Bicycling to and from work and/or school is well suited to the University of Rochester’s spring, summer and fall climate.  Biking is affordable and a healthy way to get around.  Biking is not just for leisure anymore – a growing number of faculty, staff and students are choosing to commute by pedaling past the pump, and improving their health while saving on transportation.

Free Bike Education Classes

Winter Cycling is a one-hour class offering tips and tricks to help you extend your cycling season through the winter. We will discuss the necessary gear for riding in the cold and in the dark, how to deal with changing road conditions, winter bike maintenance tips, and much more.

All classes are held from noon to 1 p.m. EDT, including time for questions at the end. Registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the class. 

Several sessions to choose from:

October 20, 2021

November 10, 2021

December 10, 2021
Registration link:

Bicycle Racks 

Whether biking for recreation or commuting to work or class, Transportation and Parking Management can assist you with your bike parking needs. There is plenty of free bicycle parking on the University and Medical Center campuses, with an estimated 500+ bike rack spaces.

Bicycles may not be parked next to sign posts, trees, light poles or handrails.  Riders that would like to take their bicycles into the building with them are welcome to do so as long as the bicycle is not ridden in the hallways and is stored in a dorm room or private office.  Bicycles may not be stored in hallways, break rooms and/or public places. 

Covered Bike Station Permits

Wondering where you can safely store your bike while at work? There are two fully enclosed, secure bike stations located on the ground level of the hospital’s ramp garage, with one station at Jackson Drive and the other on East Drive.

For $40 per year, bike commuters can purchase a permit to either bike station which offers:

  • 24/7 access
  • space saver bike racks
  • security cameras
  • weather-protection
  • self-service bike repair stations

Permits for the bike stations can be purchased through the Transportation and Parking Management Center at 70 Goler House during regular business hours or at the Parking Office inside the main hospital garage after business hours. Appointments are now required if you are visiting the Parking Management office in person. Book an appointment online using the online appointment reservation form. For more information, please contact the Parking Management Center at 585-275-4524.

Bike Storage Room at O’Brien Hall

Students: O’Brien Hall has an indoor bike storage room on the first floor that is available to any resident student during the academic year. To reserve a space, stop by O’Brien Hall’s Area office for a space number and card access.

HOPR Bike Share

HOP around with Rochester’s bike share program! In an effort to provide students, faculty, and staff with an easy, affordable and healthy way to get where they need to go, the Department of Transportation and Parking has partnered with RTS and the City of Rochester’s new bike share program. The system, owned, operated and maintained by HOPR, a national provider, offers a fleet of pedal bikes throughout the City of Rochester and surrounding areas. Learn more.

Keeping Your Bike Safe

  • Always lock your bike with a quality U-lock.
  • Place the lock through the frame, front or rear wheel, and a bike rack.
  • Be sure to remove a quick-release front wheel and secure it through the U-lock as well.
  • Do not leave your bike unlocked.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings.  Be watchful of people at or around bicycle racks who appear to be “checking out” the bikes.  A bike owner will normally walk directly to his or her own bike, whereas a thief will survey all the bikes, looking for an easy target.  Call Public Safety at 585-275-3333 right away to report any suspicious activity you observe.
  • Engrave your driver’s license number or State ID number on the bike frame starting with the two letter initials for the issuing state.  This is recognized nationally and can help recover your bike if it is stolen (example:  NY 123 456 789)
  • Tips on Riding Safely

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Local and State Bicycling Information


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The City of Rochester is dedicated to making this a world-class bicycling community. Since the summer of 2011, 64 lane miles of on-street bicycle facilities have been installed and an addition 140 miles already planned. We have also greatly expanded our off-street trails network and added a significant amount of bicycle parking around the city. Visit bikeRochester to learn more!