According to the 2015 Mobility Survey, Washington University is home to almost 5,000 bikers. The following are resources developed by the Office of Sustainability and partners to facilitating riding on and around WashU’s campuses.
Amenities on WashU Campuses
The Office of Sustainability and partners offer a variety of amenities around WashU’s campuses to support students and staff in all of their biking endeavors.
The locations of the bike racks, showers, and Fixit stations on the Danforth campus are documented in the university’s Campus Bike Map. For the most up-to-date and detailed information on bike rack capacities, construction closures, accessible routes, and changes in bus and shuttle service, please consult the Facilities and Management Department’s layered map. Commuter information for the Medical School Campus can be found here.
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. Printed versions of the Bicycle Repair Quick Guide are also attached to each of the Fixit stations on the Danforth Campus.
Free Bike Tune-Ups
Frequent riders should keep an eye out for the free bike tune-ups on campus sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and Parking and Transportation. Every April and October, our Active Transportation Months, we host two on the Danforth Campus and two at the School of Medicine, in which bikes are tuned-up on a first-come-first-serve basis by mechanics from a local bike shop. To stay informed on free bike tune-ups, sign up for our newsletter or like us on Facebook.
Bears Bikes is a student-owned and operated business located in the Gregg storefronts, on the ground floor of Gregg House on the South 40. Bears Bikes offers year-long rentals to students who want their own bike without the responsibilities of ownership. Winter storage and free-tune ups are included with rentals, of which customers can choose between a hybrid bike, a single-speed bike, or a mountain bike. In addition to rentals, Bears Bikes provides repair services and storage over winter and summer breaks for all student bike owners. For more information on Bears Bikes location, hours, services, and pricing, visit their website.
East End Bike Hub
Part of the upcoming Shnuck Pavilion, which will be completed in 2019 as part of the East End Transformation, will be home to a Bike Hub to support the growing community of WashU bike commuters. The Hub will provide bike parking, showers, and lockers, while allowing easy access to the Skinker MetroLink and to the bike routes through Forest Park.
Biking Beyond Campus
The following are tips and resources to assist members of our community in accessing greater St. Louis by bike.
Go Multi-Modal with Metro!
MetroLink riders 13 and older or accompanied by an adult are welcome to bring their bikes aboard the train in the front or back of each car. Additionally, each MetroBus is equipped with a front-mounted rack with the capacity for two bikes. For more information on integrating your bike commute with public transit, please consult Metro’s Bike & Ride page.
Riding on Delmar: Mind the Tracks
The upcoming Loop Trolley will span 2.2 miles, promising to link the Delmar Loop business district and Metro station to the Missouri History Museum and Forest Park. While the new connectivity between these cultural landmarks is exciting, bikers should be advised that the Loop Trolley tracks pose a safety hazard, as their tires can become stuck. Consider using the marked alternative routes around Delmar and remember to always cross the tracks at a right angle. For more information, visit the Loop Trolley website.
Nearby Bike Shops
- Big Shark Bicycle Co. is located on Big Bend Blvd. Big Shark sells a wide variety of bikes and bike gear, performsrepairs, and hosts group rides every Saturday morning.
- Cursed Bikes and Coffee is located in University City, just a few blocks North from the Forsyth MetroLink station, and is both a bike shop and a coffee shop. Cursed sells and rents bikes and provides repair services by appointment.
- Velofix is a mobile bike shop which sells bikes and gear and performs repair services out of a van. You can make an appointment with our local Velofix operator here.
Regional Partner Resources
- Great Rivers Greenway collaborates with local governments to connect communities and parks with walkable, bike-able greenways. You can find a map of the existing and planned greenways here.
- Bike St. Louis is a network of over 135 miles of signed and marked bike-friendly streets created by the City of St. Louis in partnership with Great Rivers Greenway. You can contact the Office of Sustainability to request a hard copy map of this network, or view it online here.
- Trailnet is an organization that promotes active transportation as a means for creating healthy, active, and vibrant communities. In addition to their work in transportation planning and advocacy campaigns, Trailnet organizes rides and events and offers classes taught by League of American Cyclists-certified instructors.
Safe Biking Resources
Discounted U-Locks and Bike Registration
Students, staff, and faculty are eligible to purchase discounted U-Locks through the WashU Police Department (WUPD). The high-quality Kryptonite U-Locks can be bought for $25 from the WUPD office in Lien House on the South 40. WashU community members purchasing a U-Lock must register their bike at that time, which is free of charge. WUPD provides registrants with a decal and registration number to attach to their bike and stores the bike’s description, rendering it easier to recover in the case of loss or theft. Bike registration requires recording the bike’s serial number (usually located on the underside of the down tube), so it is recommended that riders seeking to purchase a U-Lock either write the serial number down beforehand or bring their bikes to WUPD with them at that time.
Discounted Helmet Sales
The Office of Sustainability is proud to partner with Bears Bikes, WashU’s student-owned bike shop, to offer bike helmets at an at-cost rate to students, faculty, and staff. Helmets are $15 each and can be purchased through PayPal and picked up at the Bears Bikes storefront on the South 40. As this offer is intended as a service to members of the WashU community, buyers must use a “.wustl“ email for the PayPal order to be eligible. Depending on inventory, the helmet will be available to pick up either at the time of purchase, or 1-2 weeks after.
The League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling videos are intended to educate bikers on basic biking skills, best practices, and important traffic laws to maximize safety and inspire confidence in riders of all levels. For more instructional videos, visit the League’s Smart Cycling page.
Fitting and Adjusting Your Bike
Basic Bike Check