ASU is a gold-level Bicycle Friendly University, as designated by the League of American Bicyclists.
ASU Parking and Transit Services offer multiple services to assist Sun Devils who commute to campus on a bicycle. Watch the Bike ASU video to learn more.
All ASU students, faculty and staff who bring a bicycle to campus are required to register their bike with ASU at a bike valet location or online. Learn more about the registration process in the bike registration section.
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Bicycle commuting is easy. Use the bicycling link in the search box on Google Maps to get directions that include bicycle lanes found throughout Maricopa County.
Bicycling and public transit
You can combine your bicycle commute with your bus or light rail ride. Valley Metro bus and light rail commuters can place their bicycle on the racks provided at the front of the transit vehicle. Racks are first-come, first-serve. If room permits on Valley Metro light rail trains, passengers can bring their bicycle on board to the bicycle section.
Valley Metro buses have racks to hold two bicycles. To load a bicycle on the rack:
- Pull up on the handle to lower the rack.
- Place bicycle on the open slot nearest the bus.
- Pull the wheel hook out and over your tire as close to the frame as possible.
Learn more about putting a bike on bus or light rail.
Visit the City of Tempe webpage for more bike and scooter safety rules.
Freshen up on campus
On the Tempe campus, bicycle commuters may take advantage of free showers in two locations:
- To enter, cyclists must first complete a form; an ASU ID must be presented each time before entering the facility.
- The first-floor restroom hours are from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Weekend hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- To enter, students and employees must swipe their ASU ID card to gain access. There is also a disabled-accessible push pad that will open the door after the ASU ID card is swiped.
Bring your own toiletries and towel; be considerate of others by cleaning up after yourself.
Resources for bicycle commuters
View more information about bicycling in each of the three cities in which ASU campuses are located:
View the campus bike map, which indicates bicycle parking locations, fix-it stations, Walk-only zones and more.
During the academic year, the Bike Co-op on the Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic and Tempe campuses provides students with the tools and instruction they need to keep their bikes working smoothly and efficiently. Bike Co-op services, locations and hours.
Purchase used bikes
ASU Surplus offers used bikes for sale during specific times of the year. Purchase a bike at ASU Surplus.
Walk-only zones enhance pedestrian safety and ease vehicle congestion. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, no one may drive, park or ride wheeled vehicles in Walk-only zones.
Learn more about Walk-only zones.
On the Tempe campus, shared paths are located on Forest and Goldwater Mall and along the south sidewalk on University Drive. These markings indicate paths where pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles may share the same lane at the same time.
Shared lane markings
Bicyclists commuting to and from campus may notice shared lane markings on public roadways. When bicyclists encounter these markings, they may use the same lane as vehicular traffic. Bicyclists may also notice "Bicycles may use full lane" signage reminding all commuters that bicycles have access to the full lane.
Bicycle boxes are located at intersections with traffic signals to provide a clear and visible area for bicyclists to stop ahead of vehicles. These road markings offer bicyclists priority when at a signaled intersection to activate the stoplight sensor and either go right, straight or left ahead of vehicular traffic.
Accessories and gear
Personal bicycle safety and theft prevention are important. The ASU Police Department recommends using a U-lock along with a cable lock to help prevent your bicycle from being stolen. Never use only a cable lock.
Use high-quality safety and security items, including headlights and U-locks.
Parking and Transit Services sells bicycle headlights and locks at 50 percent off the retail price.
- Headlight and tail light set | $15.
- U-lock with cable | $25.
Purchase lights and locks at any campus PTS office. Registered bicyclists may purchase a U-lock for $20. Limit one.
Help prevent bicycle theft
To help prevent bicycle theft:
- Always lock your bicycle to a rack, within a card-access bicycle parking facility or leave it at an attended valet station.
- Do not lock your bicycle to an unsecured object.
- Register your bicycle with ASU, even if your bicycle is registered with another program or law enforcement agency.
- Report suspicious behavior by using one of the blue-light emergency call boxes on campus or call 480-965-3456. If it occurs off-campus, contact the appropriate police agency.
- Secure the U-lock through the bicycle frame, the rear wheel and the bicycle rack.
If your bicycle is stolen while on campus, report the theft immediately to the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456. If it is stolen while off-campus, contact the appropriate police agency.
Registered bicyclists | Free emergency ride home
Being a sustainable Sun Devil by biking to campus helps ASU achieve its university sustainability goals for transportation. If you have a personal emergency, Parking and Transit Services is here to assist.
Call PTS dispatch at 480-965-6124 any day the university is open and ask for our emergency ride-home service. All registered bicyclists may take advantage of a free ride home up to two times each permit year. When you call have your ASU ID number and bike registration ready. After PTS has verified you are a registered bicyclist they will help you arrange for a free ride home using Lyft.