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
As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Yale staff, faculty, and students were required to make a swift and dramatic shift to online working and learning. To meet this unusual demand, Yale ITS nimbly adopted upgrades to its Zoom and VPN capacity to increase bandwidth, improve security features, and add new and innovative meeting capabilities. These changes have made remote work and student life safe and efficient, and have made virtual events and conferences more accessible to larger audiences than ever before.
Sustainable Transportation Framework
By 2019, complete a Sustainable Transportation Framework and related analyses for enhancing sustainable transportation infrastructure on and across Yale campuses.
This goal was achieved in 2019. Going forward, we will deploy strategies to encourage active, safe, and healthy modes for movement around campus and in New Haven.
Local and Regional Transportation Partnership
By 2019, enhance transportation options through local and regional partnerships.
Building and strengthening partnerships with local and regional partners are an important part of a strong transportation system, and the Office of Sustainability regularly convenes partners in New Haven to seek opportunities for collaboration. In 2020, Yale was an advocate of the 20 is Plenty campaign, aimed at improving bicycle and pedestrian safety in New Haven. Going forward, these efforts will support our other Mobility goals.
Sustainable Transportation Choices
Advance transportation choices that improve human health and environmental vitality
By 2025, increase the proportion of Yale community members commuting to campus using sustainable transportation modes by 10% above 2015 levels.
Our 2019 Transportation Survey Report demonstrated an increase in single occupancy vehicle usage and a decrease in transit ridership. However, the onset of COVID-19 in 2020 drastically affected commuting patterns, with nearly 57% of Yale’s employees working remotely.