Taking alternative transportation reduces the use of fossil fuels, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions, decreases dependence on foreign oil, and saves money for everyone! You’re in luck too; Northwestern University, Evanston, and Chicago offer a variety of lower impact options. Do your part to lower your environmental impact and to make the air on our campus and in the community cleaner.
Be clean, green, and healthy by being a pedestrian.
Both Evanston and Chicago have outlined and are implementing more bike routes to encourage a greener and healthier form of transportation. And if you are tired, you can always take your bike onto the CTA or the NU shuttle.
Want to get more involved in the cycling community?:
Nervous about riding your bike on the road? Chicago has a bike buddy program that will teach you the ropes so you can ride with confidence!
Wheel and deal
Buying a bike:
- Check out NU’s Used Bike Sales at Norris
- The Recyclery Collective
- Chicago Bike Shop Database
- Or get $10 off annual Divvy Bike membership with NU's Wildcard Advantage
Worried about losing your bike? NU Police offer free bike registration and sell U-shaped Kryptonite locks. Chicago campus has secure bike parking and Evanston's campus offers a bike rack map.
Evanston's campus has 3 bike repair stations to pump up your bike tires, adjust your seat height, brake cables, or deraillers, change out a tire, put on a basket, or grease the chain in front of Foster-Walker complex and at Norris University Center.
Free Shower facilities are available on Chicago campus at the Lake Shore Chicago Park District facility. The shower facilities in Evanston are in a restricted area and you will need to register with Brian Peters to gain access.
Take public transit.
Ride the shuttle
The Campus Shuttles are free to students, faculty, and staff with a valid WildCARD.
- Loop Shuttles: get around Evanston's campus during evening and early morning hours.
- Intercampus Shuttle: between the Evanston and Chicago campuses during the week.
- Chicago Express: between Evanston and Chicago on certain Saturdays.
- Shop-N-Ride Shuttle: travels to shopping areas near Evanston on select Sundays.
Share a ride
If you need a car for a day or just a couple of hours then pick up a Zipcar or Enterprise Carshare, which offer special programs and discounts for the NU community!