LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 27, 2017) – As part of an ongoing commitment to providing a variety of mobility options for the campus community, University of Kentucky Transportation Services is offering programs to encourage students, faculty and staff to use alternative transportation.
This year, in addition to its bike voucher program, Transportation Services introduced its cash out program. The cash out program gives up to 200 qualified employees each $200 over a one-year period, which will be divided evenly on each paycheck during that time period.
Anna Harris – an employee in the Office of Recruitment and first-year cash out program participant – said she will be walking a little over a mile to work instead of driving.
"I decided to apply for the cash out program to save money and get some extra exercise each day walking to work. I had been considering not driving to work for a while, but the cash incentive was really what motivated me to finally commit," Harris said.
Additionally, the bike voucher program offers 100 qualified applicants each $400 in vouchers valid at any of the five participating local bike shops in exchange for agreeing not to purchase a motor vehicle permit. Students living on campus are not eligible for the bike voucher program but should check out Big Blue Cycles.
Tiffany Cochran – an employee in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and a first-year bike voucher program participant – said she is thankful UK has this program.
"I think this is a great alternative and motivation for those who might be on the fence about riding their bike to work, to really get them excited that there is a great community of individuals all doing the same commute together in the morning for the same reasons and causes," Cochran said.
The deadline to apply for these programs is this Friday, June 30. Those interested in the bike voucher program may apply online at www.uky.edu/transportation/help-and-resources_bicycle-voucher-form. Those interested in the cash out program may apply at www.uky.edu/transportation/help-and-resources_cash-out-form.
For more information on campus transportation, visit www.uky.edu/transportation/.