Coming back to campus always brings excitement and challenges, including navigating various parking and construction projects. Aaron Fodge, CSU’s alternative transportation manager, gave us a rundown of what’s new and what we need to know about getting around this semester.
There have been some big changes around campus in terms of transportation. The first protected bike lane has runs the entire length of Amy Van Dyken Way. Bicyclists can now ride in both directions and remain safe. They are protected from oncoming traffic by parked cars.
Other changes this semester include a transit detour for the Around the Horn shuttle due to the Shepardson Revitalization Project, which will result in the Nutrien Agriculture Building, south of University Street. More parking is also now available on Hughes Way near the Intramural Fields. In keeping with the theme of being a bike-friendly campus, a new bike trail has been constructed from Shields Street to Eddy Hall. It is now fully landscaped and ready to ride.
Masks required on buses
In order to follow COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, all Transfort bus riders must wear their mask, and capacity is limited to available seating (no standing). There will be hand sanitizer available on all buses and riders are encouraged to use it when entering and leaving the bus. When the university goes online after Fall Break in November, the Horn free shuttle will run every 20 minutes and service levels systemwide will reflect a typical Winter Break schedule. Visit pts.colostate.edu/home/coronavirus/ for the latest health-related transportation updates.
If you plan on using transit to get around, Fodge recommends downloading the Ride Transfort app. Through the app, notifications can be set for which routes the rider uses the most and also will report on the availability of seating on a specific bus.
For those who are maybe wanting to spend less time on public transportation this year but aren’t sure about getting around on a bike, Parking and Transportation Services can help with that. Staff and faculty can set up a “Bike Buddy.” This program matches you with a trained Bicycle Ambassador who can help select a safe route, teach you about riding in traffic, and share many other biking tips making it easier and less stressful to learn and navigate the many bike routes here in town. Contact Aaron Buckley at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
For anyone who may be concerned about committing to an annual parking pass, Fodge reminds faculty and staff that monthly passes are available as well as the option to purchase a pass for specific days you may be on campus: a Monday/Wednesday/Friday pass or a Tuesday/Thursday pass. And so far this semester, available parking spaces have been plentiful.
For more information: pts.colostate.edu/