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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Join Us for a Bike to Work Day Pit Stop on May 10, 2021

Join us on Monday, May 10, 2021, for Bike to Work Day, an annual free celebration of bicycling as a fun, low-cost, healthy, and environmentally-friendly way to get to work. The day will be celebrated with a pit stop hosted jointly by the Rochester Cycling Alliance, Reconnect Rochester, and the University at the cycle track on Elmwood Avenue, across from the main hospital entrance. Chat with fellow cyclists and (safely) grab a free snack. Even if you’re working from home that day, get exercise by biking to the pit stop and then back home to work for the day! Swing by, fuel up, and talk cycling with our dedicated volunteers any time between 7:30  a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Free Bike Education Classes

Spring is here! Get ready to roll! 

A series of free, virtual biking classes offered throughout the riding season by the Department of Transportation and Parking Management can help get you on your way. 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. 



Safe Cycling
12 pm – 1 pm

Biking can be a great way to advance your health and wellness, but it’s also a practical and fun way to get around. This class will develop the confidence and competence of both the beginner bicyclist and avid rider. Learn about choosing a bicycle, essential equipment, and how to ride safely and comfortably in various traffic scenarios. You will also learn that bicycling doesn’t require lots of technical gear, intense physical training, or a “hardcore” mentality. Safe cycling is something anyone can do!

April 13 – Registration link

April 22 – Registration link

May 3 – Registration link

May 27 – Registration link

How to Fix a Flat and Other Bike Maintenance Basics
12 pm – 1 pm

If you’ve ever wondered how to fix your own flat tire, we’ll go through it step by step. You’ll also have hands-on time to learn how to check your brakes, gears, and chains to be sure you’re safe to ride!

April 20 – Registration link

April 29 – Registration link

May 12 – Registration link

Learn to Ride – 4/15, 4/27, 5/25
12 pm – 1 pm

Biking is a very popular activity right now! Join this class if you’ve ever wanted to learn how to ride as an adult, or if you have a child you would like to teach to ride. We will cover the steps to practice and get you on two wheels in no time.

April 15 – Registration link

April 27 – Registration link

May 25 – 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 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 (re-opening May 7) 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.

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!