At Western Washington University we encourage everybody to use alternatives to driving alone to campus. The Sustainable Transportation Office supports active transportation by coordinating student and employee bus passes and by providing bicycling support and education, commute trip reduction information, and trip planning assistance. 

Driving less is a significant way to save money, reduce stress, increase your physical activity, and reduce your impact on the planet. Not sure how to get started? Contact Sustainable Transportation today!

News and Events

In the midst of these uncertain times, we are so glad that riding a bike is an approved form of exercise. With our beautiful spring weather and less cars on the roads, this is a great time to ride a bike.

Submit photos of your rides to #WWUBIKEMONTH for a two chances to win a $50 gift certificate to your local bike shop. Winners will be selected on May 15 and June 1.

In the spirit of social distancing, the focus this bike month is on riding alone or only with people in your household. You can find tips for healthy riding during our current crisis here. Besides for getting outside for exercise, the only trips people are taking right now are essential ones like to the pharmacy or grocery store. When possible, we encourage you to take these trips on your bike.

If it has been awhile since you’ve ridden a bike, check out these resources.

Have fun riding!!


Photo Contest Terms and Conditions:

  • How to enter: tag a post of you and your bike with #wwubikemonth
  • Each tagged post is one submission, each Instagram account can be entered up to three times per drawing (two drawings during the month)
  • Participants must have a wwu.edu email to be eligible to win
  • The $50 gift certificates can be redeemed at any local bike shop near you (not restricted to Bellingham)
  • Winners will be chosen at random and announced on a video drawing by the AS Alternative Transportation Coordinator
  • Two winners total will be chosen, one on May 15th and one on June 1st
  • Winner will be given three days to accept the prize before another winner is selected
  • By entering the giveaway, you give permission for your name to be read online and for the WWU's Transportation office to contact you

To enable physical distancing beginning Tuesday, 4/7, WTA will limit the number of people who can ride on its buses to no more than 12 passengers. Up to 15 will be allowed if those riding together are couples or parents with children. More info on WTA's website.

WTA has moved to a Saturday level of service five days a week (Monday through Friday), and a Sunday level of service on Saturdays and Sundays. Find more information on WTA's website.

The spring quarter Alternative Transportation Fee will not be charged to students. This means that students will not automatically have a student Whatcom Transit Authority (WTA) bus pass.

All WTA buses are temporarily fare free. When WTA does begin charging a fare again students’ Western ID cards will not work as a bus pass.

May 2020 is the earliest that WTA will begin charging a fare to ride the bus again. When WTA begins charging a fare again, students who want a bus pass for the remainder of spring quarter may purchase it directly from WTA. Use the following online resources to learn more and to purchase a bus pass:

More information is available on our page with more information about these changes.

This notice is from Zipcar:

To maintain a safe Zipcar environment and address member concerns, we are taking the following measures:

  • Enhanced cleaning protocols and products: We upgraded our car-cleaning with antiviral and antimicrobial solutions and have deployed incremental sanitizing procedures. We’ve also promoted additional healthy hygiene and safety practices within the team that works behind the scenes to care for our vehicles.
  • Employee safety education: We have educated our employees on basic health and hygiene to protect for their safety and the safety of our members. This includes basics of hand washing and proper cleaning of work surfaces. We have ordered additional supplies, including cleaning solutions and protective equipment, should they be required. We have also created protocols for managing employee health, including processes for implementing quarantines and social distancing should they be required. 
  • Waiving cancellation fees: We are waiving our cancellation fees through April 30, 2020 should our members feel it necessary to change their driving plans, particularly in markets that have issued recommendations for social distancing. To learn more, visit our Help Center.

We also have provisions in place to ensure continuity of business operations and do not expect service disruptions as a result of the virus at this time.

For on-going external updates, we will be updating our Zipcar newsroom (https://www.zipcar.com/press/newsroom/covid19). As always, we strive to create a safe and enjoyable driving experience for our Zipcar members.