Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese

Student Commuter Survey Results

A big thank you to all of the students who filled out our Student Commute Survey! With the information you have provided, we are able to see how Seattle Pacific University can better aid student transportation needs.

That being said, the time has come to unveil our results!

The most popular transportation method that students reported was driving in a car alone, even though 52.8% of undergraduate students live within two miles of campus.

Carpooling was the least popular mode of transportation for undergrads and graduates alike, but one that many students are interested in trying.

The second biggest method was walking/biking. Nearly 85% of undergraduates who live within one mile of campus walk or bike to school, which is great news!

We also read through every comment, and from that we were able to pull the top three suggestions from students:

More bus passes at the SUB
More bike racks and parking spots
A SPU carpool program

(Addressing the second concern, I would like to add that SPU has just recently added more bike racks around campus, with a new design! Go forth, ride bikes, and check them out)

We also learned that many students do not know all of their commuting options. Though our small university does not have as many resources as larger institutions like the University of Washington, we still try to help our students. Student Life offers a Transportation Resources list, and the Office of Safety & Security’s home page posts updated information about student ORCA cards and parking applications. SPU also has Zipcars on campus now, which students can rent out by the hour.

And to clarify some questions concerning parking fees, SPU does indeed offer reduced parking rates for registered carpool vehicles. The more people in the same car, the lower the fares. If three or more people ride together, then parking is free! SPU also offers free street permits for commuters. All of these can be applied for through the Office of Safety and Security.

Once again, thanks to everyone who helped to provide this information! We are currently looking into these suggestions further, and hope to bring improvements for our students’ future commutes.

And if you have more suggestions, please tell us in the comments!

Author: Sara Kenning

Sustainability Assistant at Seattle Pacific University's Office of Facility and Project Management

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