News & Information
UK Named a Bicycle Friendly University
The University of Kentucky has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly University. UK achieved a Bronze level designation and was one of only nine new universities to be named in the fall 2012 award class. The award gives UK the distinction of being the only Bicycle Friendly University in Kentucky. The UK Bicycle Advisory Committee, Parking and Transportation Services and the Office of Sustainability led the efforts which resulted in this honor.
The Bicycle Friendly University program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bicycle-friendly campus for students, employees and visitors. Applicants are judged on their initiatives in five categories: engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation and planning.
New Hours for PTS Parking Structure #6 Location
Parking and Transportation Services’ main office location in Parking Structure #6 (at the corner of Press and Virginia Avenues) now has new hours. Changes include reducing late-night office hours and eliminating Sunday office hours. The new hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The office was previously open until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
The changes are designed to respond to the changing needs of the campus community. With vehicle towing down over 90% over the past two years, the Parking Structure #6 office has experienced a significant reduction in late night office traffic. Additionally, more members of the campus community are taking advantage of PTS’s online services, including permit renewals, citation payment and appeals, which are available any time day or night at www.uky.edu/pts.
While the weekday office hours previously extended until 9:00 p.m., permit sales ended at 6:00 p.m. With the policy change, the new office hours will include full service during all weekday hours of operation.
PTS Ride Home Express Ticket Sales Now Underway
Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is now selling tickets for the Thanksgiving and Winter Break edition of its Ride Home Express bus service. The PTS Ride Home Express is an express bus service traveling to hometowns and break destinations during the major academic breaks; destinations include Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH and St. Louis, MO. The service provides an economical and efficient alternative as compared to other means of travel.
Round-trip fares for the PTS Ride Home Express range from $55-$155 for round-trip rates; one-way fares begin at $30. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.uky.edu/pts/buses-and-shuttles_ride-home-express.
PTS, Student Government Provide Free Holiday Shopping Shuttle
Parking and Transportation Services, in conjunction with Student Government, is providing a transportation option to make holiday shopping easier for students. The groups will provide free shuttle service between campus and Fayette Mall on Sunday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
The shuttle will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each Sunday, with daily campus pick-up times of 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Passengers will be picked up at the north side of the mall, near the entrance to Macy’s, at 12 noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and returned to campus.
To schedule a pick-up (limited to campus only), email the following information with the subject “Holiday Shopping Shuttle” to UKBuses@lsv.uky.edu by noon on Friday, Dec. 6 or Friday, Dec. 13, respectively.
- Campus address
- Phone number
- Date, time and location of campus pick-up
A PTS representative will email to confirm a pick-up time and convenient location.
Riders can track the Holiday Shopping Shuttle via Cat Tracker, PTS’ real-time GPS-based bus locating system at http://uky.transloc.com or with the free Transloc iPhone, Android and BlackBerry apps.
Questions regarding the shuttle should be sent to UKBuses@lsv.uky.edu.
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.
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.