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UK’s Bicycle Friendly University Status Upgraded to Silver
The University of Kentucky has improved its standing with the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly University. UK, which had previously been awarded the Bronze level designation, increased its standing to Silver as part of the fall 2014 award class. UK was one of only seven universities in this recent round of awards to improve their standing.
The University’s Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC), a group headed by Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) and composed of faculty, staff and students, was formed in 2011. This committee is responsible for steering many of the accomplishments that helped propel the University to Silver bicycle friendly status.
- The launch of the Big Blue Cycles fleet for residential students who opt out of bringing a car, an initiative funded by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, PTS and the Student Sustainability Council
- Significant increases to bicycle infrastructure on and around campus in the past two years
- Strategic expansion of the campus bicycle parking capacity in key academic areas
- Bicycle education and outreach events, including Pedalpalooza, held during K Week, and Bike Week, held annually as part of Earth Days in the Bluegrass. This year’s Bike Week is slated for April 13-19.
The BAC and the University are continually looking for ways to improve the campus bicycling experience, from education to infrastructure to access.
Share the Road
With the start of the fall semester at the University of Kentucky, PTS is urging cyclists, pedestrians and motorists to use caution when interacting with each other. As part of the Share the Road program, PTS is sending safety tips to both cyclists and drivers. PTS, in conjunction with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington Police and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, wants to promote safety on our roads.
Cyclists must be aware of motorists and pedestrians. Below is a list of cycling tips that will help keep the road a safe way to travel:
- Cyclists and motorists have the same rights, rules and responsibilities on Kentucky roads.
- Ride a bicycle in the same direction as vehicle traffic.
- Make eye contact with motorists – be sure you are seen.
- Use extra caution when changing lanes, and use appropriate lanes when turning.
- Use hand signals to alert motorists of your intentions when changing lanes and turning.
- Ride in a straight path. Do not weave in and out of parked or stopped vehicles.
- Ride a well-equipped bike with a headlight, taillight, bell, and rearview mirror.
- Use the travel lane farthest to the right unless you are turning left or passing another vehicle.
- Proceed with care through intersections and yield to pedestrians.
Motorists must respect the rights of other road users. Below is a list of driving tips:
- Cyclists have a right to the road. Be alert and patient.
- Cyclists are considered vehicles and should be given the appropriate right of way.
- Expect cyclists on the road at any time, especially on signed bike routes.
- Check your mirrors. Watch for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Don’t honk your horn when approaching cyclists. You can startle the cyclist and cause a crash.
- Leave at least three feet of space between your car and a cyclist when passing.
- Stay behind a cyclist when you are turning right.
- Follow distracted driving laws; don’t text message while your vehicle is in motion.
- Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections, paying special attention while driving on or around campus.
- Obey posted speed limits.
For more information about sharing the road, visit http://sharetheroad.ky.gov.
Enter the Student Permit Lottery for a Chance at Closer Parking
Students, was your first choice of parking permit sold out? The Student Permit Lottery offers you a chance at upgrading to closer parking.
Random drawings for available C or R permits are typically held two to three weeks after the beginning of the semester as spaces become available and notification is sent via email. You must accept the permit change within ten days of receiving your notification.
For additional information about the Student Permit Lottery and to submit your lottery request, visit www.uky.edu/pts/online-services_student-permit-lottery.
Cat Tracker Makes Finding Buses Easy On the Go
The CATS buses are now easier than ever to find with Cat Tracker, a real-time GPS-based bus locating system!
Four Easy Ways to Find a Bus Using Cat Tracker
1. Visit http://uky.transloc.com to see when the next bus is coming to your stop.
2. Download the free Transloc app for your Android, BlackBerry or iPhone.
3. Use a QR code reader on your smart phone to scan the QR codes found on pocket bus schedules or on bus stop signs.
4. Send a text message to 41411 with “UKY” and the appropriate stop number. You’ll get a message back listing the next three arrival times for that stop. Find the stop numbers on the map at http://uky.transloc.com, by clicking on the individual stops, or on the bus stop signs.
All CATS buses and campus Lextran buses are free to ride.
More information about the bus routes, including maps and schedule, can be found at www.uky.edu/pts/buses-and-shuttles_campus-shuttles.
Try PTS Car Sharing Today
If you’re on campus without a car (or just want to try out a different set of wheels), take PTS Car Sharing for a spin.
Unlike traditional car rental services, the minimum age allowed to use the car sharing program is 18 with a valid driver's license and a good driving record. Rates start at $8 an hour and include 180 miles per day. Gas, maintenance and insurance are included in the cost.
Car sharing is a great option for those who don't have cars on campus, those who regularly use alternative transportation, and those who want to avoid wear and tear on their vehicle. Sign up today!
Join now for free! To sign up or to read more information on the program, visit www.uky.edu/pts/alternative-transportation_car-sharing-information.
UK Offers Parking Information via Radio Station
A low-power radio station provides parking and transportation information to University of Kentucky students, employees and visitors on or near campus. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted a radio station broadcast license to UK for use by Parking and Transportation Services.
The station is now on the air. The station’s call sign is WQKH 253; it will broadcast 24 hours a day on the AM radio band at 1700 KHz (1700 AM), with primarily pre-recorded messages.
The radio station broadcasts general and other notable parking and transportation information as available, targeting the UK community, including students, employees and visitors. The station reaches a 3-mile radius; communication focuses on those already on campus and those approaching campus.
Follow Parking & Transportation Services on Twitter
UK Parking & Transportation Services is now on Twitter! To follow news on parking and transportation issues on campus on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/UKParking. Users must create a Twitter account to join. Once logged in, account holders have the choice of following other users and activating their mobile devices to receive "tweets" from UKParking and other users as they post them.
Twitter is a free social messaging utility for staying connected in real-time.