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College campuses are physical spaces where people from different places converge through different transportation means, such as cars, buses, and most importantly, pedestrians.
Pedestrian traffic around the Main Campus reaches 80,000 people, of which 92 percent are students and 8 percent are professors and UANL staff.
79 percent of staff and professors commute to work by car, 19 percent prefer public transportation, and only 2 percent use non-motorized vehicles.
72 percent of students prefer public transportation, 26 percent commute by car, and only 2 percent use non-motorized vehicles.
47 percent of public transportation users commute by city buses, 13 percent by the Metrorrey Public Transportation System, and only 2 percent by taxi.
In July 2017, the CONECTA UANL project was launched to promote sustainable mobility on Main Campus. This strategy seeks to guarantee road safety for pedestrians and cyclists, reduce travel time, promote public places for social interaction, and cover cultural and leisure activities. This will be achieved through the construction of 12,000 square meters of pedestrian areas and a 3.2-kilometer cycle track, together with a bike-sharing program, the integration of a multimodal mobility system, the regulation of free campus transportation, the improvement in parking lot management, as well as the planting of over 1,100 trees in public spaces.
CONECTA UANL is much more than just a project. It is an institutional support that proposes a change in UANL’s mobility policies, improving the quality of the university areas.
Furthermore, it is intended that this new sustainable mobility model will be replicated across the Monterrey metropolitan area in order to minimize the negative effects of car use on society, like traffic and health costs, accidents, and environmental damages. This will hopefully allow people to be more humane and have a better life quality while UANL strengthens its commitment to social change.