The wheels on the bus ... Strike Update

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Faculty of Education Student Council has initiated a car pool plan for upcoming practicum and classes. To participate, use the sign-up sheet near the cafeteria on the environmental committee board.

As you know, Western is remaining open and classes will continue. Students are expected to continue attending classes during a transit strike. Regular updates on Western’s response to the transit strike will be posted at http://communications.uwo.ca/transitstrike/. Please visit the site regularly and refresh your browser for the latest information.

Western Community Vans
Western has arranged to rent 47 vans to assist students and employees in getting to and from campus. The free vans are meant to assist members of the Western community who live more than a 30-minute walk from campus. The university has arranged with local businesses to use their properties for pick up and drop off. The vans will operate Mondays through Thursdays (7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 9 to 10:30 p.m.) on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m.). The vans will not run on weekends. Please visit the site posted below to view route maps for the Western Community Vans.

Parking:
The university has set out two parking options for people who do not normally drive to campus but will be doing so due to the transit strike:

Flag A Ride program:
Members of the campus community who wish to participate will receive a flag/tag to mark their vehicle or their backpack to identify themselves as a student, faculty or staff member willing to provide or receive a ride to and from campus. Students should bring their student ID cards to InfoSource in the UCC atrium to register for the program. Faculty and staff should bring their ID card to Room 5100 Human Resources in the Support Services Building to register. For more details on this program, visit http://www.mustangsmovingmustangs.ca.

Walking:
If you live within a few kilometres of campus, consider walking. For those who may have to walk at night, walk with friends and stay in well-lit areas. Additional safety tips can be found at http://www.uwo.ca/police/beingaware.htm.

Campus Community Police will increase patrols during the hours of darkness. Western Foot Patrol’s volunteer escort numbers will be at full strength and will accommodate as many persons as possible.

Biking:
Information on cycling in London, including bike paths and lanes throughout the city, can be found at http://www.london.ca/d.aspx?s=/Transportation/bikepage.htm.

With contributions from Communications Staff.