Biking at the UO
The UO is nationally recognized as bicycle friendly and has a gold rating from the League of American Bicyclists. With bike racks immediately in front of every building and a strong network of bike lanes and paths, students can ride directly from home to their classroom without fighting traffic or hunting for a parking space. In fact, more than two-thirds of the UO population has a bike. The Bike Program is committed to making bikes an easy, safe, and fun transportation option for Ducks.
Bike Maps and Routes
Biking in Eugene is easy and convenient. With more than 36 miles of shared-use paths, 187 miles of on-street bicycle lanes, 71 miles of signed bikeways, and five bicycle and pedestrian bridges spanning the Willamette River, it’s easy to use a bike to get anywhere in town. You can also load your bike onto the LTD buses for free with your student ID. Plan your routes to and from campus and all around town with these maps.
Bringing Your Bike to Campus
Find the right bike for you
Bring a bike that functions well and fits you. If you purchase a new bike, visit a few bike shops and try multiple bikes to determine if you prefer a step-over or step-through frame, straight or drop handlebars, and differing speeds. We recommend visiting a specialized bike shop to ensure you get a quality bike that fits your needs. Bike Program staff are also available to help you find the right fit.
A u-lock, front and rear lights, and a helmet will keep you secure and seen while whizzing around campus. Protect your bike by taking it to a qualified bike mechanic one or two times a year for maintenance. We also offer bike maintenance classes and workspaces. And don't forget a basket, bag, or backpack for carrying your books and personal gear.
Plan for the weather
Nothing wrong with a little liquid sunshine—most students bike year-round, even in inclement weather. To set yourself up for wet weather riding, consider investing in fenders, a rain jacket, and rain pants. A waterproof bag or backpack is a great option to keep your books and gear dry. Specialty bike shops in Eugene carry a wide variety of rain gear to keep you cruising in all seasons.
Register your bike
Registration is required for all bikes parked on the University of Oregon campus. The UO bike registration process is fast, easy, mobile-friendly, and prevents theft. Students, faculty, and staff members can pick up a free registration card with a decal at the Bike Program or the Parking and Transportation office.
Know the laws
In Oregon, a person riding a bike on a street has all of the rights and responsibilities as a driver of a motor vehicle. Just like in a car, it's your responsibility to ensure you're visible (including using front and rear lights), predictable, and following the flow of traffic. Be your own advocate—read up on the laws before you go out on the road. All of Oregon's bike laws are published on the Oregon Department of Transportation's website in the Oregon Bicyclist Manual.
Keep your bike secure
Free bike racks are located throughout campus and can get you much closer to class than parking your car. When locking your bike to a rack, always use a u-lock and lock through the frame of the bike to the bike rack. If you have a quick-release wheel or seatpost, you can purchase locking security skewers to replace the quick-release skewers at a local bike shop. If you prefer locking your bike in a locker or cage, you can rent one through UO Parking and Transportation to keep your bike secure and dry.
While biking is a great way to get around quickly and conveniently, it can be dangerous as you share road space with fast moving vehicles and other obstacles. Protect yourself by staying alert and aware of your surroundings, making sure you are visible to everyone around you, wearing a helmet, and biking predictably.
Bike in the street, not in the sidewalk. Use bike lanes when available.
Use the entire lane if needed. In Oregon, bikes can use the full lane.
Avoid the door zone. Stay at least a door's width from parked cars.
Bike predictably. Bike in a straight line and don't weave between cars.
Wear a helmet. Reduce the risk of serious injury in an accident.
Stop and look. Stop at stop signs and stop lights.
Signal your turns. Use hand signals when turning.
Follow the flow. Bike in the direction of traffic.
Check your route. Pick bike-friendly streets and paths when possible.