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Introduction: Alternative Transportation

We have a variety of alternative parking and transportation options intended to make getting to/from and around U-M easier, less expensive and better for our planet.

These options include vanpooling, carpooling, parking for bicycles, motorcycles and mopeds and Zipcars - a car-sharing program that is growing in popularity.


Why walk? Lots of reasons: Walking is free...healthy... and fun! Walking also reduces the number of cars on campus, which means less traffic congestion and less pollution.

The average person can walk a mile in about 20 minutes. So consider walking to work-or to and from meetings and other appointments.

As a bonus, there's a lot to look at around campus: you might be surprised by all the natural and architectural features you've been missing by car. There are beautiful historic buildings, little shops and restaurants, nature areas and of course, the always-interesting mix of people who call Ann Arbor home.

Walking at Night (S.A.F.E.WALK)

Please see the Special Transit Services page for more information on S.A.F.E.WALK.


Skating or rollerblading is a great way to exercise while getting around campus, and it can get you to places fairly quickly.

When skating or 'blading, always remember to yield to pedestrians, since they're going at a slower pace than you are and may not be able to react in time to avoid you. Try to stay on sidewalks, and cross roads at the crosswalks. Remain alert and aware of your surroundings to prevent any unnecessary problems.

We know you love your iPod, but listening to music while rollerblading on campus is just not a good idea; you'll have less of a chance to hear warnings from cars, bikers or pedestrians.

Rollerblading and skating are allowed just about everywhere on campus, except inside parking structures and inside buildings.

Please note: Skateboarding is not allowed on campus, and you are subject to a citation from the Department of Public Safety if you do so. Please walk your skateboard while on campus grounds.