Bike to Campus
Riding a bicycle to work is a commuting option that can have economic, environmental, and health benefits. All Northwestern Shuttles have bike racks making riding a great option.
View the University Police web page on bicycle safety.
For pedestrian safety please lock your bike to designated racks only. Locking to a fence can add to sidewalk congestion, and locking on a building ramp will constrict access for those who need to use the ramp. The Evanston campus has over 100 racks and the Chicago campus offers racks and a secure bike room. Kryptonite locks are available for purchase at cost to University affiliates. Locks can be purchased in Evanston from the Parking Services Office and in Chicago from the University Police. You are also encouraged to register your bike with University Police.
Divvy has many docking stations on and around both campuses and is a great alternative to owning a bike. They also offer discounted Annual Memberships to University students, faculty, and staff. Visit Divvy's Wildcard Advantage page for details.
Both campuses offer free shower facilities for those who bike to campus. The facilities in Evanston are in a restricted area so you need to register with Transportation Services in order to use them. Simply email Transportation Services to register. In Chicago, facilities are available at the Lake Shore Chicago Park District facility. Visitors must sign-in at the front desk. This is available year-round except during its six weeks of summer camps and when facilities are closed for holidays. Note: This does not give permission to access other parts of the facility.
Both campuses now offer repair stations, including tire pumps. Locations of the stations can be found on the sustainNU Sustainability Map.
- sustainNU Sustainability Map - includes bike rack location, repair stations, and Divvy docks
- City of Evanston Bicycle Route Map
- City of Chicago Bicycling Information.
- Chicago Campus transportation map
- Sign up for the Northwestern Bike Commuter listserv
- Send an e-mail to email@example.com
- Leave the subject line blank.
- Type the following command in the message:
SUBSCRIBE bike-commuters Firstname Lastname