Thursday, March 10, 1:30 pm.
Alamo Colleges is a network of five community colleges that serves nearly 65,000 students in San Antonio. By 2040, the city is expected to nearly double in size and Alamo Colleges recognizes that it needs a transportation plan that promotes low carbon solutions, meets the growing demands, and offsets the cost of additional parking garages. A salient part of San Antonio and the Colleges’ transportation plan is improved biking opportunities. This fall, Alamo Colleges is introducing the city’s bike sharing program – B-cycle – to San Antonio College. B-cycle will connect SAC to the rest of San Antonio, including downtown and a myriad of biking trails. SAC is an ideal spot to introduce biking because it is in close vicinity to trending locations including parks, food areas, and the river walk. Despite this, the bike-share program has faced challenges, including a lack of funding, since it was first proposed two years ago. Alamo Colleges acknowledges that communication is an important part of behavior change and is supporting innovative approaches to frame the bike-share program as a commuting alternative. The Colleges are currently conducting a transportation survey, planning B-cycle introduction events, and using its new sustainability website to promote the program. This presentation will demonstrate that community colleges play a salient role in promoting bicycling in cities, and present the successes and challenges Alamo Colleges has experienced in implementing a sustainable transportation system.
Learning Objectives are:
- Recognize the role community colleges play in facilitating the adoption of bike share programs in cities
- List the benefits and challenges associated with implementing a bike share program
- Discuss the importance of an integrated transportation plan and identify partnerships that foster sustainable growth in the transportation sector
Director of Administrative Services,
Rose Reyes is a Director of Administrative Services at Alamo Colleges Facilities Operations and Construction Management department with seven years of experience in the administration of construction and sustainability projects.
Some of these projects include: Utility efficiency projects including recycled water line and solar panel installations, managing sustainability interns for the department; managing content of Alamo Colleges’ sustainability web page, and serving on the Alamo Colleges Sustainability Council.
Rose Reyes is attending Texas State University.