This fall marks the third year since the birth of a Transportation Committee within the Student Government Association. From the launch of the VT Rideboard in 2010 to Dump the Pump Day during Earth Week to Commuter Challenges and bike rack funding initiatives, SGA Transportation has worked hand and hand with Transportation and Campus Services. Together, both students and staff continue to grow a powerful alternative transportation movement on campus.
Check out the upcoming SGA Transportation plans:
Vision for the Future 2011-2012
- work towards League of American Bicyclists “Bicycle Friendly University” recognition (especially in light of last year’s bicycle impounding/lack of bike rack parking)
- develop strong working relationship with Blacksburg Bike Co-Op and start process of moving their location to a University approved location (Multi-modal Transit Facility potential)
- oversee and improve upon current campus alternative transportation events: Active Commuter Celebration on Drillfield during Sustainability Week, Earth Week Transportation Day/”Dump the Pump” Day
- build upon Freshmen Bike Sale and get word out to students about bike discounts offered by local bike stores in town
- organize an effective Alternative Transportation Forum focusing on Town-Tech relations regarding College Ave/ Promenade expansion, Multi-modal Transit Facility construction, the round-about on Prices Fork (how projects affect traffic and student commuting)
- Bring inspiring speakers to campus to speak on the importance of urban mobility, healthy ways to commute and our diminishing oil reserves; the end of our car dependence
- Student voice heard in Greenway/Bikeway/Sidewalk Corridor Committee and Blacksburg Bicycle Master Plan working group
- Collaboration among work in Environmental Coalition, UAPSA, Sustainable Blacksburg, New River Valley Bicycle Association, Blacksburg Transit and other key stakeholders
- Organize fun, educational and encouraging events like campus bike tours, confident cycling skills workshops and Ciclovidas that celebrate opening streets to people
That is one extensive list of projects! If you’re a student reading this and interested in making a difference on campus (and you wear a heart of mobility on your sleeve), then start thinking about applying for the Transportation Committee. Applications will be available the second week of classes. Check back here for a link, too. Bright, progressive-minded, passionate individuals will be needed.