ASU is a gold-level Bicycle Friendly University, as designated by the League of American Bicyclists.
ASU Parking and Transit Services offers multiple services to assist Sun Devils who commute to campus on a bicycle. Watch the Bike ASU video to learn more.
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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 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 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.
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. Get a bike at ASU Surplus.
Walk-only zones enhance pedestrian safety and ease vehicle congestion. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, no one may ride, drive or park wheeled vehicles in Walk-only zones.
Learn more about Walk-only zones.
Thousands of bike racks are available across the four ASU campuses, making it quick and convenient for Sun Devils to lock up their bicycles. Additionally, the Tempe and Downtown Phoenix campuses offer card-access bicycle parking facilities, with bike valet parking as an option at three 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 through Thursday from 7:15 a.m. to 9 p.m
- Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m
- Closed throughout summer
Next to Noble Science Library
Hours of Operation:
- Monday through Thursday from 7:15 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m.
West side of Lyceum Theater
Hours of Operation:
- Monday through Thursday from 7:15 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Friday at 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Closed throughout summer
- No service on weekends, class breaks or university holidays.
Call 480-965-6124 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 bicycle registration.
- Cyclists are required to securely lock their bicycles within the facility.
- Facilities have 64 spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Palm Walk just north of Tyler Mall on the Tempe campus
- South of Payne Hall on the Tempe campus
- Taylor Mall on the Downtown Phoenix campus
- Rates: Free of charge
ASU students, faculty and staff who bike on campus must register their bicycles. Registration helps bike recovery and may deter theft.
Bring your bicycle and ASU ID card to any bike valet station or PTS office to register your bike and receive a sticker permit.
You may start bicycle registration online; however, it is a two-step process.
1. Log in to My Transportation Account. Provide the bicycle:
- Model and color.
- Photograph of your bicycle.
- Serial number.*
2. Bring your bicycle and ASU ID card to any bike valet station or PTS office to have your serial number confirmed and to receive a sticker permit.
*Some areas where a bicycle serial number is found:
- On the seat tube, head tube or down tube.
- Under the bottom bracket, stamped on the frame between the on rear stay, often near or on the dropout.
Benefits of registration:
- Aids stolen bike recovery.
- Card-access bike parking facilities on the Tempe and Downtown Phoenix campuses.
- Free set of bike lights.
- Information about bicycling activities and events.
- Permit decal may deter theft.
- For questions about bicycle registration, call the ASU Bicycle Program at 480-965-6124.
At the end of each semester, abandoned bicycles from all ASU campuses are collected and delivered to ASU Surplus Property. All unclaimed bicycles are sold in the Surplus Property retail store. Parts and frames are sold at auction.
- Fall semester: bikes are tagged the Wednesday during graduation week and rounded up the following Monday.
- Spring semester: bikes are tagged the Monday after graduation week and rounded up the following Friday.
Bike roundup does not take place within on-campus residential communities. Registered bicyclists will be contacted if their bike is tagged during end-of-semester roundup.
Throughout the year, inoperable bicycles are collected and delivered to ASU Surplus Property. Operable bicycles must have:
Two of these components:
Handlebars and stem.
Pedals and cranks.
Seat and seat post.
To reclaim a bicycle, owners must email Parking and Transit Services or call 480-965-6124, Option 3.
Owners must have:
- Complete description of bicycle.
Date when bicycle was last seen.
Last location of where bicycle was parked.
The ASU Tempe campus features routes and upgrades to make biking safer.
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 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.
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.
Use high-quality safety and security items including helmets, headlights and U-locks.
Helmets and headlights program
Parking and Transit Services sells bicycle helmets, headlights and locks at 50 percent off the retail price.
- Helmet, headlight and tail light set, U-lock and cable lock package: $50.
- Helmet, headlight and tail light set: $30.
- Helmet: $15.
- Headlight and 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 and 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.
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.