» Targeting Chapman’s Alternative Transportation Improvements

Chapman University is overall a commuter campus with only 32% of students living on campus and the majority 68% living off campus. While the university is aware that most students commute, it collects little information about how many commute from miles away and how many live even across the street from campus. Developing knowledge of student distribution off campus is directly related to our ability to provide support for student transportation needs. Using this knowledge, the university will be able to make informed recommendations for the most successful alternative transportation methods that will reduce parking issues on campus and make a more enjoyable commute experience for students.


  • Gather information about student preferences and concerns regarding transportation options
  • Develop a spatial understanding of student residence distribution relative to campus
  • Suggest alternative transportation programs that will be the most successful based on need and preference
For more information read Chapter 1 of the audit.
  • Student Preferences
  • Spatial Analysis
  • A survey distributed to Chapman students collected feedback regarding sustainable transportation alternatives in order to target student priorities for development and optimal options an incentives for utilization.

    • Students overwhelmingly decide their method of transportation based on convenience as seen in Figure 1.  This result holds true across all methods of transportation.
    • Figure 2 shows that students primary concerns with public transportation are the offered routes and frequency of bus pick-ups.
    • Students primary concerns with biking to campus are diverse but show an overall higher concern for time and fatigue/physical effort over safety, bike storage, or risk of bikes being stolen as shown in Figure 3.
  • Understanding where students live relative to campus and transportation alternatives is necessary to provide programs that satisfy existing needs.

    Key Findings

    • Bus routes are relatively widely available providing a route about every three blocks (Figure 4)
    • The definition of bike routes by the city of Orange is lenient, allowing any route with crossing buttons for bikes despite presence of a bike lane, to count as a bike route (Figure 4).
    • Students living within 5 miles of campus can be considered within a reasonable range to use active forms of transportation.

    According to a buffer analysis around Chapman’s main campus, about 4011 students live within a 24 minute or less walk from campus and another 1576 within a 30 minute or less bike ride from campus (Figure 5).