Find answers to frequently asked questions about biking on campus at IU. If you have a question that isn’t addressed here, check out video resources from The League of American Bicyclists or reach out to TDM staff directly so that we can help you be a safe, happy, and prepared rider. We want to hear from you! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Is there a place to pump up my tires or do basic bike maintenance on campus?
Yes, there are several bike repair stations across campus. Repair kits and air pumps are also available at the Jordan Avenue, Fee Lane, and Atwater parking garages—just ask the attendant.
- Where can I purchase a bike?
The best place to go is any of the local bike shops. Let them get to know you and what you want to get out of biking. The difference in quality of a $100 bike at a big box store is leaps and bounds compared to a $500 bike you can get at a local bike store. If you’re looking for a commuter bike, you really want to go for quality as you will also be buying comfort which will make you want to ride more! If you’re still hesitant given the price range, consider the amount you save by not purchasing a parking pass.
- Where can I purchase an affordable bicycle?
The Bloomington Community Bike Project offers free bicycles in exchange for three hours of volunteer service. Affordable used bikes can also be found at any of the local bike shops.
- What are the main points I should know about bicycle commuting?
- Be safe: Get in the mindset of “driving” your bike—not just “riding” your bike. Always obey the rules of the road just as you would if you were driving your car.
- Be conspicuous/predictable: Ride so that other road users and pedestrians can see you and predict your movement. This means obeying the rules of the road, signaling your turns, making eye contact, and equipping your bike with lights at night. Riders of bicycles are allowed to occupy the entire lane.
- Be alert: Just like you would in a car, ride your bike defensively and expect the unexpected. Ride with full awareness and intention.
- Be courteous: Always yield to pedestrians and use hand signals to communicate your direction of travel.
- How do I commute to work or class and maintain a professional appearance?
Most bike commuters don’t shower at their work; ride at an easy pace to stay cool and dry. Secure a rack to your bike and use panniers to carry a change of clothes or any other toiletries you may need to freshen up. Consider trialing your commute to work on a weekend in order to learn about any logistics you may need to work through.
- Where am I allowed to ride my bike on campus?
You are allowed to ride your bike on any roads or paths on campus. Always yield to pedestrians.
- How do I stay dry and safe when I ride in the rain?
Fenders for your bike and raingear for your body will keep you dry. If you are at work, take transit or carpool to get home and ride home the next day. Equip your bike with lights to maintain visibility in overcast conditions just as you would if you were driving a car.
- Where can I find covered bike parking on campus?
Covered bike racks can be found on the ground floor in all parking garages and some residence halls. Bike lockers are available to faculty, staff, and students at Briscoe and Union Street Center.