Alternative Transportation

Naropa University recognizes the positive ecological, physical and economic benefits of alternative transportation and provides all students with the RTD CollegePass giving free access to RTD Buses. Naropa University also gives all students free access to Naropa's Bike Fleet. The expanding population of Boulder County is causing increased traffic congestion, dangerous air pollution levels, with this comes a need for alternatives. Naropa University's Arapahoe Campus has limited parking and students, staff and faculty are encouraged to find alternatives to parking on campus. Transportation is an issue of ecological and personal health rather than just convenience.

Boulder and the surrounding Front Range have an extensive bus and bicycle commuter system in place. The City of Boulder won Bicycling Magazine's Best City for Cycling award in 2006. RTD gives you the option of riding your bike to the bus stop and putting your bike on the bike rack at the front of the bus. The combination of buses and bikes makes it easy to commute without a car while attending Naropa University. If you add the car-share program to these tools of alternative transportation it makes it very easy to live a virtually car free life in Boulder. The Transportation Office encourages students to customize their means of travel to their situation. The transportation modes are presented below to help students in their planning.

Naropa's Bike Shack

At present Naropa has 35 bicycles that all students faculty and staff have access to for free. The bikes can also be rented by Naropa Alumni and visitors of Naropa's campuses for a small fee. Bicycles can be checked out for a week at a time and are maintained by Naropa's Bike Shack. There are a few things to keep in mind before checking out a Naropa Bike Fleet bike:

  • Naropa bikes are for commuting only.
  • Although bikes are free, you are responsible for theft, damage and late fees.
  • Bikes must be returned weekly for check-ups.
  • A student ID is required to check out a bike.
  • Bikes may only be checked out in person and are subject to availability

RTD Smart Card Bus Passes

All students are provided with a CollegePass usable on all RTD routes throughout the Denver metro area. This card provides free service on Local, Limited, Express, and Regional routes, including the AB airport bus. The smart card comes included with tuition. Don’t forget to ask for one when you get your Naropa I.D.  Visit the RTD website more information and to use their Trip Planner.

Carpooling/Permit Sharing

There are multiple options in the carpool or rideshare area. If you get dropped off in the morning, we can help get you home, through bus, bike or carpooling. This is a great way to avoid having to park.

Share the cost of a semester parking permit with your car share partner. You save money, wear and tear on your car, and only use one parking spot—a win-win situation.

Don't have a car? Want to use that HOV lane on the long commute? Sign up for Way To Go's ride share program and get matched with people who make a similar commute and would like to share a ride. Learn more at WayToGo website

eGo Car Share Program

eGo CarShare provides the option to live a car-lite lifestyle without actually owning a personal vehicle. With 24/7 access to our fleet of neighborhood-based vehicles, you can run errands in the Toyota Prius C, take the AWD Subaru Outback (with ski or bike racks, seasonally) to the mountains, or use a truck to haul furniture. Leave the not-so-fun car stuff to us – gas, insurance, parking, maintenance – it’s all included. 

Naropa students and staff receive a discount on the application fee by entering promo code Naropa 2015 when applying. There is currently a Toyota Prius C located on the Arapahoe Campus and a Ford Focus on the Paramita campus. eGo CarShare members enjoy free VIP parking on the 2130 Arapahoe Campus, located just south of the Sycamore building. Visit the eGo CarShare website for more information on how to become a member.

Biodiesel Option

If you must drive, consider using a cleaner burning, renewable and nearly Carbon Neutral fuel produced entirely in the United States. Boulder has several Biodiesel vendors, including Boulder Gas on 28th and Valmont and Bartkus Oil a card-lock fuel station on Pearl and Frontier.

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