Transportation makes up almost half of the College’s carbon footprint. It is challenging to participate in modes of alternative transportation such as the bus, train, carpooling, biking, and walking in Florida since the state has not been developed with pedestrians and bicyclists in mind. This is slowly changing in the Central Florida region, with more emphasis on biking infrastructure and electric vehicle charging stations.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
The College currently has charging stations on East and West Campuses.
- East Campus, northeast corner Parking Garage, 1st Floor
- Two single units and 1 double unit (4 plugs)
- West Campus, northeast side of AHS building, Parking Lot B
- West Campus, northeast corner of Parking Lot F
Installing EV charging stations at each campus is a goal and is being investigated currently. Orlando currently ranks 2nd in the state of Florida for electric vehicle sales according to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles and is a top 30 national market for numerous models including the Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt and Tesla Model S according to Pike Research.
ReThink Your Commute
ReThink Your Commute is a free online tool funded by the Department of Transportation to promote and facilitate carpool matching in Central Florida.
A summer 2013 survey of over 3000 students from East and West Campuses indicates that 75% of students drive their own cars to campus. Data indicates that approximately 30% of Valencia College staff live 15 miles from campus or more.
Carpooling can bring tremendous savings in cost of gas, tolls, and car maintenance to each student or Valencia employee. Set up an account to be matched up with other riders with the same or similar commute schedules as you by click on this website, click Find Me a Match and sign up.
There is even an Emergency Ride Home program with ReThink for occasions in which you have to get home before the carpool.
Consider these Tips for a Successful Carpool
Try riding the bus (Lynx). There is an easy online tool to help you plan your trip from point A to point B.
Try riding the train (Sunrail). Plan your trip using the map and schedules provided.
Biking is a healthy and effective way to travel. Central Florida is currently evolving to provide safer and more functional infrastructure for bikers. Here is an overview of how biking addresses many college student related issues.
Juice Bike Share
Winter Park Campus has a Juice Bike Share rack with five bicycles to serve students. They also have a bike club and Cycle Savvy safety classes through ReThink Your Commute. Contact Valerie Woolman for more Winter Park Campus specific questions about biking.
We hope to integrate biking infrastructure and opportunities for biking at more campuses in the future.