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

Many Yale departments and external partners provided input and support for the Sustainable Transportation Framework Study—from University Planning and the Office of Sustainability, to the Traffic Safety Committee and New Haven Department of Transportation. The Study takes a holistic approach to transportation planning that considers the local and regional transportation network to identify strategies, design standards, and infrastructure needs.

This Objective is supported by the following goal(s): 

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 Study, to be completed at the beginning of fiscal year 2018, presents implementable near- and long-term strategies that encourage bicycling, walking, and transit use to connect Yale’s commuting population to their destinations.


Local and Regional Transportation Partnership


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


Based on work initiated by the City of New Haven to engage employers in transportation demand management strategies, Yale will help organize the Employers Transportation Solutions Working Group to support information-sharing, development of a shared vision, and collaboration on efforts to enhance sustainable transportation options in the Greater New Haven area.

Sustainable Transportation Choices

Advance transportation choices that improve human health and environmental vitality

This Objective is supported by the following goal(s): 

Sustainable Commuting


By 2025, increase the proportion of Yale community members commuting to campus using sustainable transportation modes by 10% above 2015 levels.


A Mobility Communications and Outreach Action Plan was launched to increase awareness and usage of existing transportation programs based on analysis of employee awareness. In 2015, 61% of Yale commuters utilized sustainable transportation modes. The October 2017 Transportation Survey measured progress from this baseline.