With the rising cost of car ownership and increasing college tuition – more than ever before college students and parents are questioning if they really do need to bring a car to campus. As a result, college administrators and student group leaders are beginning to realize the importance of providing alternative transportation options for students and employees who do not want to bring a car to campus everyday.
Reducing the number of cars on campus is no longer just about freshman car restrictions.
Here is a list of 7 standout colleges and universities that are rising above the pack on enabling a car-free college experience.
7 top colleges for car free students:
- Princeton University – offers a complete Car Free Guide to Princeton University
- Clemson University – offers free area bus transit for local transportation and an airport shuttle to the nearest airports (via RidePost) for long distance trips
- University of Wisconsin, Madison – students and employees receive unlimited area bus passes
- University of Texas at Austin – students can rent bikes free of charge and have free access to local buses
- University of Dayton – after outgrowing their already popular bike sharing program, students who pledge not to bring a car to campus are rewarded with a free bike
- University of Pittsburgh – offers bus trips home to major cities and hubs in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions for verified students.
- Any military academy – Let’s just say that students/cadets/midshipmen/etc do not need to worry about transportation to and from campus at our prestigious military academies – that is taken care of. Something many other schools could learn from.
As more students as well as parents look for alternative transportation options, these leading schools and many others are offering options to car-free living on campus.
According to the US DOT and a University of Michigan study, in 2010 only 28% of 16 year olds had their drivers license. This is down from 44% in 1980 – an incredible decline. With more millennials choosing not to drive – a generational shift in transportation is coming, and fast.
Studies have shown the number of teen drivers continues to fall in the US, while the millennial generation values access to transportation – via technology – over owning a car and driver license. Thanks to new online and mobile ways to connect with friends and others – the need for freedom of a car at age 16 is no longer as important as it once was.
So why are more young people deciding not to own a car and get a drivers license?
A 2013 University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute study shows the top 5 reasons for the recent decline in young driver licensing in the US:
- Too busy or not enough time
- Owning and Maintaining a vehicle is too expensive
- Able to get transportation from others
- Prefer to bike or walk
- Prefer to use public transportation
With the rise of mainstream technology and communication over the last decade – an entire generation is now coming through college and early careers with a new idea of how spending money and transportation mix. Facing a rising number of students and young residents demanding new transportation options, leading colleges and cities are making it easier to live car free.
No longer does living car free mean being restricted and homebound. Be it bike sharing, car sharing, ridesharing, online classes, remote working or public transit – transportation habits are shifting everywhere.
On college campuses in particular – it is becoming easier to come to campus without buying a car and spending the $9,000+ that it costs on average on car ownership every year. Many college parking and transportation departments, student life coordinators and sustainability directors are wising up to the need for alternative transportation options for the new generation that no longer need to bring cars to campus.
By the end of this decade the need for bringing cars to campus will change and those colleges that adapt will be able to better recruit and retain their students on campus.
For more information on how RidePost helps universities stay ahead, visit RidePost.com/Universities
With the holiday travel season ahead – travel is on all of our minds. A big question each year is ‘how to save money on travel’.
At RidePost we are big on traveling and saving money while we do. Whether you are traveling by car, bus, train or plane this holiday – there are ways to save money.
If you are driving: using RidePost you can save you on gas money, toll fees, parking fees and general car upkeep.
If you are looking for transportation: consider RidePost as a low cost way to travel.
Here is a list of ways people are using RidePost today:
Visit RidePost today to find more information.
Have a great weekend everyone! Here are some words to inspire your travels from the master of the American roadtrip himself – Mr. Jack Kerouac.
This Local’s Take is brought to us by Natalia Montalvo, one of our favorite DC-based RidePost members. We asked her to share some of her favorite DC spots for anyone planning a trip to our nation’s capital – enjoy!
Many have said (i.e. Thomas Jefferson), “All is politics in this capital.” For some that may be true – but DC has become a cosmopolitan city that offers more than just caucus conversations and historical sites. Without a doubt, the District has no deficit of museums, parks, and shops to visit while filling your minds with knowledge and culture. But once you’ve tipped your hat to Honest Abe on the monument steps (and affirm you could still ace American history), check out some of these spots to discover the other sides of DC:
For over 35 years, New Vegas has become a DC institution. Nestled in the heart of Logan Circle, you’ll
hear the sounds of The Out of Town Blues Band (a 7-piece band) bursting from the entrance doors.
New Vegas Lounge is only open Friday and Saturday nights, bringing you best rhythm and blues this side of the Mason Dixon.
You can’t go wrong with this modern take on Mediterranean cuisine. Chef Jose Andres proves to never disappoint and this is a shining star in his collection of DC restaurants. The mezze-style menu allows everyone to taste a variety of dishes from traditional lamb, seafood, crispy Brussels sprouts (a-mazing!) and an endless supply of fresh pita bread to feed the masses. Even with seating of 282, this spot is packed every night of the week, so be sure to make reservations.
H Street has gone through a complete revitalization bringing an array of new restaurants, bars, and
shops to this area. My favorite part of H Street is that many of the establishments are themed (and I love a great theme). What better way to celebrate spring than a German Biergarten? Check out Biergarten Haus for authentic German food and brews. Craving some Taiwanese-style ramen and dumplings? No problem, Toki Underground’s got you covered with a cool atmosphere to match. Looking to kill some time playing DC-themed miniature gulf, stop by H Street Country Club and attempt a hole-in-one while sipping margaritas. Feeling over-the-hill and want a great throwback night, Rock & Roll Hotel will have you on your feet and belting your favorite tunes.
Alternatives: None, you’ve gotta check this area out.
We’ve added a little something-something to the RidePost site that we’re hoping will make your experience with us that much more delightful. It’s all about the RidePost Notifications, people.
Now, when you log-in, you’ll notice a bell in the top navigation bar. That little icon signifies us, Team RidePost, calling for your attention. When you see said bell with an orange-encapsulated exclamation point – you’ll know you’ve got something to tend to. Is it a new trip request? A pending trip review? Or did someone comment on your trip? Simply hover over that little bell and all will be revealed…
Pretty nice, right? We thought so, too. Let us know what you think!
Clemson University has partnered with RidePost to bring the Tigers their own private ridesharing network: Clemson.RidePost.com! Exclusive to students, faculty, and staff, Clemson now has a closed ridesharing and carpooling network of their own that meets the specific needs of the University and that requires a verified Clemson email address to join.
We recently created private networks to help Universities and Organizations more accurately measure ridesharing and carpooling activity specific to their community. Because the network is exclusive to University and Organization members, we can translate that activity to miles, emissions, and cars on the road saved each day / week / month / year / etc…
We’re working directly with Clemson’s Parking & Transportation Services to not only bring down the costs of transportation, but to lower congestion and reduce the number of cars on campus. You can learn more on Clemson’s website, here.
If you’re affiliated with Clemson University, be sure to check out RidePost Clemson and start posting your trips, asap!
Questions about our private networks? Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Happy Monday, everyone! We have some oh-so-exciting news to share with you: we are now the official ridesharing partner for Firefly Music Festival this summer! Here’s our super awesome section on the Firefly site:
Firefly is produced by the folks at Red Frog Events, who – through the efforts of their Green Team – brought us on to provide Firefly-goers a more sustainable and affordable transportation option.
So if you’re headed to Firefly up in Dover this June, be sure to book your trips with us. Why? Well, it’s a more sustainable way to travel and you’ll make new friends, of course! But perhaps ever better: we’re putting together some Firefly Survival Kits to help you make the most of your weekend with RidePost. Book your trips with us, and you’ll be entered for the chance at prizes, swag, and on-site competitions at the RidePost tent, live in Dover.
Visit the newest section of our site, RidePost Events – to find your travel companions for Firefly! Happy RidePosting :)
This guest post comes from Justin Bailey, a frequent contributor to the RidePost Blog. Before he left to hike a section of the Appalachian Trail for Spring Break, he told us all about his plans in more depth, here. True to the nature of travel – not everything always goes as planned. Thankfully, Justin and friends still made a trip of it, despite some detours along the way. Enjoy this follow-up from Justin!
Late Saturday, we arrived at the Standing Bear Hostel ready for the adventure to begin. Greeted by Rocket, a temporary worker at the hostel, we were a little surprised that we didn’t see trail markers, or even pavement along this road. The site itself was exactly what we expected from the pictures on their website: rustic. The hostel was the perfect way to start off the trip since it’s complete with privy – outdoor bathroom – and all the fixin’s. I could hardly get to sleep that night.
The following morning just before sunrise, we awoke to check gear, grab coffee and get a short ride to the beginning of the trail. Before we even arrived at the trail, the mountain greeted us with fog, cool air, and a pair of elk lazily crossing what would be our starting point. We took a few pictures at the signpost of the AT, and we were off. With heavy packs and heavy steps, we made a few water stops before reaching the steep part of our first day. This section included a climb of about 4500 feet in less than 4 miles of trail. Needless to say, our packs loaded with food, gear, and tents starting wearing us. Without having hiked much recently, my pack felt like a bear slung over my shoulders. I thought to myself even after passing other hikers along the route, “was 15 miles in a day a little ambitious?”
That evening we set up tents near a shelter, built a fire, and talked about our plans on how to proceed, since we had only covered about half the distance planned for the first day. As I lay in my bag listening to the wind howl over like rushing waves at the beach, I slowly realized that our trip to Fontana was severely overestimated for this time of year.
The following morning we decided to descend to Cosby for various reasons; exhausted knees, poor planning, overstuffed packs, etc. On the way down, we discussed options for the remainder of the week. Luckily, living in South Carolina does have its perks. Our choices ranged from going to Charleston, camping on the beach outside of Beaufort, or heading to Table Rock Park in the upstate, among other destinations.
Defeated by the AT but not done camping, we decided to head to Hunting Island State Park just outside of Beaufort. Hunting Island is a 100% preserved state park with campgrounds, a lighthouse, and a gorgeous beach. Camping lot 73 was our residence for the remainder of the week until our return on Friday. On this island, we were able to do all the camping we wanted but at sea level instead of at 5500+ feet on top of a mountain.
Even though I’m upset we weren’t able to finish our route along the AT, I’m thankful that we were able to still take a little time to enjoy nature without much interference from technology. On our return trip, we plan to do a bit of hiking in Pisgah National Forest and Cherokee National Forest in North Carolina to prepare ourselves. This section of the AT after March will still have some snow at the peaks, but the sloshy stuff will gone below roughly 5500 feet, which will make the hike much easier to traverse 10+ miles per day.
Enjoy Justin’s photo essay from the trip: