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Sustainable transportation is important to McMaster University. Several alternative methods of commuting are made available across campus for students, faculty and staff.

News and Events

Bike to Work Day 2022

Our annual Bike to Work Day is happening on Tuesday, May 30th! . Join other commuters at Hamilton City Hall to kick off the month-long celebration of cycling known as Bike Month! Check out the event information here.

Electric Car Charging Stations

McMaster University campus is now home to 13 electric vehicles (EV’s) as well as charging stations. Check back soon for updates, as the Office of Sustainability is working with Security and Parking Services in developing campus-wide policies for use.

SoBi Bikes a Sustainable Success!

McMaster has been home to 6 new bike share stations as part of the SoBi Hamilton Bike Share program. Students, faculty and staff are able to purchase are able to purchase discounted memberships to the bike share program.

Over the 2022-2023 academic year, there were over 86,000 trips to and from campus, with the Student Centre being the most-used hub in the city! Over 400 people have taken advantage of the McMaster membership discount.

You can find all the information you need to learn about SoBi, sign up for a membership, get your McMaster discount, and find the hubs you may want to use HERE. Happy cycling!


McMaster University has a well established carpool parking program where two or more individuals can register for a carpool permit from Parking & Transit Services. Carpooling is available at Main Campus, the Downtown Centre and the Ron Joyce Centre.

Registered carpools at McMaster are eligible for a designated parking space and a limited number of reduced-rate parking vouchers to be used on days when one member needs to take their own vehicle to campus.

Sign-up with SmartCommute to find a carpool partner at McMaster, gain access to free resources such as the Emergency Ride Home Program, and chances to win great prizes!

To register for a McMaster Carpool Permit:

  • First, please read the McMaster Carpool Policy and ensure that you and your carpool partner(s) satisfy the criteria set out in section 2.01:
    • 2.01 Parking Services defines a carpool as a group of two or more people:
      • who travel together a minimum of three times a week
      • who have made a commitment to carpool for a minimum of three months
      • who live beyond a 1.5 km radius of McMaster’s Main Campus
      • who meet along a common route
      • who do not take a break from carpooling any longer than four consecutive weeks
      • who have registered with Parking Services
      • whose members do not possess any other McMaster parking permit

    If you have any questions about carpooling at McMaster please contact the Office of Sustainability prior to visiting Parking Services to purchase your permit.

  • If you and your carpool partner(s) satisfy the above conditions, please print and fill out the McMaster Carpool Application Form and McMaster Carpool Agreement.
  • Once all members of the carpool have filled out and signed each of the two forms, please send them to the Parking Office located in E.T. Clarke Centre, room 102.
  • One member of the carpool must go to the E.T. Clarke Centre to pick up their transpornder, or hang tag for RJC.
    • A non-refundafle $40.00 fee is required to acquire a transponder,, which the members of the carpool have to collectively pay or pay individually if each member requires a seperate transponder.

Want to refund a parking permit to become a carpooler? You can either visit the Parking Office located at the E.T. Clarke Centre, room 201 or write and fax letter stating that you would like a refund. Please state which method you would like your refund, for example, a credit card and the card number that you would like the refund made to. Please note that you must request your refund within the first two business days of the month for the refund to be eligible starting that current month.