Commute Trip Reduction

SCCU Bike Loan Program

Around the country, bike shops have reported an increase in sales during the past year. Some essential workers saw the bicycle as a way to get to work while minimizing their contact with others, and many people saw the bicycle as a way to get outside in a safe, COVID-compliant way, according to Outside Magazine. If you’ve visited a bike shop lately, you may have seen that bikes can be expensive, ranging anywhere from $50 to $10,000, depending on what specifications you are looking for. In an effort to make purchasing a new bicycle or electric bicycle more accessible to people in Spokane, Spokane City Credit Union has begun offering a low-interest rate bike loan.
Loans range from $500-$10,000, and if you’ve purchased a bike within the past year, you can still qualify for the loan. The loan can also be used towards up to $250 in bicycle accessories, including a helmet, lights, and bike locks, etc. Interest rates range from 5.99% to 9.99%, depending on one’s credit score. For more information, please call Spokane City Credit Union at 509-325-4444, or visit their website here

Lime Scooters

Lime e-scooters and e-bikes are available at Gonzaga University for use on campus, in the Logan neighborhood, and all around Spokane. By simply downloading the Lime app, you can find nearby e-scooters and e-bikes available for use. Hopping on one is easy, fun, and a great way to move

At Gonzaga University, we are committed to supporting the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) program that is mandated by Washington State Law. Our participation in the CTR program will help create a more resilient community by improving air quality and reducing traffic congestion.

Our CTR program has several elements:

Parking Management:

  • Gonzaga provides designated parking spots and reduced parking charges for carpoolers.
  • Gonzaga administers a rideshare matching service through Commute Finder NW.
  • Taking the bus = no need to park! For more information or assistance with planning a route, visit Spokane Transit. 

Financial Incentives/Subsidies:

  • Gonzaga participates in the Spokane Transit Universal Transit Access Pass (UTAP) Program. That means that if you are an employee or enrolled student, your ZAGCARD is also your bus pass. There is no cost to students or employees for this transit benefit. Please contact us to learn more.
  • Guaranteed Ride Home Program
    • If you use a commute alternative and an emergency occurs, Gonzaga provides a free ride home or to a destination such as the hospital, a doctor's office, your child's school, etc. To request a ride, please contact Jim Simon at 509-313-5571 or Karen Troxell at 509-313-4893 as quickly as possible so they can arrange a ride for you. The program cannot be used to reimburse individuals for trips taken, so please reach out immediately upon learning you need to make use of the program.

Carpool/Vanpool 

A crucial part of Gonzaga’s commitment to sustainability is to decrease our carbon footprint by reducing the number of single-occupancy vehicle trips that are taken to and from our campus. A surprisingly simple way to become involved is to create or join a carpool or vanpool. Joining a carpool or vanpool can provide you with many benefits, including: 

  • Saving money on parking fees, gasoline cost, and wear and tear on your vehicle. 

  • Having a few moments to read a book, listen to a podcast, or plan out your day rather than having to stress over traffic on your way to work.

  • Improving our community as we reduce traffic congestion and air pollution!

  • Designated parking spot for vanpool, located on N. Standard Street, as well as designated parking spots and reduced parking charges for carpoolers. 

For help finding a carpool or vanpool near you, visit CommuteFinderNW. Once you’ve registered, you can “match” people with similar destinations and schedules.

Bicycle Use

Site Amenities 

  • Secure bicycle parking is available throughout campus. Check out the Sustainability Features map to find the nearest rack or bicycle locker. Interested in using a bike locker? Each one has a sticker indicating the number to call and reserve one! 

  • Showers are available for staff and faculty in the Rudolf Fitness Center, free of charge with your ZAGCARD. 

Safety and Regulations 

Please click on the links below for additional resources:

Contact

For more information about Commute Trip Reduction at Gonzaga, please contact our Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) Karen Troxell.

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