Transportation is a significant component of RIT’s carbon footprint. It can also impact your wallet and your waistline. We are therefore working hard to increase the number of transportation options available to the RIT community. Think about using multi-modal transportation systems, where a combination of riding a shuttle, bicycling, and perhaps walking will get you to destinations throughout the region.
Whatever mode or modes of transportation you choose, remember to share the road and the sidewalks!
RIT is recognized as a Bike Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. Bicycle commuting is recognized as a key component of RIT’s transportation system and is gaining popularity at RIT and on college campuses throughout the country. They offer a good alternative to get to and around campus, and to avoid traffic congestion using these recommended routes. RIT has increased the number of bicycle racks throughout campus to encourage the use of this form of transportation and to assist in their safekeeping. Use the Interactive Campus Map to find the bike rack closest to your destination. All bicyclists are encouraged to register their bicycle with the National Bike Registry; you can do this with the RIT Public Safety Department.
RIT Bikeshare is a fleet of twenty orange bikes that are free for all members of the RIT community to use. You can sign them out for 24 hours.
Shared Use Path
This bicycle path connects the East side of campus to the West side and is located on the southern portion of the academic campus. There are sixteen covered bicycle shelters installed in close proximity to the path as well. This modern bicycle path also features eco-friendly swales instead of drainage grates and traditional storm sewer piping. Find out more about the Shared Use Path.
To find out more about bicycling safety, bicycling at RIT and connect with paths to the Greater Rochester Region click here.
Shower and Storage Facilities
Bicycling to campus is a great way to exercise and work up a sweat. But you might not want to go to work or class that way. The following buildings on campus have shower and locker facilities that cyclists can take advantage of.
- George H. Clark Gymnasium – (basement)
- Global Village Better Me Wellness Center – (next to Shear Global)
- Louise Slaughter Hall – (restrooms closest to the Printing Lab)
- Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall - (1st floor, women-1787 and men-1771)
- University Services Center – (1st floor by the elevator - shower facilities only)
- Student Life Center – (locker rooms are downstairs)
- Golisano Institute for Sustainability - (1st floor handicap accessible bathroom)
Bike Repair Shop
The RIT Bike Shop is part of the Outdoor Education department in Student Wellness. It is located in the basement of Monroe Hall, just inside the door at the bottom of the slope behind the RIT Tiger.
Throughout the school year, RIT provides shuttle services with regularly scheduled stops at all RIT apartment complexes, Park Point, The Province, and academic areas. These shuttles are free for RIT students, faculty & staff with a valid RIT ID. Additional information including shuttle schedules can be found here.
Regional Bus Service
RGRTA/RTS has buses that run throughout the Rochester area and offer park and ride services. All buses are equipped with bike racks, making multimodal commuting easier. Their trip planning tool allows you to enter your start and end destinations, desired time of departure or arrival and the system will map your route.
RTS Route 24, runs to downtown Rochester from RIT and stops on campus seven days a week. RIT community members do have to pay the fare to ride this bus, even when getting on at RIT properties.
Saturday Public Market Bus (Sponsored by Student Wellness)
This shuttle takes the students to the Public Market on Saturday mornings. Contact Student Wellness: firstname.lastname@example.org for the bus schedule and departure location. The bus is free to RIT students, faculty, and staff by showing your RIT ID. If the person transfers to an RTS bus once at the market, they are subject to the fare in the RTS system per trip.*
* An RTS trip is defined as getting on a bus and riding that to some destination on that bus – once transferring to a second bus, another fare is required.
Car sharing has come to RIT! Zipcar offers self-service, on-demand car rental by the hour or day. To learn more or sign up visit: www.zipcar.com/RIT.
LEV (Low Emission Vehicle) or LEFE (Low Emission Fuel Efficient) Parking
Parking spaces are available specifically for vehicles that qualify under the LEED Low Emissions list. These spaces are occupied daily by faculty, staff, and students who drive vehicles with qualified Low Emissions.
Level 2 charging stations are located in T and D lot, with additional stations currently being planned. A Multi Lot reserve parking pass is required to use the stations.