Heads Up at the University of Denver

image8At the Transportation Center, we’re all about people powered transportation, so we’re obviously very concerned about keeping pedestrians, bikers, and skateboarders safe. That’s why we’ve been working with the City of Denver, Undergraduate Student Government, Campus Safety and Marketing and Communications to bring the Heads Up campaign to the DU campus.

The Heads Up campaign was kicked off by the City of Denver on May 8th. More here: http://www.denverpost.com/politics/ci_23203369/denvers-rise-crashes-turns-focus-walkers-cyclists-drivers.

On the DU Campus, the Heads Up campaign has just begun. In this first phase of the campaign, we’re focusing on Education and Enforcement. Variable message signage will make drivers aware of increased bicycle, pedestrian, and skateboard traffic in the DU neighborhood, and the Denver Police Department will be stepping up enforcement around campus. Banners, posters, educational videos and safety cards geared toward pedestrians, cyclists, and skateboarders will promote awareness of surroundings and simple things that can increase safety, like using crosswalk buttons. Now that the first phase is launched, we will be focusing more on the third “E” of traffic safety, Engineering. If you’re interested in being part of the discussion, please contact us at du@transolutions.org.image6


An Update on RTD Smart Cards

As of today, RTD stickers are a thing of the past. All students, staff, and faculty who would like to ride the bus or light rail need to have a smart card. Please keep your card from now until you leave the University. For students, it will automatically activate and deactivate based on your eligibility. If you are in an ineligible program and you think that many of the students in your program would be in favor of paying a Student Activities Fee in order to get a smart card, please contact Katie at du@transolutions.org.

Whenever systems change there will be some hiccups, but we’d like to help make this transition as smooth as possible. Here’s a copy of the information that was communicated to RTD drivers about smart cards:

  1. If an EcoPass or CollegePass smart card is valid, It SHOULD display a YELLOW LIGHT when it is tapped on the smart card reader. If a YELLOW LIGHT displays, the passenger should show the card to you so you can confirm the photo matches the person using the card. If the photo reasonably matches, permit the passenger to board.
  2. If the passenger taps their card and the RED LIGHT is displayed, check your driver display unit. If the display reads “Invalid”, ask the customer to tap their card again and hold it against the reader for a second or two. If the light changes to YELLOW, check the photo and if it reasonably matches, permit the passenger to board. If the RED LIGHT displays again, check your display unit. If it reads “Invalid” or “Passback”, inform the passenger that there is something wrong with their card and they need to contact their transit pass administrator or the RTD Smart Card Customer Service Center at 303.299.CARD to find out what is wrong with their card. IN THIS INSTANCE, PERMIT THE PASSENGER TO BOARD IF THE PHOTO ON THE PASS MATCHES. DO NOT REQUIRE PAYMENT OF A FARE!
  3. If the passenger taps their card and the RED LIGHT is displayed and the driver display unit reads “HOTLIST”, that card IS NOT VALID. The passenger is required to pay a fare to board your vehicle.
  4. If the smart card reader on your bus is not working, TREAT THE SMART CARD AS AFLASH PASS. DO NOT REQUIRE PAYMENT OF A FARE! If you are driving a skyRide route and your reader is broken, DO NOT REQUIRE PAYMENT OF THE UPGRADE FEE TO ANY PASSENGER!


If you would like to report an operator not following proper procedures as stated above, please send an email to ecopasstraining@rtd-denver.com with the following information:

  • Explanation of procedure not followed
  • Time
  • Date
  • Boarding location
  • Bus number OR route and direction

RTD will contact the driver and educate him/her on proper procedure.

RTD Smart Cards

By now, most of you know that RTD is transitioning Eco Passes and Student Passes to Smart Cards. Many of you have had questions about how that will work. We’ll try to answer those questions here:

How do I use my smart card?
Like this.

When can I start using my smart card?
Faculty/staff cards are available now, (where?) and you will be able to start using them on January 1, 2013. Until then, please continue to use your 2012 sticker. Student cards will be available in January. We’ll send out an email when they are available, and once you pick one up you’ll be able to start using it right away.

Does the smart card replace my student or faculty ID?

Can I punch a hole in the card to attach it to a lanyard?
No. If you punch a hole in the card or bend it excessively, it will stop working.

What happens if my card is lost or damaged?
The Pioneer ID Card Office can replace your lost or damaged smart card for a fee of $10.

DU: A Bicycle Friendly University

DU: A Bicycle Friendly University

DU: A Bicycle Friendly University

You probably didn’t know this, but a few months ago the University of Denver Transit Committee put in overtime hours in an effort to *officially* become designated as a Bicycle Friendly University (BFU).  We spent many days documenting the details of DU’s transportation infrastructure, and distilling them into clear and precise wording inside our very first application to the BFU Program.

Today that effort paid off.  This morning the League of American Bicyclist named the University of Denver, along with fifteen other universities, as a Bicycle Friendly University (see announcement here).

We should be clear that there are four levels of awards in the BFU program, and DU earned the lowest level of bike friendliness (bronze).  Still, we are on the map of only 44 universities that share this designation, and we’re proud of it!

The next step: Silver, Gold, and/or Platinum. So how do we improve our bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure? You can find out, and share your ideas at the next DU Transit Committee meeting, which will be held on Monday October 29th at 3pm at the DU Center for Sustainability (JMAC 142). We hope to see you there!

New Sharrows!

DU Sharrow Install

DU Sharrow Install

The DU area is getting a lot of attention lately with the upcoming Presidential Debates.  If you didn’t know, the University of Denver will host the first debate of the 2012 election season, when President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will battle for control of the nation on October 3, 2012.

One of the benefits of being a presidential debate-hosting university is that the city comes through and re-surfaces your roads! The only problem is that our highly-cherished sharrows were removed with the old pavement.

We were quick to alert the City that we wanted our sharrows back, and voila! New Sharrows!  Now we need to convince them to sharrow all the streets adjoining campus…

Denver: Bike to Work Tomorrow!

Woman Bicycling in City Park, Denver

Woman Bicycling in City Park, Denver, 1900. Photo by George Lytle Beam.

Fellow Denverites: Tomorrow (June 27, 2012) is Bike to Work Day!

This is the one day (among others) that you should feel compelled to pull your bike out of the garage, pump up the tires, grease the chain, and pedal your way to work!

There will be several breakfast and bike home stations located throughout the city (See Full Map Here), one of which will be here on the University of Denver’s Driscoll Lawn.  Breakfast Stations will be open 6:30-9am, Bike Home Stations will be open 4:30-6pm.

You can learn more about Bike to Work Day from our wonderful local advocacy

organizations: Bicycle Colorado, DRCOG, and (our favorite) Transportation Solutions.

Denver Bicycle Riders 1910

Denver Bicycle Riders, 1910. Photo by Charles S. Lillybridge.

You should also support Bike Denver at the annual Bike From Work Bash, which is held at  15th & Little Raven on June 27th, 5-9pm.  There will be Free Beer, Free Music, and all-around good fun with Denver’s best cyclists and bicycle advocates.  So hop on your old two-wheeler and enjoy bike to work day! (Then rinse, and repeat!)

Transportation Artwork

At a recent Sustainability Council meeting, DU student group The Social Brink asked if we’d like to participate in a community art project. The group organizes students around social entrepreneurship and innovation, and their aim was to transform several old doors into colorful representations of social change.  We volunteered to create a transportation-themed door, and decided to focus on bicycle transit in honor of Bike to Work Day/Month. Scroll down for images of the painting process and the final result!