Sustainability Initiative at Aquinas College

Re-Think Transportation

Sustainable Saints Spotlights: Transportation
Sean Keast: “I walk or take the Rapid to a lot of places when I’m not on a tight schedule, but the bike is the best choice when I’m in a time crunch.” 

Shellie Jeffries“I decided to ride [my bike] to work for a couple of reasons. It's very quick to get to campus from my house...I make a conscious effort to reduce my carbon emissions as much as I can and made a commitment to ride my bike -- instead of driving a car -- as often as possible.” 

Randy MacGeorge: "Bike commuting is a triple win activity, It's good for your physical health, the financial costs per mile are much less than driving, and it's better for the environment."

Makayla Putnam: “Initially I chose to bike because it saves money on gas and reduces the contribution of greenhouse gases from my lifestyle. I’ve grown to love biking though. Riding to an 8:00am class wakes you up way more than any cup of coffee."

AQ Bikes
AQ Bikes is a new and sustainable way to get around the Aquinas campus and Grand Rapids area. As gas prices continue to fluctuate, eliminate uncertainty by checking out a more affordable way to travel. This school year Campus Safety will be offering a limited selection of bikes that may be rented by the day, weekend, or quad. Each bike will be inspected before and after use and equipped with a quality bike lock and helmet for safety and security. Rates and deposit information will be listed soon on the Campus Safety web page along with a form to fill out and reserve a bike. Any questions may be directed to or call 616-632-2449.

Aquinas College Named a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists!
On November 6th, 2015, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Aquinas College with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly University (BFUSM) award. Aquinas is one of five Michigan schools recognized this year. With the announcement of 49 new and renewing BFUs today from 31 states, Aquinas joins a cutting-edge group of colleges and universities across the United States that are transforming their campuses and the communities around them. There are now 127 BFUs in 42 states and Washington, DC. Moving forward, Aquinas will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. View the press release here.

A virtual space where members of the Aquinas Community can post carpooling opportunities and find carpooling options. On the Moose, select "Sustainability Initiative" In the right hand navigation section to access "Rideshare."
Campus Excessive Idling Policy
Aquinas College is an "idle-free" campus, meaning no vehicle is permitted to idle longer than 5 minutes while on college property. An unattended idling vehicle poses not only a safety threat, but also a security risk. By limiting the amount of time vehicles are permitted to idle to 5 minutes, the policy helps to preserve the natural beauty of campus while simultaneously supporting AQ's pledge to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Certain exceptions have been written into the policy to accommodate buses and diesel engines in extreme temperatures.
The excessive idling policy received approval from Provost Gunnoe on April 28, 2011. The proposal received a 5 -on a 1 to 5 scale- in the Joint Sustainability Committee on March 2, 2011 and passed the Student Senate on April 20, 2011.

>View the policy (pdf)             
The Rapid Public Bus System
Using public transportation is a great way to save gas money and green your transportation habits. AQ staff, faculty, and students can use the Rapid for only $0.25 per ride, with a valid Aquinas College ID. That's a savings of over $1 per ride!
Need a Route Map?
Free Rapid route maps available at the front desk of Regina and St. Joseph. Maps are also available in the Mailroom/Copy Center in lower AB.
How to Ride
Riding the Rapid is as simple as 1-2-3!

  1. Find the route to your destination using a Route Map or the Rapid website.
  2. Check the times in your schedule for bus arrival.
  3. Get on the bus, show your AQ ID, and pay the $0.25 fare (cash only)

Note: If you need a transfer to another route, tell the bus driver when you board the bus.
"Rapid bus driver - Terry" man driving bus
>>Video: How to use the Rapid bus system
Popular Routes from AQ
Map of downtownWoodland Mall
Catch Bus #6 (Eastown/Woodland) at Wealthy Street and Plymouth Ave in Eastown.
Hop on Bus #14 (East Fulton) directly across the street from the Fulton St. entrance to Aquinas College (intersection of Fulton and Alten)
Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Catch Bus #6 (Eastown/Woodland) Southbound at Wealthy Street and Plymouth Ave in Eastown. Once at Woodland Mall (Mall Dr SE & Plaza Dr SE), transfer to Bus #17 (Woodland Mall/Airport) Southbound
Find the route you need! Click on the map above for an interactive Rapid route map.
Do you have other ideas for popular routes to include on this page? E-mail Jessica Eimer with your suggestions at
The Rapid Van Pool Program
The Rapid Van Pool Program is perfect for people with long commutes who are interested in "sharing the ride." The Rapid provides vans to van pooling groups on a month to month basis, for a small fee. Approximately 20 Rapid Vans travel from Lansing, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, and other communities within 60 miles of Grand Rapids. All staff, faculty, and students of Aquinas College who regularly use a Rapid Van Pool, may seek reimbursement up to $22 per month.
How to Get Started

  1. Contact The Rapid at (616) 774-1188 to find an existing Van pooling group in your area or to register your own group.
  2. Download Aquinas' policies and procedures (pdf) for the Rapid Van Subsidy Program.
  3. Submit a check request and appropriate documentation to Jessica Eimer Bowen at 632-1994 to obtain reimbursement for van pool costs paid to the Rapid.