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Bicycling is an easy and fun way to reduce carbon emissions, get a great workout, and avoid the stress that comes with searching for a parking spot on campus.
UMD has many great opportunities when it comes to bike-commuting, with everything from a Bike to Campus Program to free access to the DTA’s Bike and Bus Service, with a student’s U-Pass.
Bike Parking on campus
Free bike parking is offered throughout campus, see map above. The winter parking areas marked on the map include covered building alcoves around campus that keep clear of snow in winter.
Bike Repair Stations
Thanks to a grant from the Institute on the Environment Mini-grant program, there are now three bike repair stations on campus:
- Outside of the Kirby Bus Hub
- Outside Lake Superior Hall (in Housing)
- Along the bike/walk pathway entrance to campus, from Woodland Avenue/Bluestone
In addition, there is a compressed air pump is located under the Dining Center to fill a flat tire.
Bike to Campus Program
The Bike to Campus Program is a fun way to track your bike riding! The UMD Wellness Program, Human Resources, and UMD Sustainability Office teamed-up to offer employees and students an incentive to bike to and from campus. Faculty, staff, and students can register for free by visiting the UMD Recreational Sports Outdoor Program and a Rental Center employee will install a small Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag on your bike. Then, sign up online here.
What are the benefits (besides staying active and having fun)? Faculty and staff bike commuters can accumulate 50 points for their Wellness Points Bank, along with tracking their personal bike commuting miles. Students are entered into a drawing for prizes, sometimes ranging from bike accessories, or even a new bike. Learn more about the Bike to Campus here.
PDF of an overview presentation of bike commuting at UMD:
DTA Bike and Bus Service
DTA busses are all equipped with bike racks on the front. This is especially helpful in Duluth with the large hills. There is no additional charge to transport a bike on a DTA bus. For more information, visit the DTA’swebsite. The DTA also has a video explaining the Bike and Bus service here.
Safety is always the most important priority to have when engaging in any sort of transportation activity, including bicycling. In order to keep yourself and others around you safe, keep these safety tips in mind:
- Always wear a helmet and high-visibility vest
- Follow all traffic laws
- When riding at night, have a headlight and a taillight
- Inspect tires for proper inflation and tread wear regularly
- Inspect brakes regularly – Duluth has steep hills.
- Use winter tires in the winter
The MN Department of Transportation Bicycle Page is full of great resources!
For recreational cycling enthusiasts, join the UMD Cycling Club!