Sustainable Alternatives

NEW!  Avoid the stress of looking for parking spots in high volume lots by planning your commute using our new interactive parking map.  You can click on any Symons Campus building to display the average walking times to each parking lot.

Alternative Means of Transportation

Peterborough Campus

Alternative Transportation

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Green car with people carpooling inside Carpooling
Person riding a bike with another person walking alongside

Cycling and Walking Information


Public transit sign Public Transit
A greyhound bus Greyhound/Coach Canada Information
A go transit sign GO Transit


Carpooling is a great way to take the bite out of high gas prices, get you the best value for your parking permit and ease the strain on Trent's limited parking resources.  One member of your carpool must register on-line as the permit holder.  You can then register all vehicles participating in the pool and select the appropriate permit.  For staff and faculty, all members of a particular carpool can use their flex dollars towards the total cost of the permit. You should advise your automobile insurance carrier if you intend to carpool as it may constitute a material change to your coverage.

If your carpool has three or more members, you will be entitled to a special Carpool permit that allows you to park in any of the "Carpool Only" spaces on campus. You will also receive one free daily permit per semester in the event you must bring a second car onto campus to attend to personal or business related matters.

Carpool Lots in the City and County

Visit the Traveller Information Services Carpool website for a list of carpool lots in Ontario and information about finding a carpool ride.

Smart Commute

Call 1-800-ONTARIO for a free Ontario road map that indicates MTO carpool lots.

Cycling and Walking Information

B!KE@ Trent is a small workshop on campus where members or drop-in users can make repairs to their bikes or take part in workshops. For more information visit their website.

Trails to Trent
There are three cycling trails that can be used to get to Trent.

1. The Rotary Greenway Trail
This trail starts in East city (near downtown Peterborough) and travels north to Trent University. Total Length: 8 km

2. The Lakefield Rotary Greenway Trail
This is an extension of the main Rotary Greenway Trail, which travels from Trent University to Lakefield. Total Length: 10 km

3.  Parkway Trail

Travel between Jackson Park and the Peterborough Zoo then along a shared pedestrian/bike trail to Trent University. Total Length: 4.2 km

Map of Peterborough cycling trails

Public Transit

Taking transit is about ten times cheaper than operating a car and it’s a good choice for environmental reasons too.

All full time Peterborough Undergraduate students (excluding School of Education students) receive a City of Peterborough Transit Pass, valid from September to August.  All other students are able to purchase a Transit Pass at a discounted rate from the Campus Card Office located in Blackburn Hall, room 104.

Staff & Faculty are eligible to purchase a bus pass from the Campus Card Office located in Blackburn Hall, room 104. Where applicable staff can use their flex benefits to purchase a bus pass.

Bus schedules to Trent University

Information on accessible services available through Peterborough Transit including Handi-Van Information

To view bus schedules throughout the City of Peterborough please visit the City of Peterborough Transit page

Greyhound/Coach Canada

Schedules and fares for Greyhound

Information on Coach Canada schedules and fares

GO Transit

Students/Staff/Faculty can buy passes for the Go Transit system at the Peterborough Transit Terminal, located down town. 

Plan your trip with GO Transit 

Other Resources

Sustainability Office - Facilities Management

The Trent University community has a long-standing reputation for being a ‘green’ campus.  To support this commitment on campus and in response to the growing concern for the health of our environment, the Physical Resources Department established a Sustainability Office in the summer of 2007.  Operating under the ecoTrent umbrella, the Sustainability Office is doing their part to support Trent's commitment to promoting awareness of environmental issues and taking active measures to keep Trent green!

Map for electric vehicle charge stations

Please visit their website for further information

Peterborough Moves Website

Peterborough Moves has been designed to provide practical information for citizens to take up or expand their participation in physically active forms of transportation and ridesharing. By answering questions and providing tools to make these activities easier, aspires to assist in the development of a healthier and more enjoyable Peterborough City and County.