Yale in Motion
A focus on health and physical activity encourages the Yale community to be more active on campus, reduce vehicle usage, improve air quality, and reduce congestion on the roads.
- Over one-third of Yale employees live in the City of New Haven, and increasingly choose to walk, bike, or ride the Yale Shuttle to work.
- Yale has partnered with the city and other local employers to encourage use of the expanding infrastructure and programs for walking, biking and using transit.
- The Yale Community Carbon Fund allows those who commute to or travel for Yale to support local efficiency projects and offset their emissions.
- Bike/Walk Yale, a subgroup of the Traffic Safety Committee, manages initiatives to enhance bike and pedestrian infrastructure on campus. They also encourage active transportation through incentive programs and communications and ensure that University planning processes are holistic in their approach to transportation systems. Participating departments include the Office of Sustainability, Facilities Operations, University Planning, Public Safety, and the University Wellness Leadership Group.
What You Can Do
- Avoiding single occupancy vehicle use can save you time and money while improving air quality and reducing emissions. Learn more about the resources Yale provides.
- Concerned about your safety? Download the Bulldog Mobile app for resources to keep you safe while walking and biking in New Haven.
Our Objectives and Goals
Alternative Transportation Systems
Enhance and support systems for alternative and active transportation
Sustainable Transportation Framework
By 2019, complete a Sustainable Transportation Framework and related analyses for enhancing sustainable transportation infrastructure on and across Yale campuses.
Implementation of the Sustainable Transportation Framework has progressed within the last year, though more work needs to be done to reduce single occupancy vehicle trips. A working group is exploring areas on campus to see how each mode of transportation interacts. This group aims to increase safety by reducing conflict among pedestrians, vehicles and cyclists.
Sustainable Transportation Choices
Advance transportation choices that improve human health and environmental vitality
The National Center for Transit Research recognized Yale as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters. Yale is one of 39 universities in the country to have received this commendation. The award is a testament to Yale’s commitment to offering a wide array of sustainable transportation options and commuter benefits to its employees. Between July 2017 and June 2018 an average of 414 employees per month took advantage of Yale’s commuter benefits, which correlates to a notable decrease in single occupancy vehicle trips.
By 2025, increase the proportion of Yale community members commuting to campus using sustainable transportation modes by 10% above 2015 levels.
Between 2015 and 2017, the proportion of Yale commuters using sustainable transportation modes decreased by 2%. The upcoming 2019 Transportation Survey, which is issued biennially, will measure changes in alternative and sustainable transportation ridership among Yale employees and students. Yale Sustainability continues its efforts to promote sustainable commuting and expects to see an increase in commuters using sustainable transportation after analyzing survey results.