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Bicycle Registration and Locks

Registration

Bicycle registration is strongly recommended for everyone who bikes on campus. Along with a good lock and proper locking technique, it is also the easiest way to keep your bicycle safe.

Current Northwestern students, faculty, or staff who register their bike are eligible to receive a free helmet and light. Northwestern has partnered with 529 Garage to provide free, easy, and fast registration. 

  • Sign up here for the 529 Garage
  • Pick up the 529 Garage decal at either of the University Parking offices and affix the decal to your bike.

University Parking office locations:

 
Evanston campus:
University Parking
(entry at northwest corner of Segal Visitors Center)
1841 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
Hours:  Mon. – Fri., 8:00 – 4:00
Chicago campus:
University Parking
Abbott Hall, Room 100
710 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL  60611
Hours:  Mon. – Fri., 8:00 – 5:00

To receive your free bicycle helmet and light

  • 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
    • Large/Extra Large if over 23 inches
  • Bring your valid Wildcard and 529 Garage registration confirmation to the University Parking office to receive your helmet and light.
 
Evanston campus:
University Parking
(entry at northwest corner of Segal Visitors Center)
1841 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
Hours:  Mon. – Fri., 8:00 – 4:00
Chicago campus:
University Parking
Abbott Hall, Room 100
710 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL  60611
Hours:  Mon. – Fri., 8:00 – 5:00

Check out The League of American Bicyclists’ Bike Helmets webpage for tips on how to correctly adjust your helmet for the safest fit.

How to purchase a bike lock

ABUS Ultimate 420 locks can be purchased with cash, check, or credit cards from either the Evanston campus or Chicago campus University Parking offices (locations and hours above).  We have 9" locks ($67) and 5.5" locks ($50) available.