Biking is a fun and easy way to get around town. Several Denver bike routes pass close by 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 and Denver GEARS, a visually interactive mapping resource, designed to increase bike commuting in the Denver Metro area. You can pick up a paper copy of the Denver Bike Map in the Transportation Center.
Be sure to register your bike with Campus Safety. If your bike is lost or stolen, having it registered with Campus Safety can help you get it back.
Campus Safety requires that all bikes on campus be secured to a bike rack with a U-lock. For more information, visit the Campus Safety website.
Interested in learning how to bike to DU?
Let the Transportation Center pair you up with a bike buddy! A bike buddy is an experienced cyclist from the DU community who lives near you and wants to help people learn to get around on a bike. We know that figuring out how to travel by bike brings up a lot of questions: Which roads do I take? What do I wear? What are the rules of the road? How do I carry everything I need for the day? A bike buddy can show you the way and help provide the answers to these questions. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in being paired with a mentor.
We're also recruiting mentors! If you're an experienced cyclist and want to share your love of biking, contact us at email@example.com.
DU Bike Share
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 just $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 Park Hill Bike Depot. Find out more about the bike share program.
Denver B-Cycle is a citywide bike share program. The University of Denver has a B-Cycle station on campus (on the Driscoll Lawn, outside of Sturm) where you can rent a bike. You can become a member for a day, a week, a month, or a year. Once you're a member, rides of half an hour or shorter are included. Annual memberships are $80, but a student annual membership is just $49.
Showers for Bike Commuters
If you commute to campus by bike and would like to shower when you get here, there are several options for you. 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)
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 (coming soon)
- Ritchie Center (coming soon)
Bike Mechanic Hours
If your bike has a problem that's just a bit too big for you to handle, student bike mechanics are available to help you out. Check out the Center for Sustainability Facebook page to find out when the mechanics will be out and where they will be.
Local Bike Shops
If you want to buy a bike or bike supplies, or if your bike needs a tune up or major maintenance, visit a local bike shop:
- Campus Cycles, 2102 S Washington St
- BikeSource, 2665 South Colorado Boulevard
- Nice Bike, 2435 South Broadway
- Greentree Cyclery, 1549 S Pearl St
Safety: Heads Up!
Here are some very simple things you can do to increase your safety as a cyclist:
- Ride your bike as you drive your car
- Always obey traffic signs
- Ride your bike on the street and always ride with traffic
- If you're riding on campus, ride at a safe speed and give audible warning "On your left!" to pass
- Do not wear headphones
- Use front and rear bike lights at night
- Use hand signals to indicate turns