Kelowna Regional Transit introduced the RapidBus in September 2010 with new routes and more service on:
Taking the bus to school every day is a great way to reduce greenhouse gases, save money and improve your community.
The UBC Okanagan campus has a U-Pass program, which provides students with unlimited access to the Kelowna Regional District Transit System and access to HandyDART. This mandatory program is built into student fees and costs $50/semester, however, it is subsidized by the University by 10 percent. This program has been greatly successful with transit ridership volumes post U-Pass increasing by 48 percent from 2006-2007.
Each semester the U-Pass sticker is placed on the back of the student card for ease of use when boarding the bus. Students need to visit the Students' Union office in UNC133 to recieve the U-Pass sticker once they have obtained their student card. In extremely rare cases, students will be able to opt-out of the U-Pass program, visit UNC133 and a Students' Union representative will assist you.
If you have any other questions about the U-Pass feel free to contact the UBC Students' Union Okanagan:
The campus' car-pooling program is a free registration program for vechicles who have two or more occupants commuting. Each parking lot on campus has dedicated preferred parking spots for car-poolers. Registration, including finding a ride-match is available online at http://www.carpool.ca/
For information on how to obtain a car-pool parking pass visit UBC's Okanagan campus Parking Services website.
To further promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and promote green alternatives on campus, UBC's Okanagan campus installed six electric vehicle charging stations in the Fall of 2011.
Six Dandy electric vehicle charging station #1D-S-DDP-1 systems are made visible in parking lot E, across from the bus loop, by the use of yellow posts and painted EV markings in each stall.
Secure bicycle storage was made available in September 2009 with the completion of the University Centre and as well, bike racks are located outside of every building with a covered bike rack by the bus loop. Cycling end of trip facilities are located in the Gymnasium, Science Building, Arts & Sciences II, and University Centre.
The Okanagan campus has bicycle routes on campus, primarily on the main roads, totalling 8-10km of bike routes and trails. The B.C. Government, City of Kelowna, and University of British Columbia have recently reached an agreement outlining a safer route along Hwy 97 to the Okanagan campus. The B.C. government and the City are both contributing $1.5 million to the project. UBC will also pitch in $25,000 and will maintain the pathway once it is completed. A final multi-use pathway for cyclists design is expected to be picked early next year with construction scheduled for completion by 2012.
In addition, the newly relaunched UBCycles program (formerly UniCycles) provides the campus community with free bike access to an inventory of reclaimed bicycles. More information can be found by visiting the UBCycles site or emailing the UBCycles Coordinators.
UBC Okanagan has bicycle routes on campus, primarily on the main roads throughout campus, totalling 8-10km of bike routes. Trail access to the campus is currently being considered as part of the overall campus planning process. In addition, a new multi-use pathway from Hwy 97 is expected to be completed in 2012, bike lane map provided by City of Kelowna.
Secure Bicycle storage was made available in September 2009 with the completion of the new University Centre. Open stand bike racks are located outside of every building and a covered rack is located by the bus loop, visit here for a complete map.
Cycling end of trip facilities are located in the following locations:
Gymnasium (showers & lockers) – To use these facilities, membership is required at a cost of $30/student and $60/staff & alumni + $40 for locker service and $40 towel service.
Science Building (showers) – This consists of showers in the 2nd floor men’s and women’s washrooms, as well as the main floor wheelchair accessible washroom, and are open to the public.
University Centre (showers) – These showers are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors and are open to the public.
ASCII (showers) – Main floor ladies room and the 2nd floor men’s wheelchair accessible washroom are shower equipped and are open to the public.
Approximately 1,400 return trips from Kelowna to Vancouver are diverted annually as a result of HD Video Conferencing. Assuming greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 0.1 tCO₂e per trip, the annual diverted emissions from videoconferencing is 14 tonnes CO₂.
Effective March 1, 2010 Facilities implemented an anti-idling practice on campus. The purpose is to protect public health and improve the environment by reducing fleet emissions while conserving fuel. Reducing fleet idling time reduces air pollution, noise, and fuel consumption. Areas of focus include reducing unnecessary vehicle idling by shutting off engines when idle times are longer than 10-30 seconds, encouraging car-pooling, and encouraging walking and/or biking where possible.
Last reviewed 12/3/2012 9:46:13 AM