Active Commuting: Biking to Campus

Facts:

    • People who commute by bicycle are the happiest commuters.
    • On peak days, there are more than 13,500 bicycles on campus in Tempe.
    • Wearing a helmet reduces your chances of serious injury. Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

Basic Information

Basic Information

Commuting by Bicycle provides many benefits. You can:

  • Park your bike close to class.
  • Get an aerobic workout while commuting.
  • Save money on car payments, gas, insurance and repairs.
  • Forego purchasing a parking pass.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Be happier while commuting.
Tips for Commuting by Bicycle

Gather Your Gear

  • Get a bicycle, helmet, high quality U-lock, lights and reusable water bottle.
  • Wear sunscreen and bring a cell phone and ID.

Protect your Bicycle

  • Register your bicycle at bike.asu.edu.
  • Learn how to securely lock your bicycle.

Learn the Rules of the Road

  • Take Traffic Skills 101, a bicycle education class.

Choose Your Route

Get Comfortable

  • Find a buddy to commute with (sharetheride.com).
  • Practice your route on the weekend.

Plan Your Routine

  • What will you wear?
  • Will you bring a change of clothes?
  • How will you carry the things you need?
  • Where will you park your bicycle?
  • Will you need a shower, locker or place to change?

Get Started!

Bicycle Safety Tips

Plan your route

  • Choose a route that is safe and comfortable for you to cycle on. It could be a road or trail.

 

Bicycle on the road

  • If you don’t feel safe cycling on a particular road, choose a parallel route that you do feel safe on, or walk your bicycle on the sidewalk.

Be visible at night, dusk and in the rain

  • Have a front white light, rear red light, bicycle reflectors and wear light colored/reflective clothing.

Follow all traffic signs, lights and laws

  • Come to a complete stop at stop signs.
  • Walk your bicycle through crosswalks and on sidewalks.

Be aware of what is going on around you

  • Never wear ear buds/head phones, text or use a cell phone while cycling.

Turn responsibly

  • Look over your shoulder.
  • Signal with your arm.
  • Go when safe.

Be courteous

  • Pass on the left, give plenty of space and an audible signal.
  • Yield to pedestrians.
  • Bicycle slowly on the campus mall.

Wear a helmet, sunglasses and sunscreen

Lock your bicycle well

Use the ASU Bike Co-Ops at any Sun Devil Fitness for

  • Free flat repairs
  • Free tune-ups
  • Free rental bikes for weekly or semester checkout (Polytechnic)
  • Free instruction and tutorials on performing your own basic bike maintenance
  • Car racks and night riding lights for daily checkout (Polytechnic)
  • Skateboard adjustments, repairs, bearing lube

resources

Programs and Activities

Programs and Activities

Interested in commuting by bicycle or pleasure riding in town? Consider taking training from a League Cycling Instructor, certified by the League of American Bicyclists. Find a local instructor or class.