UBC’s Vancouver Campus Plan places top priority on having people use transit, bicycles, carpools or car shares to travel to, from and around campus rather than using their personal vehicles for single passenger trips to and on campus.
However, with long commute distances, errands and family responsibilities, the convenience of a car can be a real asset. Luckily, there is an ever growing suite of alternatives that can help you gain all the convenience of private car ownership for less cost – and less impact on the environment.
If you commute every day by car, consider sharing your ride with colleagues. Carpooling is an excellent way to save instantly on costly gas and parking fees, while spending time with friends or getting to know your fellow colleagues better. If you only need a car for the odd errand or grocery trip, carsharing may be for you. Zipcar and Modo, Evo, and Car2Go have cars available at UBC and all across the city, giving you access to wheels when you need them. As another option, UBC is currently preparing for ride-hailing services to operate on campus.
Driving Policies in Practice
Here are examples of projects that have been implemented with the goal of reducing driving to, from and on campus:
- Elimination of more than 3,000 commuter parking stalls on campus since 1997, a reduction in the commuter parking supply of approximately 25%
- Increasing daily parking rates in surface lots from $2.00 in 1997 to $14.00+ in 2017, and prices for parking permits and other parking on campus have also increased.
- Increased parking prices for all commuter parking lots
- Reclaiming surface parking lots for institutional development (e.g. at the new the Ponderosa Commons and Pharmacy buildings)
Parking needs at UBC are expected to be met with the existing parkades on campus. The Vancouver Campus Plan stipulates that no surface parking (such as parking lots) be provided at new academic buildings, excluding any special requirements like service deliveries or ensuring universal access. Over time, surface parking lots at UBC are being discontinued and replaced with buildings or interim uses like recreational areas.