Travel and Parking
Through bike racks, carpools, C-TRAN passes, and more, Clark College supports a “green” penguin nation. We also provide nearly 2,500 free parking spaces for students every day.
Maps and directions
If you PARK @ CLARK:
- Plan ahead
- Arrive early
- Ride share if you can
- Know where to park
Clark provides parking for nearly 2,500 student vehicles at our main campus. Students are not required to purchase a permit to park at college facilities. Parking lots are located on the east and west sides of Fort Vancouver Way north of McLoughlin Blvd.
A helpful reminder: The first few weeks of each quarter are particularly busy. Students -- especially new students -- are encouraged to arrive early to ensure that they have time to park and get to class. The Red and Green lots are often filled by 9:00 a.m. Students are encouraged to find parking in other lots, particularly the Yellow and Purple lots.
Student parking at the main campus doesn’t require a permit. Students may park in unmarked spaces. Spaces marked “F/S” are reserved for faculty and staff with permits. (They are open to everyone from 5:30-10:00 p.m.) Complete parking regulations are available at the Security Office in Gaiser Hall.
Ample parking is also available at Clark College at Columbia Tech Center. Parking at off-campus sites -- including WSU Vancouver -- is administered by the operators of those facilities.
Bike racks and bike shelters are available across the main campus. Covered, lockable bike lockers are available for rent (5 cents per hour) on the main campus; visit the Clark College Bookstore to purchase a pre-paid locker card. Bike racks are available at Clark College at Columbia Tech Center.
With more people riding bikes to classes and to work, it's important for riders and
drivers to extend courtesy and use caution when traveling. Bike riders should bike
slowly (or, preferably, dismount and walk their bikes) on walkways and always yield
Six student carpool spots are available -- Monday through Friday -- from 6 a.m. to
5 p.m. -- in Red Parking Lot #2. Carpools must include two or more people. There
is no cost to acquire a carpool parking tag, but students must register at the Security
Office in Gaiser Hall and all of the students participating in the carpool must be
present to register. Carpool parking spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served
A “high-intensity activated crosswalk ” has been installed on Fort Vancouver Way near the Clark College Welcome Center. It's the first of its kind in Vancouver and was put in place to do better job of alerting drivers than the traditional yellow-light crossing signal. It combines a red signal beacon and signs.
If you're driving:
- Yellow means proceed with caution.
- Solid red means stop.
- Flashing red means stop, then proceed when it's safe and clear.
If you're crossing the street:
- You will no longer be able to press a button and immediately step into the crosswalk.
- Follow the "Walk" and "Don't Walk" signs.
How it works:
When pedestrians press a button, the signal moves through the following steps:
- First, the overhead beacon’s flashing yellow light changes to a solid yellow light.
- Then, the light changes to a solid red, requiring drivers to come to a complete stop.
- Next, a flashing “Don’t Walk” symbol is displayed to pedestrians, while drivers see a flashing red signal indicating they may proceed with caution.
- Finally, the pedestrian beacon becomes dark and remains that way until activated again. Drivers are not required to stop when the beacon is dark.
C-TRAN service is available to our main campus, Clark College at Columbia Tech Center, and Clark College at WSU Vancouver.
Clark College students may purchase a C-TRAN bus pass endorsement with their student ID card at a special rate. This BackPASS endorsement provides free bus transportation throughout Clark County. Passes are sold through the the Clark College Bookstore. For information on C-VAN service, call 360-695-8918.
Information about TriMet is available at trimet.org.