Opinion wanted about Colorado State University parking, commuting, traffic flow

Given the university’s projected growth, parking and traffic flow in the core of campus may change signficantly in the coming years. The current options of driving across campus for meetings and classes may change for the majority of students and employees. Parking structures on the far outer edges of campus are being considered as the university grows, focusing the core of campus on pedestrian and bike traffic.

Want your ideas to be heard? Here’s your chance: CSU Parking Services is currently conducting a transportation study across campus. As part of that study, all students and employees have the opportunity to take a survey about the future of transportation to and across campus, parking and alternative transportation on campus. The survey is being conducted by an external consulting company that will provide the results to Parking Services later this spring. The survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/CSUCommuterSurvey2013 until April 12.

In addition, Parking Services has scheduled several public meetings to also get feedback from the campus community. The meeting schedule is:

Wednesday, March 27

Open meetings for student input:

9-11 a.m., Lory Student Center East Ballroom
5-6 p.m., Lory Student Center East Ballroom

Thursday, March 28

Open meetings for CSU faculty and staff:

10:15-11:15 a.m., Lory Student Center North Ballroom
1:30-2:30 p.m., Lory Student Center North Ballroom

Open meeting for Fort Collins community members and neighbors:

6-7:30 p.m., Lory Student Center North Ballroom

This comprehensive transportation study is being conducted to help guide university planning to develop alternative transportation options to and across campus and additional parking options for students, employees and visitors.

To accommodate employee and student needs in getting to and across campus, Parking Services, which oversees alternative transportation development for the university, is currently considering options such as:

  • an on-campus shuttle to help students and employees get across campus to classes and meetings
  • a shuttle to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Foothills Campus
  • enhanced ride share programs
  • increased car share programs, such as the current offering of Zipcar on campus
  • adding carpool parking
  • more bike racks and adding bike lockers and lockable bike shelters
  • improving bike paths across campus
  • implementing a bike share program
  • a guaranteed ride home program to help people who use alternative transportation options

Parking Services is devoted to developing strategies to reduce traffic and parking congestion on campus by increasing incentives that reduce the number single occupancy vehicle trips coming to campus each day and across/on campus each day as people travel from building to building.

Campus feedback about the future of parking and transportation to and across campus is an important guide in planning. The survey will be available until Friday, April 12.