Truman State University actively creates more sustainable transportation options while also encouraging these options through programs like ride-sharing and through campus improvements like bike racks.
Bike Friendly University
In 2016, Truman State University was awarded the Bronze Award for the Bike Friendly University Program by the League of American Bicyclists. This award is intended to recognize universities in the United States that seek to promote cycling on their campus by incorporating bike sharing programs, and bike coops, bicycle education classes.
23 of Truman State’s 56 licensed vehicles are E-85 flex fuel, in accordance to Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources guidelines. Additionally, 5 university farm vehicles, as well as all equipment used on the farm, are fueled by the biodiesel provided by Bulldog Biodiesel, made from local, recycled vegetable oil.
40% of off campus students walk, bike, or use other non-motorized form of transportation to get to and from campus. The city of Kirksville also offers OATS/Kirk public transportation from campus to various places around town, including shops and apartment complexes, for students on campus who do not wish to drive or do not have a vehicle of their own. The average commute for off campus students is only ½ mile.
27% of campus faculty, staff and administration use more sustainable options to commute to campus. Approximately 13% walk, bike, or use some other non-motorized transport while and additional 14% carpool.
Support for Sustainable Transportation
Truman State University is working hard to make transportation not only more enjoyable, but more sustainable. Here are some examples of our accomplishments in this regard:
- A student-run Ride-share Facebook page helps coordinate carpooling among Truman students, with more than 2,000 followers.
- A faculty Ride-share program is available through the Human Resources webpage.
- Every dormitory but one features multiple bike racks for student use.
- Every non-residential building (academic or administrative) on campus but 3 have bike racks.
- Truman offers reduced public transport cost through OATS/Kirk public transportation.
- Truman offers a condensed work week option to employees in the summer months, which allows employees to make fewer trips to work by shortening their work weeks.