To encourage environmentally friendly transportation practices, the University of Manitoba’s Parking Services, in collaboration with the university’s Sustainability Committee, has created 24 carpool-only parking spots on its Fort Garry campus.
This new program will begin in the largest student parking lots: Q Lot and U Lot. Students who have parking permits for these lots, and who have at least one passenger, can park in the designated carpooling section in the lot they have a permit for. There is no extra fee to park in these spots, which are in prime locations. Q Lot will have 12 carpool parking stalls and U Lot will have 12. More of these stalls will be added to these and other parking lots as the program expands.
“This new parking category supports the University of Manitoba’s commitment to campus sustainability, which is a priority of the President and the University,” says Cameron Neufeld, Manager of Parking Services and Transportation Demand Management at the University of Manitoba. “By encouraging carpooling we hope to reduce vehicle emissions and reduce road congestion.”
To get people thinking about alternative ways to commute to campus, including active transportation, the U of M provides accessible bike racks (there are currently 500 bike parking spots on the Fort Garry campus), it has created extra-wide bike lanes along University Crescent and it is a member of carpool.ca.
For more information contact Sean Moore, Marketing Communications Office, University of Manitoba, 204-474-7963 (firstname.lastname@example.org).