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.

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Free Summer Biking Workshop Series:
“How to Commute by Bike”

A 3-part virtual workshop series on “How to Commute by Bike” will be offered throughout the summer by the Department of Transportation and Parking Management. The series will run one time per week for three consecutive weeks and repeat in June, July, and August. The workshop topics cover equipment, safety on the road, and maintenance:

How to Commute by Bike 101… What equipment do I REALLY need?

How to Commute by Bike 201… How do I cycle safely in the road?

How to Commute by Bike 301… How do I fix my flat tire?

View the schedule and registration links here.

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

If you miss one of the three classes, no worries! The series repeats each month, and you can take the class later in the summer!

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 are 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.

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



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!