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.

Yale’s Efforts

  • 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

  • Join the fun. GoNewHavenGo offers resources and programming to make sustainable transportation easy. CT Rides offers free commuter counseling to all Yale affiliates. 
  • 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

This Objective is supported by the following goals. Progress reflects activities and accomplishments from July 2017 - June 2018: 

Sustainable Transportation Framework


By 2019, complete a Sustainable Transportation Framework and related analyses for enhancing sustainable transportation infrastructure on and across Yale campuses.


The Sustainable Transportation Framework was completed in early 2018. This informed an accompanying implementation strategy to engage campus and city partners with near- and long-term goals to encourage sustainable transportation.


Local and Regional Transportation Partnership


By 2019, enhance transportation options through local and regional partnerships.


Yale Sustainability and Human Resources and Administration will partner on analyses to support increased transit ridership.

Sustainable Transportation Choices

Advance transportation choices that improve human health and environmental vitality

The League of American Bicyclists recognized Yale with a Gold-level Bike Friendly University award in 2017. Yale is one of only 20 universities in the country with this designation. Contributing to this designation was the launch of the University’s new bikeshare program. Between December 2017 and July 2018, 171 campus bikeshare users have taken over 1,300 rides, travelling more than 1,000 miles, burning over 26,000 calories, and avoiding about 940 lbs of carbon emissions.

This Objective is supported by the following goals. Progress reflects activities and accomplishments from July 2017 - June 2018: 

Sustainable Commuting


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%. Launched in April 2018, Bike/Walk Yale will serve as a subgroup of the existing Traffic Safety Committee. The Office of Sustainability continues its efforts to promote sustainable commuting, so although numbers are down for 2017, we expect to see positive trends as a result of our work in the 2019 Transportation Survey.