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.
Anyone who has a bike on campus is encouraged to register their bike with either the City of Evanston or City of Chicago (based on location of residence). Once registered, a free helmet and light are available to all faculty, staff, and students. Simply fill out the Bike Helmet Registration form. Be sure to know the size helmet that is needed by first measuring your head. The manufacturer recommends Small/Medium if less than 22.75 inches and Large/Extra Large if over 23 inches. After registering your bike and filling out the online form you will need to bring your Wildcard and registration confirmation (email confirmation or bike sticker works) to the selected Parking Office to receive your helmet and light. Once you have your helmet review The League of American Bicyclists’ Bike Helmets webpage for tips on how to correctly adjust your helmet for the safest fit.
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 brand U-shaped locks are available for purchase at-cost ($40) to University faculty, staff, and students. They are sold elsewhere for approximately $63. Locks can be purchased from the Parking Offices located in Evanston (1841 Sheridan Road, Segal Visitors Center) or Chicago (710 N. Lake Shore Drive, Abbott Hall). You are also encouraged to register your bike with the City of Evanston or City of Chicago. Once you do so, you are eligible to receive a free helmet and light.
Divvy has many docking stations on and around both campuses and is a great alternative to owning a bike. They offer discounted annual memberships to University students, faculty, and staff. Visit the Divvy Bike Share Wildcard Advantage page for discount 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 Fitness Center at 808 N. Lake Shore Drive. Visitors must sign in at the front desk. Showering privileges are available year round except during the Fitness Center’s six weeks of summer camps and when the Fitness Center is closed for holidays.
Note: Showering privileges do not give anyone permission to access other parts of the Fitness Center unless they are a member of Chicago Park District or have a Northwestern intramural card.
Both campuses now offer repair stations, including tire pumps. Locations can be found on the sustainNU Sustainability Map.
- sustainNU Sustainability Map - includes bike rack locations, repair stations, and Divvy docks
- City of Evanston Bicycling Information - includes link to city bike map
- City of Chicago Bicycling Information - includes link to city bike map
- Sign up for the Northwestern Bike Commuter listserv
- Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Leave the subject line blank.
- Type the following command in the message:
SUBSCRIBE bike-commuters Firstname Lastname