Reducing BearWALK Wait Times and Fuel Emissions

Project Lead: Wade MacAdam

Sponsor: UCPD Business Services Unit, ASUC Senator Filart, GA President Hazelwood-Carter, & GA-CAVP Vivid 

TGIF Grant: $2,190
Project Theme: Transportation and Urban Development
Project Location: UC Berkeley Campus
Status: In Progress
Project Description: Working with ASUC and the Graduate Assembly, UCPD collaborated to enhance BearWALK on the three free campus Night Safety Services. Since BearWALK is a walking service where UCPD student officers walk in between escort requests, feedback showed that clients wanted a reduced wait time. When BearWALK staffing was low (due to employees being a student first and an employee second), UCPD allowed the use of a patrol vehicle. As a way to reduce BearWALK wait times and fuel emissions, the idea of an electric bicycle was proposed so that the BearWALK employee could travel in between escorts faster than on foot (especially from CKC back to Moffitt Library).The TGIF funds will cover the cost of two electric bicycles to be utilized by the UCPD student employees (Community Service Officers or CSO’s) that operate BearWALK.

  1. Provide a quicker mode of transportation over foot to reduce wait times
  2. Reduce fuel consumption and BearWalk emissions

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.