Did you know?Eleven percent of our greenhouse gas emissions come from student, faculty, and staff commuting, while less than four percent come from Bard-owned vehicles.
Bard encourages our community to avoid travel by single-occupancy cars. You can be healthier, build community, and prevent the release of 19 pounds of carbon dioxide for every gallon of gasoline you save by walking, biking, or riding the Bard shuttle. Join the sharing economy through a third party service like Zipcar and sign up for Bard RideShare.
A free campus shuttle circulates from campus to the villages hourly. The Dutchess County LOOP bus allows some commuters access to campus twice daily. Bard participates in a car rental service called Zipcar, providing the opportunity for drivers ages 18 years and older to avoid car ownership, and reserve a vehicle for short-term needs.
Shuttles and Area TransportationTo share through Zipcar you need to plan ahead: it takes about a week for Zipcar to mail your membership card. Introductory offer for students: $10 off the normal annual fee, making it a $15 membership for the first year.
Build community with RideShare—can you share a ride one day a week? Qualify for prime parking in the Olin and Main parking lots when you share a ride; be sure to get your RideShare dashboard sign from Security. You do not need a car to participate in RideShare.
ZipCar Bard RideShare Program Bard Transportation Website
We have four locations for Bard community members and the public to charge electric vehicles. Customer charges partially cover the electricity and software costs. They are located at: Montgomery Place Lot (ChargePoint), Main Lot by Sottery (EVConnect), Admissions Lot by Fisher Studio Arts (EVConnect), and the Fisher Center, Lot B (ChargePoint).
Each location has two ports (plugs) and two designated parking spots for electric vehicles only. Until we post signs with rules of use, we hope that electric vehicle drivers will use the spaces only when actively charging their cars. If you have problems using the charging stations, please use the help numbers that are posted by the manufacturers. Want to be part of the Bard electric transportation group? Have other feedback regarding this new program? Contact us.
Bike riding has a long tradition at Bard, and there are resources available for those interested in using bicycle transport. The Bike Co-op is a free resource for the Bard community’s bike-related needs. The Co-op is a community of bike enthusiasts who work together to fix bike problems. Check out our Facebook page.
BikingRevolution Bicycles in Kingston has a semester-based rental package they offer to Bard students over the summer: bikes are delivered on first-year opening day.
Take care of your bike:
- Park your bike on a bike rack only or you risk getting it clipped. Lock it with a strong lock.
- Bikes can’t be left at Bard over the summer; plan ahead to arrange for storage or share with a student staying on campus. If you’re staying on campus this summer, watch your email to see how to register your bike.
- B&G will clip and remove all unregistered bikes, regardless of where they are, starting Tuesday after Commencement.
- Abandoned bikes are raffled off each year and redistributed by lottery. Watch your email for a chance to enter the lottery. You must be present on campus in order to participate.
Bard is a walkable campus—most buildings are within half a mile of Kline Commons. The Village of Tivoli is three miles to the north, through a state park. The Village of Red Hook is three miles to the southeast and is accessible by shuttle or bike.
Bard Campus Map
Actions and Materials
- Walk and hike Bard—the Landscape and Arboretum Program has several useful maps.
- Visit our Montgomery Place Campus—try some short hikes with history.
- Hike Tivoli Bays Map | The New York State DEC Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management Area and Research Reserve bike and walking path connects campus to the Village of Tivoli. The trailhead is in the Performing Arts Center parking lot (the lot farthest to the west).
- Summertime at Bard—where to hike, bike, and walk.