Transportation is one of the most significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, and our awareness and choices allow each of us a direct way to make a difference. By using sustainable alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles, you can prevent excess carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. In addition, by walking or biking you are getting exercise and saving money on fuel and maintenance costs. Taking public transportation, including buses and trains, also greatly reduce pollution while reaping personal savings. Carpooling and ride sharing are other sustainable options.
Consider the options below to support sustainable transportation at Knox by reducing carbon emissions while benefitting your health and finances.
The Knox College Bike Share was founded in 2006 and features two parallel programs, both free to students and managed by the Office of Sustainability. The long-term bike share allows students to check out bicycles for an academic term and they may be renewed as many times as desired. To check out a long-term bike, contact the Sustainability Coordinator. The short-term bike share allows students to check out bicycles for a matter of hours. To check out a short-term bicycle, visit the Taylor Student Lounge equipment desk or contact the Office of Sustainability for more information. Please refer to the State of Illinois Bicycle Rules of the Road for information on state cycling laws and safety tips.
The Knox College Bike Shop was created in 2012 as an on-campus bike repair shop to maintain the Bike Share fleet and to provide guidance and resources on bike repair, maintenance, and safety for the Knox community. Open several days per week, the Bike Shop is staffed by student mechanics who work with the Office of Sustainability. In addition to open shop hours, the Bike Shop will offer periodic workshops on topics such as bike repair, riding safety, and specialty classes on bike building.
|Spring Term 2013 Hours|
|Monday||4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||11:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.|
|Friday||3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.|
Knox College supports and encourages ride sharing and car pooling by hosting a discussion forum allowing members of the Knox community to post and respond to ride sharing requests. This forum can facilitate students giving each other rides to the grocery store, to events in nearby cities, or home for breaks. It can also help faculty and staff find resources for car pooling and ride sharing for those who commute to campus. Ride sharing helps save in driving costs and reducing emissions while building community.
Galesburg Transit is the local public transportation bus service, operated by the City of Galesburg. Four bus routes serve many areas of Galesburg and all routes pass by Knox College's campus. The bus is an affordable and convenient way to travel during the daytime Monday - Saturday. See the City's website for more information on schedules. For those students who take the bus frequently, you can save money by purchasing an unlimited bus pass, which is good for several months.
Galesburg is a historic railroad town, which is fortunate to have Amtrak service eight times per day (four trains heading toward Chicago and four heading west). Train service is at the Galesburg Train Station, just a few blocks east of the Knox College campus. The train provides transportation to visit other cities in the region or and to connect with airports in Chicago. It is often faster and much less expensive than the cost to drive and pay for fuel and parking. See the Amtrak website for schedules and more information.