Bicycling is a fun, healthy and easy way to get around campus and town. Several Denver bike routes are accessible from DU, and for long trips, you can even take your bike on the light rail and buses. To get started, check out the Denver Bike Map, a visually interactive mapping resource designed to promote bicycling in the Denver Metro area.

We also offer extensive campus resources to keep your bike secure and well-maintained.

Bicycle Safety

  • Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Always wear a helmet
  • Ride your bike as you would drive a car
  • Always obey traffic signals and signs
  • Ride your bike on the street and always ride WITH traffic


  • If you're riding on campus, ride at a safe speed
  • Give audibles like "On your left!" to announce your presence
  • Avoid wearing headphones
  • Use front and rear bike lights
  • Use hand signals to indicate turns
  • Always properly lock your bicycle


student with a bike

Bike Registration

Be sure to register and permit your bicycle through your Parking Services Account. Registration is free and may be used to alert bicycle owners to potential problems with their bicycle, or help in the recovery process should the bicycle become lost or stolen. To register your bicycle you will need to know the manufacturer, model and serial number which you'll ginf engraved on the frame of the bicycle. Most serial numbers are located on the bottom of the bike frame in the area of the cylindrical portion of the frame where the pedals are attached. Once you register your bicycle, you will receive a DU registration sticker which should be placed on a visible area of the bicycle.

Every June, all unregistered bikes remaining on Campus are impounded from the bicycle racks. The owners of bikes that are registered on campus with identifiable permit stickers will be contacted before bikes are removed. Bicycles will be held for 90 days. To retrieve a bicycle that has been impounded, contact Campus Safety at 303-871-2334. Unclaimed bicycles are donated to local non-profits or sold at auction.

  • Bike Parking

    DU requires all bikes on campus to be properly secured to provided bicycle racks with a U-lock. U-locks provide the best option for securing your property and deterring theft, and may be purchased at most retailers offering bicycle accessories. Bicycles left on racks unsecured may be secured by Campus Safety with a University-supplied lock or impounded for safekeeping. If this occurs, please contact Campus Safety at 303-871-2334.

    Bicycles that are part of a University-approved ride-share program are exempt from this policy.

    University Bicycle Policy

  • E-Bike and Scooter Shares

    The City and County of Denver is piloting dockless mobility options. These include multiple vendors who are providing bikes, electric bikes and electric scooters as mobility options. While these provide commuting options across the city, e-bikes and electric scooters may not be operated mechanically on campus pathways for safety reasons. If you ride to campus on one of these options, please park at a local transit stop on Evans or University.

  • Campus Bike Fix Stations

    If your bike gets a flat or you need to make a small repair, there are bike fix stations on campus that include a bike work stand with tools and an air pump. The fix stations are located outside of the following buildings:

    • Nagel Hall
    • Centennial Towers
    • Anderson Academic Commons
    • Johnson-McFarlane Hall
    • Boettcher Center
    • Driscoll North
    • Ritchie Center
    • Bike Mechanic Hours

    DU Bike Shop

    Is your repair just a bit too big for you to handle? If your bike is registered on campus, tuneups are free in the bike shop in the basement of Nagel. You pay for any parts.

    The bike-share program is a student-driven, Sustainability Center supported program that aims to provide low-cost bike rentals to students to use for the entire quarter. For $20, students are provided with a 10-week bike rental, helmet and University approved U-lock, as well as a free tune-up. The bike-share program is supported in part by the Bikes Together (formerly Park Hill Bike Depot).

  • Local Bike Shops

    In addition to the Office of Sustainability bike shop and the Bike Fix Stations, the University provides the list below of local bicycle retailers as part of our participation in the Bicycle Friendly University program:

  • Showers for Bike Commuters

    If you commute to campus by bike and would like to shower upon your arrival, there are many options. Showers are first come, first serve, and do not have space to store your personal belongings. Please be courteous and take short showers.

    • Anderson Academic Commons (basement, room 161)
      This shower can be reserved using PioneerWeb. Once logged in, click the "Resources" tab > "Space, Event, and Library Study Room Requests" > click "Campus Space & Event Requests" to enter 25Live. Locate the Anderson Academic Common room 161 Shower to book.
    • Nagel Hall (basement, use stairs near main desk)
    • Ruffatto Hall (4th floor, west side)
    • Ricketson Law Building (4th floor)
    • Facilities Service Center (two located in the main floor bathrooms)
    • Coors Fitness Center (available for members only)



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