Bike Voucher Program
Bike Voucher Program
In 2015, University of Kentucky Transportation Services implemented a pilot bicycle voucher program aimed at encouraging students and employees to consider alternatives to driving a vehicle to campus. Due to the program's tremendous success in its inaugural year, Transportation Services renewed the bike voucher program in 2016 and is doing so again this year. The bicycle voucher program gives up to 100 qualified students and employees each four $100 vouchers to spend at participating local bicycle shops.
The bicycle voucher program is part of a suite of alternative transportation options available to the UK community that also includes the BluPass partnership with Lextran and the Big Blue Cycles fleet for residential students who opt out of bringing a car to Lexington. These programs are designed to simplify the process of shifting from driving a single-occupancy vehicle to campus to an alternative form of transportation, and to reward those individuals who make the change in their routine.
The bike voucher program aligns with the goals set forth in the UK Transportation Master Plan (TMP). The TMP aims to improve access and mobility to, from, and around campus for all members of the UK community. The program was spearheaded by the University’s Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC).
How It Works
The bicycle voucher program will give up to 100 qualified students and employees each four $100 vouchers to spend at participating local bicycle shops. This voucher may be used toward the purchase of a bicycle or toward gear and accessories to outfit a bike that the employee or student already owns. Program participants will also receive ten (10) scratch-off parking passes, one-day permits that may be used on occasions when participants must bring a motor vehicle to campus. Participants will also have the opportunity to purchase up to 40 additional scratch-off permits per fiscal year. Scratch-off permits are intended to be used on days when bicycling is not a feasible option for the participant, and are not intended to take the place of a regular vehicle parking permit.
The purpose of the bicycle voucher program is to reduce the number of single-occupancy motor vehicle trips to, from and around campus, and to promote modes of transportation that save money (for individuals and the University), foster healthier lifestyles and have lower environmental impacts.
Those who accept a voucher must return any current parking permits to Transportation Services and sign a two-year car-free commitment, making them ineligible to purchase a new motor vehicle permit for two full calendar years. If you cannot make this long-term commitment and think you may want a motor vehicle parking permit due to changes in circumstances (weather, job or home location, medical issues, etc.), this program is not for you. Emergency appeals will be reviewed on an individual basis and will require full repayment of the portion of the voucher used by recipient.
The bike voucher application window has ended.
Transportation Services will begin accepting applications for the bicycle voucher program on Monday, April 10. Apply online at www.uky.edu/transportation/help-and-resources_bicycle-voucher-form. The application window will close on Saturday, September 30 or when the program fills, whichever happens first.
Those students, faculty and staff who qualify and are selected will be notified via email that they are eligible to pick up four vouchers worth up to $100 each (sales tax-exempt) for use at designated local bike shops. To claim their voucher, accepted applicants must attend a program orientation and safety session.
- Participants must sign a car-free commitment that will prevent them from purchasing a vehicle parking permit for two years. Participants may still purchase a limited number of scratch-off permits for occasions they must bring a motor vehicle to campus, as outlined above.
- Vouchers are awarded with the goal of removing motor vehicles from campus. To that end, priority will be given to students and employees who have had a vehicle parking permit for the past fiscal year (July 1 - June 30), but those new to the university will also be given consideration.
- Residential students are not eligible for the bicycle voucher program, but are encouraged to sign up for use of a bicycle through the Big Blue Cycles fleet.
- Only faculty and staff with main campus assignments are eligible to participate.
- Faculty and staff with temporary work assignments must have a work assignment end date of at least two (2) years later than the date of voucher issue to be considered for the program.
- Students must have an expected graduation date for at least two (2) academic years later than the date of voucher issue to be considered for the program.
- Faculty, staff and students who wish to participate and live in the same household as another eligible faculty, staff or student are subject to additional restrictions to prevent abuse of the program.
- Prior to receiving the bike voucher, prospective participants must attend a short program orientation covering basic bicycle safety and regulations, as well as campus and community resources for bicyclists. Prospective participants may reschedule their orientation date; however, prospective participants who are absent from orientation without notice may be subject to removal from consideration.
- Participants suspected of engaging in fraudulent behavior may be subject to further restrictions, repayment of the voucher, removal from the program and future disqualification from the program.
- Participants are limited to one iteration of one alternative transportation incentive program; they may not participate in the programs concurrently or consecutively. This means that you could do either cash out or bike voucher, but not both.