In 2011, Washington University in St. Louis constructed bike lanes along the southern perimeter of the Danforth Campus, through campus, and across Melville as part of a multiyear process to build more bike-friendly campus infrastructure.
A partnership with Great Rivers Greenway connected Washington University to the Centennial Greenway, a 20-mile trail that stretches throughout the St. Louis region. Campus biking nodes like Olin Library feature dozens of new bike racks to accommodate increased demand. Additionally, many campus buildings house bike showers to make commuting by bike feasible. Clearly demarcated pedestrian zones make campus safer and discounted U-Locks from the Washington University Police Department make it more secure.
Fixit Self Tune-Up Stations
There are currently two Fixit self tune-up stations on the School of Medicine Campus, and four stations on the Danforth Campus. The stations include an array of tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, the instructions for which can be found in our Bicycle Repair Quick Guide. WashU also added two bike boxes to the major bike commuting corridor connecting the South 40 residential area with the Danforth Campus in 2014. The bike boxes are designed as an on-street place for cyclists to wait for a traffic signal to change. The bright green bike boxes make cyclists more visible to drivers and provide cyclists the opportunity to gain balance and momentum when a light turns green.
In the fall of 2015, WashU received designation as a bike-friendly university at the Bronze level. The Bicycle Friendly University program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff and visitors.
Student Biking Initiatives
Bears Bikes is a student-run business that provides bicycle rentals, repairs and storage right on the South 40 residential campus. Students have the opportunity to participate in groups that aim to connect WashU students to others looking to explore the St. Louis area by bike.
Students, staff, and faculty can register personal bikes through the WashU Police Department (WUPD) online or in person. Registration is free of charge and highly encouraged. WUPD provides registrants with a decal and registration number to attach to their bike. Students can also purchase a Kryptonite bike lock with registration for a discounted $25 fee.