Sustainability

Transportation

Berea College offers sustainable transportation resources such as campus bike racks and carpool parking, a campus shuttle system to surrounding communities, and a student-led community bike program.

BC Express

Campus Life offers a transportation service for Berea College students called “BC Express.”  This 12-passenger van operates during regular hours three days a week to provide transportation for students to local towns and businesses.

Berea Bikes

Berea Bikes is a student-run co-op that fixes, rents, and builds bicycles for the Berea community.  Students work in the bike workshop as part of the labor program and also teach other students how to repair their own bikes.

Motor Pool Vehicles

The campus motor pool includes three hybrid vehicles for College business and academic use. The Ecovillage offers a hybrid Toyota Prius that residents can check out for off-campus needs such as grocery shopping. There is a mileage fee if only one person uses the car, but it is free if there are two or more people riding in the car.

Facilities Management Vehicles

Facilities Management employees use a fleet of 13 small electric vehicles (which replaced 14 gasoline-fueled vehicles) as their primary mode of transportation for maintaining campus buildings and grounds. Berea College students in the Technology and Industrial Arts (TEC) department have converted vehicles to run on electricity, one of which is a pick-up truck that is used by Facilities Management employees.

Student Car Policy

As a residential college serving low-income students, Berea’s car policy prohibits all freshmen from having cars and limits the number of approved student vehicles and campus parking spaces.  As noted on pp. 69-70 of the Berea College Student Handbook, “College policy is to discourage unnecessary ownership and use of personal vehicles by students. It is also College policy to provide an educational and social situation in which the ownership and use of personal motor vehicles by students is not normally needed. Ecological and environmental effects, loss of open space, costs of parking, and increased traffic hazards associated with a large number of motor vehicles are also factors influencing the College’s policy of restricting student vehicles.”

Related Resources

  • BC Express
  • Berea Bikes

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