ASU is a gold-level Bicycle Friendly University, as designated by the League of American Bicyclists. All students and employees who bring a bicycle to campus are required to register their bike with ASU. View the news page and like us on Facebook for updates.
ASU supports bicycling by offering numerous services and bicycle parking options to assist Sun Devils who commute to campus on a bicycle.
Thousands of bike racks are available across the four ASU campuses, making it quick and convenient for Sun Devils to lock up their bicycles before heading to class or work. Additionally, the Tempe and Downtown Phoenix campuses offer card-access bicycle parking facilities, with bike valet parking as an option at two locations on the Tempe campus. Bicycles must be locked to a rack when on ASU campuses. Bicycles locked to anything other than a bike rack are subject to impoundment.
Bicycle valet stations accommodate up to 200 bicycles and provide free, supervised bicycle parking on a first-come, first-served basis.
How it works:
- The valet attendant issues you a claim tag.
- While you are away, your bicycle remains secure at the attended station.
- To retrieve your bicycle, present your claim tag to the valet attendant.
Locations and hours:
East side of Memorial Union; on the south side of Orange Mall between the MU and the Physical Education West building
- Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday, 7:15 a.m. – 9 p.m; Friday, 7:15 a.m. – 6 p.m
Next to Noble Science Library
- Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 7:15 a.m. – 6 p.m
West side of Lyceum Theater
- Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday: 7:15 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, 7:15 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Rates: Free of charge
No service on weekends, during class breaks or on university holidays.
Call 480-965-6124, menu option 2, for assistance weekdays between close and 9:30 p.m.
Card-access bicycle parking
How it works:
- Available for daily use to any student, employee or affiliate with a valid ASU ID who completed registration of his/her bicycle.
- The facilities have 64 spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Cyclists are required to securely lock their bicycles within the facility.
- South of Payne Hall on the Tempe campus
- On Palm Walk just north of Tyler Mall on the Tempe campus
- On Taylor Mall on the Downtown Phoenix campus
Rates: Free of charge
Bicycle registration is free of charge and is required of ASU students, faculty and staff who bike on campus. Registration may help deter bicycle theft and could help recover a bike in the event of theft.
Registration is a two-part process.
1. Log in to My Transportation Account to begin the registration process. Please be prepared to provide the following information:
- Bicycle serial number
- Bicycle manufacturer
- Bicycle model and color
- A picture of your bicycle (optional)
2. Follow the steps in the confirmation email to complete your registration.
To register, you will need to know the serial number, make, model and color of your bicycle. Most manufacturers stamp a serial number on each bicycle before it leaves the factory. A serial number, along with the make and model of your bicycle is crucial information for the police to be able to properly identify recovered bicycles and locate rightful owners. The following areas of a bicycle may include serial numbers:
- Under the bottom bracket, stamped on the frame between the cranks (most common location); may also be stamped on the top of the bracket
- On a rear stay (often near or on the dropout)
- On the seat tube (May be on the front or the back of the tube, and near the top or the bottom)
- On the head tube
- On the down tube
For questions about where your bicycle serial number is located, please contact the ASU Bicycle Program at 480-965-6124, Menu Option 3.
Additional bicycle registration benefits include:
- Automatic enrollment and access to the Tempe and Downtown Phoenix campus card-access bike parking facilities (once registration is complete and bicycle permit decal has been issued).
- With your bicycle registration number and contact information on file, you'll receive information pertaining to your bicycle on campus and other bicycling-related activities and events.
- Registration may help in the recovery of your bicycle in the event it is stolen.
- The permit decal may deter theft because the would-be thief knows that the bicycle is on record with ASU Police and available to the City of Tempe (name and bicycle information only).
- Receive a free set of bike lights when you register your bicycle with ASU.
The ASU Tempe campus has a variety of bike routes and features to enhance the ease of travel for bicyclists.
View the campus bike map
On the Tempe campus, shared paths are located on Forest, 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 marking
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.
Biking Off Campus
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
Did you know that you can combine your bicycle commute with your bus or light rail ride? Valley Metro bus riders can place their bicycle on the front of the bus, and Valley Metro light rail passengers can bring their bicycle on board to the bicycle section.
Valley Metro buses have racks that hold up to two bicycles. Loading a bicycle on the bus rack might seem intimidating if you’re not sure what to do. Just follow these simple steps:
- 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.
For some tips about bringing your bicycle on board, check out these links:
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 6 a.m. – 11 p.m., Monday – Friday, and 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
- 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:
Biking On Campus
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 running smoothly and efficiently. Bike Co-op services, locations and hours.
Purchase used bikes
Need a bike, but looking to save by purchasing used? ASU Surplus offers used bikes for sale during specific times of the year. Get a great bike for a great price at ASU Surplus.
Walk-Only Zones enhance pedestrian safety and ease vehicle congestion. During enforcement times, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday, no one may ride, drive or park wheeled vehicles (including bicycles) in Walk-Only Zones.
Learn more about Walk-Only Zones.
Accessories and gear
Personal bicycle safety and theft prevention is 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.
Using high-quality safety and security items including helmets, headlights and U-locks are essential.
Helmets and headlights program
Parking & Transit Services sells high-quality bicycle helmets, headlights and locks at 50 percent off the retail price.
- Helmet, headlight/tail light set, U-lock and cable lock package: $50
- Helmet, headlight/tail light set: $30
- Helmet: $15
- Headlight/tail light set: $15
- U-lock: $25
- Cable lock: $3 (free with the purchase of a U-lock or with the purchase of the helmet, headlight/tail light and U-lock package)
Purchase helmets, lights and locks at any campus PTS office. Registered bicyclists may purchase a U-lock for $20 (limit one).
Other campus locations where U-locks and headlights are sold:
Help prevent bicycle theft
Follow these suggestions to help prevent bicycle theft:
Register your bicycle with ASU. It is important to register your bicycle with ASU even if your bicycle is registered with another program or law enforcement agency.
Always lock your bicycle to a rack, within a card-access bicycle parking facility or leave it at an attended valet station.
Secure the U-lock through the bicycle frame, the rear wheel and the bicycle rack.
Do not lock your bicycle to an unsecured object.
Report suspicious behavior by using one of the blue-light emergency call boxes on campus or by calling 480-965-3456. If it occurs off campus, contact the appropriate police agency.
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.