The webinar on June 18, 2015 featured the 2014 Race to Excellence winner of the “Best of” in university category: Virginia Tech. Debby Freed, Virginia Tech’s Alternative Transportation Manager, spoke about their award winning commuter program.  She was the coordinator of the first alternative transportation program at Virginia Tech, which started in 2000. In 2001, Debby left Virginia Tech to start the alternative transportation program at UNC-Chapel Hill. She returned to Virginia Tech in 2005. Within a couple of years, Virginia Tech was named on the list of Best Workplaces for Commuters, and shortly afterward became a gold level award winner in BWC’s Race to Excellence. In additional to partnering with local and regional transit providers for stellar bus service, Virginia Tech has carpool programs, and an employee vanpool program, as well as 2 ridesharing services. Virginia Tech has also focused on cycling infrastructure, education, as well as partnering with the VT Police Department for enforcement which helped Virginia Tech’s gain the status of a League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly University, at the bronze level. In 2013, the Hokie Bike Hub opened. The Hokie Bike Hub is a place where employees and students can come to learn about bike maintenance and repair. To date, over 1,000 Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students have worked on their bikes at the Bike Hub.

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