chapman University has the Chapman U-Pass for OCTA and the Corporate Quick Card for Metrolink which can subsidize the costs of public transportation. The bike voucher program offers students, faculty and staff a subsidy as well in order to pay for a bike.
Parking is a chief complaint at Chapman, as availability during busy times of the day leads to time wasted searching for a space. This time puts stress on students, faculty, and staff, and can result in them being late to their classes or work. Biking makes up only a small portion of commuters to Chapman, but could be better promoted to increase the university’s sustainable efforts and to reduce stress caused by parking. The main goal of this research is to analyze the state of biking among all members of the Chapman community, and to develop suggestions for improving the presence of biking among commuters to campus.
Chapman has offered several incentives in recent years to promote the use of active transportation, including a Bike Voucher Program, a bike auction, and bicycle repair stations set up around the campus and resident life areas. Awareness of current initiatives could improve the presence of biking on campus, and improve the university’s overall sustainability.