UGA's master plan endeavors to create the optimal student environment by extending the characteristics of historic north campus to other campus precincts. The master plan emphasizes the creation of connected greenspaces to promote a safe and pleasant pedestrian environment with minimized vehicular conflicts. In general, campus planning endeavors to limit the majority of vehicular traffic to the campus edges, reserving the campus interior for infill buildings and memorable pedestrian spaces. Parking deck construction (generally around the campus perimeter) as well as more remote Park and Ride opportunities help offset the loss of surface lots to new construction, and multi-use pathways and sidewalks provide safe, active transportation routes throughout the campus core.
Transportation planning efforts focus on reducing potential conflicts between different modes of travel; improving the safety, convenience and comfort of active transportation like walking and biking; reducing barriers to accessible pathways; optimizing the efficiency and ease of use of campus transit; as well as limiting congestion through improved design and infrastructure management. Recent improvements include:
- East Campus-N. Oconee River Greenway Connector Bridge
- Herty Mall Improvements
- Pedestrian scramble and intersection improvements at Lumpkin and Baxter Streets
- Traffic signalization improvements along East Campus Road including fiber connectivity and Smart Grid cameras to improve signal timing
- Pedestrian crossing improvements at Hull Street between BLC and Hull Street deck
- Pedestrian crossing improvements at River Road near LDSOA
- Pedestrian crossing improvements at Sanford Drive near Georgia Center
- Pedestrian scramble and intersection improvements at Lumpkin and Baldwin Streets (in progress)
- New trafffic signal for protected pedestrian crossing at East Campus Road and Hooper Street (in progress)
Active Transportation - Biking & Walking
UGA promotes the use of bicycles on campus through developing bike lanes on campus roadways and providing bike racks at each building. Where possible, covered bike parking and shower facilities are provided. (Click to view the Bike Master Plan or for a Map of Bike Racks on campus.)
UGA is also assisting development of the N. Oconee River Greenway to provide alternative commuting options between campus and the community. The North Oconee River Greenway now connects the A-CC Oak-Oconee Park and Ride as well as the UGA Park and Ride to East Campus at River Road.
UGA Transportation and Parking Services
UGA's Transportation and Parking Services offers bus and paratransit services, promotes active transportation options, and manages campus' 19,000-space parking system. Parking permit information, bus routes and schedules, and special transportation needs are detailed on the linked website. Members of the campus community can also ride Athens Transit "The Bus" for free with a valid campus ID. UGA TPS' Alternative Transportation Program provides incentives for people to reduce the use of personal automobiles on campus.