The University of Denver: Parking and Transportation

Buddy Knox, director of parking services at The University of Denver, says the goal is for everyone, whether they are family, staff, students or guests, to have a chance for a place to park when they come to DU.

The University has over 5,000 parking spaces registered in their inventory, which is far more than the minimum required spaces for institutions in Colorado. Although DU sells 10,000 parking permits, twice as many permits as there are spaces, the parking lots around campus remain 80 percent full. “There may not always be a place in front of the building you want to go into, but there is always a place to park,” says Knox. 

During big events around, when visitors are battling for spaces, campus parking can become congested and difficult. In the spring when DU frequently hosts high school graduation services and large sporting events, parking services may contact student permit holders and require them to park elsewhere the day of the event.

Feedback from annual parking service surveys shows that University of Denver students would like more places to park on the interior of campus, as well as cheaper parking in general. However, DU parking services are not funded through student tuition costs meaning their revenue must be generated through permit sales and the payment of citations.

According to Knox, last year parking services brought in $3 million dollars in total revenue. This money is then used for future projects, paying debts, and funding salaries. The sale of parking permits generated $1 million, meters generated $500,000, and citations brought in $300,000.

“We try to give as few tickets as possible,” says Knox, “in the seven years I’ve been here we’ve given fewer tickets every year for seven years as we get at educating people about how to park instead of punishing people for parking poorly.”

For those students who don’t have cars, The University of Denver provides alternative transportation options. A portion of student’s tuition goes towards a light rail pass that allows for easy access to Denver’s downtown area and surrounding suburbs. Additionally, there are bicycle racks located throughout campus and a DU initiated bike renting system that has stations downtown, on Pearl St., and in the Cherry Creak area.  Knox stated, “We really encourage everybody to take the light rail and RTD busses, to carpool, ride your bike and walk while you can.”

Ali Bland, a junior at DU who lives near campus, says that she walks to and from class everyday. She does not have a vehicle, but reported that walking is seldom problematic due to the small size of the DU community.

“On the weekends when people are out later and I’m farther from home then I’d like to be, it’s hard to not have a car. But, it’s a good thing because it encourages people to walk with you and not drink and drive one campus,” Bland said.

Mitchell Menashe, another junior at the University of Denver, rarely drives his car around campus. Although he lives 10 blocks away, he rides his bike every day. This was also the case when he was an underclassman living in the residence halls.

Menashe stated, “I do have a car, but I try to strictly use that for going to the mountains and, you know, big trips rather than small trips where people shouldn’t be driving.”

The University of Denver parking services are committed to helping the DU community by making transportation around campus easier. Knox said that within the next two years parking services is going to implement a permit-less parking system, where your purchased permit is registered according to your license plate number, for the benefit of students and staff.

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