Transportation | Sustainability | Kent State University

Transportation

From walkability to car sharing, Kent State strives to create transportation options on campus.

Walkable

The Kent campus covers about 950 acres and is easily walkable.  The Lefton Esplanade provides a pedestrian and bike path from Risman Plaza to downtown Kent, and also connects to the Portage Hike and Bike Trail.  Choosing to walk improves health and allows for greater connection with your surroundings.

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The City of Kent has a walk score, a numerical value assessing walkability services, of 89 out of 100, indicating a very walkable city where most errands can be accomplished on foot.

City of Kent's Walk Score

Bikeable

Biking will help you get across campus more quickly than walking, while also providing health and environmental benefits.  Bike parking is available across campus, and secure indoor bike storage is available in most residence halls.
Bicycle Friendly University Designation from League of American Bicyclists

Flashfleet, a bike sharing program, is available to all students, faculty and staff.  Kent State University is recognized as a Bicycle Friendly University from the League of American Bicyclists. The Bicycle Friendly University award is presented to colleges and universities for their efforts toward making campuses safe and accessible for bicyclists. Kent State joins 164 bicycle-friendly universities in 44 states and Washington, D.C.

Register for a Flashfleet Bike!

Bike Trails

The Portage Hike and Bike Trail Map

Free Portage County Bike User Map 

Greater Akron Bike Trails

Dero Fixit Bike Station

This station is located outside between the Student Center and KIVA.  The Fixit Bike Station has free bike repair tools and an air pump.  It is equipped with a QR code which connects to bike maintenance tips.

Public Transit

It’s easy to get around campus with the free PARTA bus service, which offers access to all countywide fixed routes.

View PARTA's Kent State University Rider's Guide

View real-time fixed route bus locations with Spot PARTA!

Spot PARTA

Ride Sharing

Gohio Commute is a web-based ride sharing program sponsored by AMATS (the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study) and other regional transportation planning offices around the State.  Anyone can register to find ride matches for their daily commute, or for single trips within Ohio.  Kent State University has a private network open to anyone with a kent.edu e-mail.  When you register with your kent.edu e-mail you will automatically be put into the Kent State network.  It will not appear on the list of networks because it is private.  You can choose matches from the Kent State Network, the AMATS network, or any other network you join.  Give it a try to save gas, save money, and reduce the stress of driving!
Gohio Commute Website

Gohio Commute Instructions

Car Sharing

For those times when a car is the only way to go, the car sharing service Zipcar is available, with six cars currently parked on campus.  Students 18 and older can apply for membership, and reserve a car for as little as an hour at a time. 

 

 

Sign up for Zipcar

FAQ How to Zip Videos

How to use ZipCar Video

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Kent State University has three electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on campus.  Charging is available for a maximum of four hours and the hourly payment of the meter is required ($.50 per hour).  Charging stations are located in the following parking lots:

  • R6 Heer hall
  • R9 Institutional Advancement
  • Kent Student Center Visitor lot
    •  Regularly hourly rate applies for this lot, no additional meter payment required

EV Charging Stations on Campus

FLEET SERVICES RENTALS

Fleet Services maintains rental vehicles for business-related travel by faculty, staff and authorized university organizations.

Fleet Services Rentals

Electric & Hybrid Fleet

The university fleet includes 53 electric GEMs, two electric e-ride vehicles, three gas-electric hybrid cars, and one plug-in Chevy Volt with a charging station at Harbourt Hall. 

Crooked River Commute

The Crooked River Commute, started in 2013 is the first kayaking trek along the Cuyahoga River from Kent State University's main campus to Kent State's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative intended to promote the river as a shared regional asset for education, recreation, and sustainability.

Learn more about the Crooked River Commute

 

 

Zero Emission Vehicle

The Zero Emission Vehicle, or ZEV, is the first golf cart to be powered by three sources: a fuel cell, a solar panel, and batteries. ZEV’s design includes additional features; the research team plans on impacting the student body in a loud way- with the help of an audio system that will allow them to stream portable music around campus.

Learn More about the Z.E.V.