Managing traffic on campus
The Office of Parking Operations exists to make sure traffic flows efficiently on the IU Bloomington campus, and to provide parking facilities for faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
We are self-supporting and receive no funds from the state of Indiana, the university budget, or student fees. All income generated by the sale of parking permits and from citations is used for the administration, maintenance, and improvement of parking facilities.
IU reserves the right to temporarily close any campus parking area or facility, or to change which permits are allowed in particular parking areas. Any changes will be announced in a variety of media.
Any verbal or physical abuse directed at parking employees—including threats, cursing, or assault—will be reported to the appropriate university authorities for disciplinary action.
Indiana state laws governing the movement, operation, and parking of motor vehicles apply on university property. The Office of the Dean of Students has jurisdiction over student operation of motor vehicles.
Indiana Code (IC) 21-39-5-2
The Board of Trustees of a state educational institution may regulate the traffic of the following on all real property owned, used, occupied, or controlled by the state educational institution:
- Motor vehicles
- Other vehicles
Indiana Code (IC) 21-39-5-3
Regulations adopted by the Board of Trustees of a state educational institution that are applicable to traffic and parking may include the following provisions:
- Provisions governing the registration, speed, operation, and parking; and the times, places, and manner of use of motor vehicles, bicycles, and other vehicles
- Provisions prescribing penalties for the violation of regulations. Penalties may include the following:
Transportation Demand Management
Making alternative transportation options viable at IU
Transportation Demand Management (TDM) is the practice of influencing travel behavior with the goal of reducing demand for single occupant vehicle use.
In 2012, IU Bloomington conducted a TDM study to better understand employee and student commuting behavior. The study resulted in the creation of a TDM plan for IU Bloomington, which lays out programs to promote alternative forms of transportation for commuting to and from campus, as well as traveling on campus.
The recommended programs encourage, support, and incentivize the use of transportation options such as public transit, carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling, and walking.