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Bike UVA

Biking is a healthy and cost-effective and fun way for students, faculty, staff and visitors to get to and around Gounds! Bike racks are located outside of virtually all University buildings. Even occasional biking benefits the whole community through traffic and parking congestion reduction. Download a poster with transportation options here

Biking at UVA

Bike pumps are available at the following libraries:

  • Alderman Library
  • Brown Library (Clark Hall)
  • Clemons Library
  • Fine Arts Library (Architecture School)
  • Health Sciences Library
  • Music Library (Cabell Hall)
  • Physics Library

Bicycle Tips and Reminders:

  • When riding at night, cyclists must use proper lighting: white light in front, red in back.
  • It is the cyclists' responsibility to be familiar with all State Laws and Regulations.
  • Cyclists may be required to dismount in some areas. Cyclists are prohibited from riding on sidewalks as well as the Lawn and adjoining pathways. 
  • Ride on the right side of the road, in the same direction as traffic.
  • Watch for cars and buses turning right in front of you. It may be difficult for them to see you.
  • Cyclists must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Cyclists are prohibited from wearing earphones while riding.
  • Bicycles should be parked and locked in the racks provided as indicated on the map.
  • It is a good idea to register your bike with the University Police such that it may be returned to you if stolen.

UBike: UVA's Bike Share 

In 2014, UVA launched a bikeshare! Register for UBike to take quick trips around Central Grounds at one of UVA's 21 conveniently located hubs around Central Grounds. More details can be found here 

University Bicycle Policy
"The University of Virginia, in support of its Security Policy to maintain a safe and secure atmosphere for the community of students, faculty, staff and visitors to the Grounds, is committed to establishing an environment that encourages the proper use and parking of bicycles on the Grounds.

Encouraging the use of bicycles by members of the University community underscores the value of biking as an environmentally sound mode of transportation as well as the need to educate persons about the rights of those on bicycles. At the same time, the University must maintain a safe environment for pedestrians approaching, entering and utilizing buildings on the Grounds. It is important the bicyclists ride safely on sidewalks where permitted, and use bicycle racks for parking to ensure that their bicycles do not impede passage into or from buildings in emergency situations. It is also important that bicycles not be locked to railings constructed for persons with disabilities or locked to trees, bushes, or crowd control chains/fences in order to avoid damage to the Grounds.

Procedures: Given that bicycles are a form of transportation, the Department of Parking and Transportation is responsible for the issuance and administration of University bicycle regulations governing appropriate use and storage of bicycles.

The University Police Department provides an opportunity for individuals to voluntarily register their bicycles as a passive anti-theft device."

Impounded Bicycles: Bicycles that are not properly stored, as described in the University Bicycle Policy (above), will be impounded by the Department of Parking and Transportation. Impounded bicycles may be picked up at the Parking and Transportation Office during regular operating hours at a fee of $25.00 per impounded bicycle.