Alternative Transportation

VCU encourages students, faculty and staff to utilize alternative forms of transportation, like biking, walking and carpooling to commute around the city. VCU Parking and Transportation offers several options and benefits to greening your transportation.


RamBikes is a full-service bike shop where students can repair their bikes themselves or get assistance from our experienced staff, as well as learn about upcoming workshops and group rides. Students will have to provide their own replacement parts if necessary. For more information about these services, visit or contact VCU RamBikes at or (804) 828-BIKE.

GRTC Bus Passes - VCU now offers unlimited transportation access on Pulse Rapid Transit, local and express routes for all VCU, VCU Health System, and Virginia Premier students and employees.

Zimride is VCU's private social network for ride sharing. Students, faculty, and staff can split the costs of driving their vehicle by sharing their rides with fellow VCU students and employees. Zimride can also be used to find rides for commutes, popular events, and long trips outside the Richmond area. 

Zipcar provides the ride by the hour or by the day. Low hourly rates include gas, insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and 180 miles! No car, no problem!

Visit VCU's Commute page for more information on these and a full list of the options available.



To celebrate Park(ing) Day on September 20, VCU departments are creating miniature parklets inside of VCU parking spaces. Park(ing) Day is an international event designed to promote sustainability and green space within communities. For more information, contact Kendra Norrell at


Parklet locations:

VCU Da Vinci Center: Cabell Library Bus Shelter (901 Park Ave)

VCU Office of Sustainability: RamBikes Parking Lot (201 N Belvidere St)