Office of Sustainability

University of Mississippi
Sustainable transportation advocate and bike shop mechanic Steve Valliant teaches a workshop attendee how to maintain her bicycle.

Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Sustainable Transportation at Ole Miss

Sustainable transportation options are those that help reduce the number of cars on the road, while also providing feasible, affordable and safe commute experiences for our community. These methods for transportation are beneficial to both community and environmental health.

 

Highlighted Sustainable Transportation Initiatives

Parking and Transportation Options at Ole Miss

The Department of Parking and Transportation is an active partner of the Office of Sustainability. They offer several beneficial programs, such as:

  • Zimride. Zimride connects individuals so they can organize carpools. This helps reduce emissions as well as gas expenses. Learn more about using Zimride here.
  • Bike Rentals. The UM Bike Shop provides semester bike rentals with low-cost maintenance and repair fees. Learn more about campus bike rental options here.
  • Bike Share Program. Find and reserve a bike from your phone, enter your 4 digit pin to unlock the bike, ride to where you need to go, and return the bike to one of the many designated bike share racks on campus. Sign up for the bike share program by downloading the app at app.socialbicycles.com.
  • O.U.T. Bus System. The Oxford University Transit (O.U.T.) system connects campus and Oxford. O.U.T. offers several on-campus lines to get you where you need to go. This service is free for students and university employees. Learn more about O.U.T bus lines here. 
  • Zipcar. Zipcar is a car rental service. Students and university employees can rent one of the two campus Zipcars at a reduced rate. Learn more about Zipcar here.

Active Transportation Advisory Committee

The Office of Sustainability facilitates the  Active Transportation Advisory Committee.  This committee includes faculty and student bike advocates, the Office of Health Promotions, the Department of Parking and Transportation, the Bike Shop, Student Disability Services, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Facilities Management, and others. Campus advocates for sustainable transportation can direct issues and concerns to this group.

Transportation Fair

The Office of Sustainability organizes an annual Transportation Fair to promote sustainable transportation options on campus. This fair takes place in the fall semester.

UM Master Plan

The UM Master Plan, developed in a cross-campus effort by Facilities Planning, includes a campus mobility layer to accommodate greater accessibility and safety of non-motorized sustainable transportation on campus as the university grows.

UM Complete Streets Projects

The Office of Sustainability is an advocate for Complete Streets practices and has advised on such projects as the bike lane network expansion on campus and others. 

In 2011, Oxford adopted an ordinance asking that streets be designed to be accessible for all users, including motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. Because of this ordinance, the Office of Sustainability works to assist with the implementation of projects designed to make our roads safer and more accessible.

Bicycle Friendly University

The University of Mississippi was designated Bicycle Friendly University on the Bronze level by the League of American Cyclists in 2015. Because this is the preliminary designation for universities, the Active Transportation Advisory Committee continues to work to improve campus conditions for cyclists and other forms of transportation.