Green in spirit and in transit
Published: Nov. 29, 2016
At Michigan State University, students, staff and faculty enjoy an expansive 5,200 acres of beautiful campus space every day. Whether you are traveling to campus from another corner of the state, or simply trying to make it to your 10:20 a.m. class on time, traveling the distance can get tricky. Thankfully, MSU has many convenient and sustainable transportation options for all.
A walk to remember
During the semester, there seems to be a constant stream of students traveling on foot across campus. Walking to class is never boring here, with so much to look at on the various footpaths that wind between busy streets, academic buildings and natural landscapes. Attending classes, meetings or just taking a stroll is incredibly refreshing when you can weave along the scenic Red Cedar River, through the Beal Botanical Gardens and around each of the beautiful residential neighborhoods. Looking to plan your next route? Check out the MSU Walking Map!
Two wheels are better than none
If walking just isnt fast enough for you, but you still need your fresh air fix, then biking across campus is a great alternative. MSU has been named a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists, with more than 70 percent of roads equipped with bike lanes and 20,000 bike parking spots that make travel on two wheels convenient and energy-efficient. Research has shown that ditching the car for a bike can save thousands of dollars yearly. Plus, it's great exercise!
Dont have a working bike of your own? You can purchase new and used bikes, or service your current bike, at the MSU Bikes Service Center, located behind Bessey Hall. You can also visit over 20 self-service bike repair stations all over campus. Take a look at the MSU Bikes facilities map to find the station nearest you!
CATAs cozier commute
As Michiganders, we know winters can be cold and brutal, meaning outdoor commutes are not always the most ideal form of transportation. But that doesnt mean you have to drive to stay warm while you're getting around. The Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) bus system can be a welcome (and warm) alternative to individual trips, and if you still want to bring your bike along, each bus is equipped with a bike rack for passenger use at no additional charge. While CATA offers eight bus routes exclusively for MSU, riders can also reach Okemos, Meridian Township and downtown Lansing on one of twenty three off-campus routes. Additionally, using the bus system also helps lower carbon emissions by reducing the number of individual vehicle trips on campus. All MSU semester routes are free for faculty and staff during the academic semesters using a valid ID card, and students can purchase reasonably priced passes at numerous campus locations or online.
Share the drive and catch up on 'you time'
Looking to reduce the costs associated with your daily commute? CATA offers services for commuters that connect them to car and vanpooling resources, car sharing, non-emergency medical transportation and an Emergency Ride Home program. Ridesharing can also be organized through Enterprises Rideshare/Michivan program or by using Zipcar, a service that has partnered with MSU to provide access to nine vehicles around campus that can be reserved by registered students, faculty and staff. Joining a rideshare program like these and others can not only save energy and reduce your commute expenses, but can also give you time to sit back during your commute to read, sleep or just relax.
MSU Transportation Services offers faculty and staff a handful of green vehicles available for rent by university departments to use for errands and events around campus. To reserve a vehicle, call the Transportation Services office. For those with their own electric vehicles, MSU has five charging stations around campus: four in the south Spartan Stadium parking lot and one in the Kellogg Center parking ramp.
Whatever way you choose to traverse our expansive campus, MSU is dedicated to making your commute easy and green. Lace up your walking shoes, grab a bike lock and get ready to swipe your bus pass-at MSU, greening your commute is a no brainer!
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