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NOACA's 2015 Commuter Choice Award Logo  When it comes to sustainability and transportation, the goal is to reduce single occupancy car trips, and ultimately, our carbon footprint. In FY12, CWRU students, staff and faculty logged almost 37 million commuting miles coming to and from campus. There are many sustainable options for travel, whether it’s for commuting to and from campus, or across campus or town for a meeting.  We can help you shift your mode of travel, by helping you figure out a bus route, find a car-pool buddy, or learn how to bike to your destination!

‌Case Western Reserve University is honored to be awarded the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency's (NOACA) Commuter Choice Award at the gold level in 2015!  NOACA has awarded us this distinction based on CWRU's support and promotion of alternative and earth-friendly transportation options, including bicycling infrastructure and alternative work opportunities. CWRU was awarded with the Commuter Choice Award at the Bronze level in 2014, and was also awarded the "Most Improved" prize in 2015 for our award level jump. 

Find the greenest, cheapest, fastest ways to move around Ohio with the Gohio Portal. You can connect with people to carpool, vanpool or bikepool with on the portal as well as find RTA routes and safe walking routes. We've created a tutorial for using the Gohio Portal to help get you started.

Cleveland is home to an extensive public transportation system, the RTA, Regional Transit Authority. All undergraduate students of CWRU receive a year-round bus pass. Full-time graduate students can opt-in to an annual bus pass for $75, a significant cost reduction. CWRU participates in the Commuter Advantage program that allows eligible faculty and staff to buy RTA passes via payroll deduction and with pre-tax dollars through Access Services. RTA helps you plan your trip to or from campus.


For trips around campus and University Circle, Access Services manages an extensive network of shuttle busses, lovingly referred to as “Greenies” around campus. The Circle Link Bus services campus and stops at a number of University Circle locations including the Art Museum, Cleveland Natural History Museum, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Hospital, and the Uptown Shopping and Entertainment District.  The Heights AM Loop and Evening South shuttles head into Cleveland Heights, through Coventry to help both students and staff get to and from campus. Check the shuttle map for full details.


Additionally, the Squire Valleevue Farm has a 32-passenger shuttle bus that makes at transports students, staff, faculty and community members to and from the farm for class, research, and recreation.

Carpooling to work is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint (and the University’s!) while saving money, wear and tear on your car, and making your commute more productive or social. CWRU is a member of OhioRideShare (ORS), which offers carpool, bike buddy, and walking buddy matching options for employees and students commuting to campus.  The University-specific ORS portal will match employees and students with other University community members and provides data feedback on the positive effects of mode shift.   

Additionally, a new commuting portal has opened: Gohio commute. This is a great way to track your commuting carbon footprint, find carpool buddies and more.


Users just click and drag their commutes to a “Commute Calendar” to immediately see resulting fuel savings, reductions in CO2 emissions and even calories burned. Go to to register and to start logging your commutes today!


CWRU's Access Services offers an extra access card for the lot you use for no fee - perfect for your carpooling buddy!

In 2014, the city of Cleveland pledged to add 70 miles of bikeways to the existing 47 miles in the city by 2017. Biking in Cleveland is gaining in popularity and CWRU students, staff and faculty members have more options than ever to and from campus, and around the city.


CWRU has over 150 bike racks on campus, adjacent to almost every building.  Students living in Residence Halls are encouraged to use their building’s Bike Room to store their bicycles indoors. Students are encouraged to register their bike with Campus Police, and undergrads are rewarded for doing so with a free u-lock.  


Employees and Students who live or travel frequently to Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, or University Heights are welcome to request a Bicycle Map, produced by the Heights Bicycle Coalition and sponsored by The Office for Sustainability.


The Ohio Rideshare portal has a program called Bike Buddies, that will match interested riders with neighbors and colleagues who would like a friend with whom to ride to work.  All current CWRU students and employees may use the shower and locker facilities at Veale Center on the Case Quad, and Wyant Field House, in the North Residential Village.


Bike Cleveland, a local bicycle advocacy and support organization, has produced a guide to Biking in Cleveland.  CWRU works with other local organizations to celebrate National Bike to Work day each year in May, National Bike to Work Month.  The League of American Bicyclists have tracked the prevalence of bike commuting around the country, and show that it’s on the rise!  Cyclists can register with the National Bike Challenge and log their miles. Each year Cleveland and Pittsburgh battle it out in the Rust Belt Battle.  Riders can affiliate their miles with CWRU.  Will you join the movement? Also check out this resource: The Ultimate Bicycle Safety Guide.

Biking or walking to work can earn a $100 Wellness incentive for faculty or staff member with Benelect medical plan coverage. Learn more at the Wellness webpage.

Staff earning less than $50,000 per year are eligible to purchase monthly RTA passes at a 55% reduced rate. This program is subsidized by the University. Learn more on the Access Services website.

UHBikes is the bike sharing system throughout Cleveland. We have four stations around campus including across from the North Residential Village, on Adelbert Rd, across from Wolstein and near the Thwing Center. Anyone with a email address can take advantage of student membership rates $8/ month.