Biking is a great way to get to and around campus, especially if you live in Hyde Park. It can also be effective over longer distances, competing with transit or driving in traffic. Best of all, once you have a bike, it’s free and it's fun. Bicycling is a great way to explore the campus and the city in general. The City of Chicago provides maps of bike routes both around campus (map) and for Chicago in general (map). They also publish a student bike guide and a useful Biking to Work commuting manual.
To get even more use out of your bike, combine biking with transit. CTA and Pace buses all have racks that can accommodate bikes at all times. You can also take your bike on CTA and Metra trains at off-peak hours. Refer to the CTA's Bike and Ride Guide for more information.
The university's Abandoned Bike Policy helps to maintain the safety and beauty of campus. Any abandoned or improperly locked bikes are subject to removal by Facilities Services, which will store impounded bicycles at the Young Building, 5555 S.Ellis Avenue, for 10 business days, during which time a bicycle may be reclaimed by calling 773-834-1414. If the bicycle is not claimed within 10 business days, it will be donated to charity.
To report abandoned or improperly locked bikes, or to request additional bike racks, please telephone the FS Service Center at 773-834-1414.