On campus and around town
Guilford College has a long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability and encourages community members to do the same.
Getting around campus by walking, skateboarding or biking are the easiest and most sustainable ways of all, and since campus is surrounded by so many shops, parks, restaurants and other areas of interests, these are the most convenient modes of transportation.
Biking on campus and around Greensboro:
The best bicycling routes in town are available through Bicycling in Greensboro (BIG), our community grassroots bicycling advocacy organization. The on-campus bike shop, located in the lower level of Shore Hall, offers free “Quaker Tune-ups,” to Guilford students, faculty and staff. It also provides minor repairs and retail sales of essential equipment, and performs free campus bike maintenance workshops.
Don’t have a bike? The shop helps maintain Guilford’s bike rental fleet. You can combine public transportation with biking; just load your bike on the rack in the front of the bus to take it with you.
Bicycles must be parked in bicycle racks. When parking, do not block walkways, nor attach bicycles to trees, signposts, handrails, or to anything other than bicycle racks. Bicycles that are repeatedly parked illegally may be temporarily confiscated or locked in place. To prevent theft, register your bicycles within seven days of the start of the semester. Bring your bike to Public Safety to complete the registration process. The free bicycle registration sticker must be prominently displayed on your bicycle frame. IMPORTANT: Bicycles on campus without registration stickers will be confiscated by Public Safety.
In addition to walking and biking, there are many options available for getting around Greensboro and the surrounding areas, including:
No car? No problem. Sharing rides reduces expenses and pollution. The Guilford community is committed to collaborating and carpooling no matter where they’re going. Check out Guilford’s rideshare discussion board through the Daily Buzz. Rideshare can help you find rides around Greensboro, to and from Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, the beach, the mountains and beyond. People using the site are encouraged to share the cost of travel.
Greensboro has several taxi cab services, including: Blue Bird Taxi (336-272-5112) and Daniel-Keck Taxi (336-275-6337) – and offer transportation to the Piedmont Triad International (PTI) airport in Greensboro for approximately $25; the Raleigh/Durham airport for approximately $130; the Greensboro Bus Depot for approximately $20; the Greensboro Amtrak Station for approximately $20.
The student-friendly bus systems in Greensboro are:
Greensboro Department of Transportation (GTA) is the City bus which has 14 weekday routes numbered 1-14; Route 7 serves Guilford. Running every 30 minutes, the outbound bus stops across the street from Guilford in front of Chick-fil-A, at Quaker Village, and just past Muirs Chapel Road on Friendly Avenue. Service is reduced after 7 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends. An option during these times is Route 26 which provides hourly service to a stop near Friendly and Muirs Chapel Road. Load your bike in the rack in the front of the bus to bring it with you.
Piedmont Authority for Regional Transit (PART) provides intra-city transportation for longer distance travel to venues such as Winston-Salem, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Raleigh, the mountains or the beach. The PART website has detailed information, routes and schedules.
Tips for using public transportation:
- Pay attention to route numbers
- Bring one dollar bills
- Know that some bus stops are outbound (moving away from the Douglas J. Galyon downtown depot) and others are inbound (moving towards the depot).
- Let the bus driver know the bus is approaching your stop by gently tugging on the bright yellow wire in the bus.
- The bus is often a few minutes late or early. Be at the stop at least five minutes before the scheduled pick up.
A care-free way to travel between cities is the train, with service provided by Amtrak. In Greensboro the train station and bus station share a building downtown, the J. Douglas Gaylon Depot. You can take bus Route 7 from Guilford to the station and hop a train. Buy your tickets in advance for the best deals.
You can get wherever you need to go, domestically or internationally, through the Piedmont Triad International Airport, which is conveniently located less than 10 minutes from Guilford College. Its airport code is GSO when making your online reservation.
The Raleigh-Durham International Airport is about 55 minutes from Greensboro (in low traffic), and offers a huge number of domestic and international flights. Airlines that don’t serve Greensboro, such as Southwest, and JetBlue, and Frontier do serve this airport.