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Transportation

Did you know that transportation accounts for approximately 35-40% of GHG emissions in the City of Toronto?  At Ryerson, we are committed to providing programs, infrastructure and resources to support and encourage sustainable transportation habits and lower the impact of your commute.According to a survey completed by the Sustainability Office in 2021, more than 90% of survey participants choose sustainable modes of transit for their daily commute! A breakdown of commuter modes of transportation to and from campus for the Ryerson community (students, staff, and faculty) is shown below.

Commuter modes of transportation for Ryerson sustainability survey participants (2021)

This chart compares the modes of transportation used by Ryerson sustainability survey participants (2021). 58% public transit; 30% walk; 8% drive along; 4% car pool.

Modes of transportation Percent of Ryerson population
Public transit  58%
Walk 30%
Drive alone 8%
Carpool 4%

Public transportation to and from campus

Local and regional public transportation emits 90 percent less carbon emissions per passenger than solo driving the same distance. Our urban location makes it easy to choose sustainable transportation to get to and from campus. For example, there are multiple streetcar stops, subway stations and Bike Share locations nearby. 

Visit the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) map, external link and Bike Share map, external link for more information. Learn about GO Transit discounts for students. 

Resources for cyclists 

Ryerson has taken many steps to making cycling an easy and accessible form of sustainable transportation to, from, and around the campus. 

For those who choose to commute by bicycle there are various services and supports available:

Bike racks throughout campus

To promote bicycle ridership on campus, Ryerson offers over 1,100 bicycle parking spots across campus in a variety of styles including ring and post, hanging triangle, staple and cyclepods. The racks are part of a campus-wide bicycle program developed in conjunction with the City of Toronto’s Bicycle Friendly Campuses Project.

Locate our bike racks on our campus map.

Reserved secure bicycle parking

Ryerson offers limited reserved secure bicycle parking permits for students, faculty and staff via the Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex (DCC).

Located on the lower level (B01) of 288 Church St., Ryerson’s reserved secure bicycle parking spaces offer an alternative to street level bicycle parking and include dedicated washroom and shower facilities than can be accessed with your OneCard.

Learn more about reserved secure bicycle parking permit periods and pricing.

Bike repair station 

Ryerson is equipped with 1 bike repair station in front of the Ryerson Student Centre on Gould Street. The station allows users to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments.

Bike Share Toronto

With several docks located very near to campus, Bike Share Toronto, external link is a convenient option for community members looking to reduce their carbon footprint. PRESTO card holders can enjoy a 40 percent discount, external link on the first full year of membership.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Ryerson installed 5 new electric vehicle level 2 charging stations at the Daphne Cockwell Building accessible to students and employees with a DCC Garage parking permit. EV charging is free for all DCC Garage permit holders.

Additional Ryerson Initiatives

TransForm Lab: Developing and investing in students while building better links between transportation-land use research and policy-making that balance environmental sustainability, health, livability, social equity, and economic opportunity.

StudentMoveTO, external link: collaborative partnership to improve transportation experiences of post-secondary students in the GTHA.

Ryerson Cycling Club, external link: A student-led initiative aimed at bringing Ryerson cyclists together on fun social rides across the city.