Sustainability grant will assist enhance campus walkability, air high quality | UTSA Immediately | UTSA
FEBRUARY 1, 2021 — The UTSA Workplace of Sustainability has a number of different transportation initiatives deliberate for the subsequent few years with the assistance of a $407,000 Congestion Mitigation and Air High quality Enchancment Program grant by means of the Texas Division of Transportation.
UTSA’s grant will promote modes of non-motorized transportation that cut back using single-occupant autos by means of elevated use of buses, strolling, biking, scooters, skateboards, and electrical autos.
The challenge will acquire baseline knowledge on transportation preferences, present infrastructure evaluation, and develop a coverage to suggest for adoption.
“This grant will assist UTSA campuses develop into extra walkable and bikeable and improve the coed expertise.”
“This grant will assist UTSA campuses develop into extra walkable and bikeable and improve the coed expertise by connecting energetic transportation to congestion mitigation and air high quality enchancment on our campuses.” stated Lani Might, director of the UTSA Workplace of Sustainability. “There was an enormous rise in using energetic transportation on account of COVID, which makes this grant much more useful to our college students to assist that motion.”
The grant is in response to Bexar County being designated nonattainment for ground-level ozone beneath the Nationwide Ambient Air High quality Requirements, Might stated.
By means of the grant, the Workplace of Sustainability will increase the prevailing Tito Bradshaw Bike Repair Shop with a cell bike restore store, which will probably be taken to the Downtown Campus and occasions round our neighborhood comparable to on the Westside Neighborhood Heart. The cell store will present instruments, tubes, and restore workshops to maintain college students using and will probably be housed in an electrical car that will probably be used to tell college students about electrification innovation, Might stated.
The Workplace of Sustainability first opened the Tito Bradshaw Bike Restore Store in 2019 to offer tubes, instruments, and bicycle-centric occasions, to encourage bike using on campus. It was part of UTSA’s #MakeUTSAWalkable different transportation initiative.
“College students carry their bikes to campus, however then they haven’t any option to restore a flat tire or do easy repairs, so that they usually find yourself abandoning the bike as a result of it’s not rideable,” Might stated. “Moreover, a motorbike store space is a gathering area. It’s an area for occasions and scholar gatherings that additionally promotes socialization and train, and will get college students out of their single-occupancy autos and out round campus to satisfy folks.”
Over the grant’s three-year time period, month-to-month occasions centered on biking, strolling, and electrification will probably be held.
“The month-to-month occasions will concentrate on pedestrian and bike security on campus, bike restore seminars, bike registration, and air high quality,” Might stated. “The grant offers for an electrical car, so we’ll develop a program to speak about electrification with the scholars. We hope college students will take into account electrical autos for themselves and advocate for electrification in our neighborhood. That in flip will consequence within the discount of floor degree ozone and improved air high quality.”
The Workplace of Sustainability’s largest aim throughout the subsequent three years is to suggest a campus journey enchancment plan and mannequin the conversion of Brenan Avenue as a inexperienced avenue. Brenan Avenue, a legacy highway from authentic campus building, is positioned immediately within the middle of campus.
“Brenan is a bodily dividing line between on-campus residents, and college students coming from commuter tons, making an attempt to entry the campus core and it presents a certain quantity of stress to campus connectivity,” Might defined. “Interactions between motorized vehicle and pedestrians crossing over Brenan again up visitors and trigger congestion, growing floor degree ozone. The grasp plan calls Brenan a ‘vital pedestrian battle space’ and has designed Brenan to be realigned by future improvement and to partially develop into a part of the Paseo Verde. For proper now, we wish to analyze it and see if we will suggest it as a stroll and bike pleasant avenue, principally closed to motorized vehicle visitors.”
Might says changing Brenan ought to lead to improved campus walkability, and thereby enhance the coed expertise.
The Workplace of Sustainability takes delight in receiving this grant and can put it in direction of bettering the campus, Might added. “We’re actually pleased with this grant as a result of we had been capable of leverage Workplace of Sustainability funding right into a grant that returned 3 times our funding,” Might stated. “It’s actually essential for us to have the ability to present that not solely are we making sustainable adjustments on the campus however that we’re capable of leverage our funding to make it go additional.”