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Students and employees share tips on commute to UH Manoa campus

Commuter Services names them 'alternative transportation heroes'

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
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Posted: Jun 21, 2012

Poster featuring Ty Quintel, UHM Senior and Alternative Transportation Hero
Poster featuring Ty Quintel, UHM Senior and Alternative Transportation Hero
Poster for Alternative Transportation Hero Prof. Mark Levin, Richardson School of Law
Poster for Alternative Transportation Hero Prof. Mark Levin, Richardson School of Law
School of Architecture sustainable commuters
School of Architecture sustainable commuters
Graduate student Joanne Romero pictured on her commute to campus
Graduate student Joanne Romero pictured on her commute to campus

UH Mānoa’s Commuter Services recently launched a campaign to encourage the use of more sustainable modes of transportation to campus than the single-occupant vehicle. Students, faculty and staff who already employ such alternative commute solutions were invited to come forward to share their stories and practical tips.  

 

The members of this first group of “alternative transportation heroes” (all of whom would modestly protest this special designation) are featured in large posters displayed around the Mānoa campus. Brief video interviews, available for viewing on the Commuter Services website and YouTube, provide further insight into what motivates these individuals to bike, walk, carpool, or take public transit.

 

One of the “heroes” is Dr. Gertraud Maskarinec of the UH Cancer Center, who admits, “I bike to eat chocolate.” The poster featuring Communications graduate student Joanne Romero pictures her with cell phone to ear “catching up” with family and friends on her daily walk. Other alternative transportation role models include:

 

·      Carpooling students and surfing buddies Jane Dornemann, Alex Kelly and Sheela Sharma.

·      Dr. H.C. “Skip” Bittenbender, CTAHR Extension Specialist, a 60-something-year-old cyclist, who has pedaled Michigan, Nigeria and Nepal, and now routinely navigates through Honolulu’s St. Louis Heights area.

·      Professor Mark Levin of the William S. Richardson School of Law, an advocate of helmet safety.

·      Tyneski Quintel, a senior majoring in Environmental Studies and Digital Cinema, who enjoys quiet study time on TheBus.

·      Faculty and staff members from the School of Architecture Loralee Arnold, Lori Harting, Ferdinand S. Johns, Luis Longhi, Assistant Professor Kristopher Palagi, Austin Poe, Associate Professor Magi Sarvimäki and Vanessa Works.  They represent a range of commute modes, including skateboard and Razor scooter.

 

To view their videos, visit http://manoa.hawaii.edu/commuter/alttransportationheroes.html. Yet undiscovered “alternative transportation heroes” may volunteer by contacting Commuter Services through a link on that page.

 

Over the years, the function of Commuter Services (formerly known as Parking Services) has evolved beyond the mere management of parking at the UH Mānoa campus. An increasingly important part of its current efforts – and one aligned with the University’s sustainability mission – now involves the development of traffic demand management strategies.

 

Learn more about Commuter Services at www.manoa.hawaii.edu/commuter, www.facebook.com/commuteUHM, or follow www.twitter.com/commuteUHM.