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Resources for Biking

The following resources can help you get rolling on a bike.

Get maps of Evanston and Chicago bike routes

Find bikes and biking gear

Protect your investment

University Police offers free bike registration and sells Kryptonite locks at-cost. The Chicago campus has secure bike parking and Evanston's campus offers a bike rack map.

Fix your bike

The Evanston campus has several bike repair stations where you can pump up your tires, adjust your seat height, brake cables, or derailleurs, change out a tire, put on a basket, or grease the chain. Contact sustainNU at sustainability@northwestern.edu if a bike repair station needs maintenance.

Join Divvy

Those who want access to a bike without owning a bike can benefit from a membership in Divvy bike sharing. Thanks to a partnership between the University, the City of Evanston and others, 100 Divvy bikes and 10 bike share stations were installed around Evanston in late June, 2016. Three of the 10 stations are on or adjacent to campus. Divvy bikes are already available in Chicago, and several stations are located near Northwestern’s Chicago campus.

The bike sharing service allows residents, students and visitors take short trips across Divvy’s network of more than 580 Chicagoland stations. Membership includes unlimited 30-minute trips, making it easy to get to a class quickly, run errands, travel to and from public transit stops, or simply enjoy a ride.

Through the Wildcard Advantage program, students can receive an annual Divvy membership for only $75 instead of the normal $99 annual fee. Faculty and staff members can get a $10 discount. Visiting friends and family members who want to explore the area on two wheels can purchase a 24-hour pass for $9.95.

For more on discounts on Divvy membership, visit the Wildcard Advantage Divvy page. Visit the Divvy website to learn more about the service.

Shower and change

Shower facilities are available on Chicago campus at the Lake Shore Chicago Park District facility. To access shower facilities on the Evanston campus, you will need to register with Paul Merkey, Transportation Services Manager.

Join the club

Get involved in cycling events and connect with other bikers through these local groups.

Safety first

Safety should always be a priority for cyclists. Bikers should wear helmets (Divvy does not provide them), use front and rear lights after dark, and should always follow the rules of the road. Take the Illinois bicycle safety quiz to learn about local laws and important safety strategies.

Learn more

The Active Transportation Alliance offers more information about cycling in the Chicago region and hosts events such as the Bike Commuter Challenge and Bike the Drive.

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