Part II: Off-Campus Student and Faculty-Staff Bicycling Behavior (living within 5 mile distance from campus)

Off-campus student commuter bicycling behavior:

22.61% of the respondents live less than 1 mile distance from the campus while 77.39 % live within 1-5 mile distance from campus. 78.17 % of the students never or rarely ride bike to campus while 13.27 % commutes to campus by bike 3 or more days a week. Of the students who do not bike to campus (answered never or rarely) , 22.26% live less than a mile distance from campus! However, of these students who live less than a mile away from campus and who do not bike to campus, 23.73 % never or rarely walk to campus either. On the other hand, 8.47% of them drive alone to campus 5 or more times a week ( 13.55% drive alone 3 or more times a week!).

Considering all students within 5 mile distance, 20.45% walk to campus 3 or more times a week. However, 71.21% of the respondents never or rarely ride bike or walk to campus. 33.59 % of the students who never ride bike to campus drive alone to campus 4 or more times a week ( and 38.17% drive alone 3 or more times a week).

16.71% of the respondents started bicycling after March 2009 while 10.68% were bicycling before that date and 72.6 % do not bike to or on campus (see figure below). This shows that the efforts bikeUMD has made since 2009 with the collaboration of Campus Bike Shop, Public Safety Department and many other departments and student organizations’/volunteers’ help did made a difference! We more than doubled the number of students who commute by bike before the intensive bicycle program activities.

The people who started biking after March 2009 (16.71% ) stated the reasons that made them start bicycling as follows :

The respondent also stated the most important campus bicycling facilities that the university should pursue as follows (1 being most important):

Respondents who own a commuter parking permit valued the reasons that would make them give up their parking permits as follows (3 being the highest weight, 1 being the least):

Off-campus faculty-staff commuter bicycling behavior:

8.14 % of the respondents live less than 1 mile distance from campus while 91.86 % live within 1-5 mile distance from campus. 80.29 % never or rarely ride bike to campus while 8.03 % commute to campus by bike 3 or more times a week. Of the people who do not bike to campus (answered never or rarely, 94.55 % live within1-5 miles, 5.45% live less than 1 mile distance from campus). 91.59% of these respondents who never or rarely bike to campus also do not walk to campus. Overall, 10.71% of the respondents walk to campus 1-3 times a week and 8.57% walk 4 or more days a week.

59.16 % of the people who never ride bike to campus drive alone to campus 4 or more days a week. Only 15.58% drive with others 4 or more days a week. Of the people who never or rarely walk to campus, 37% drive alone 5 or more times a week while 3.54% of them live less than a mile from campus and 96.46% live 1-5 mile from campus.

For faculty and staff, the percentage that started bicycling after March 2009 (5.56%) is lower than the student percentage (16.71%). We can infer that the faculty and staff are less flexible on making changes in their travel decisions.

People who started biking after March 2009 stated the reasons that made them start bicycling as follows:

The respondents also stated the most important campus bicycling facilities that the university should pursue as follows (1 being most important):

Respondents who own a commuter parking permit valued the reasons that would make them give up their parking permits as follows (3 being the highest weight, 1 being the least):

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