Bicycling at UB
Bicycling is a fun and exciting form of exercise that is a surefire means of improving your physical and mental health. Bicycling can help prevent chronic disease, raise your metabolic rate, and lead to your feeling more energized and fit! Biking is the transportation alternative that infuses fun and healthy energy to get you where you need to be.
Winter Bike Storage
We would like to help you keep your bicycle healthy and road-ready for the Spring. What does that mean? UB will store your bicycle over the winter months (December through April - hopefully sooner) to keep it safe from weather and theft FOR FREE!!! Here are some quick facts:
- DEPOSIT: bring your bicycle to the Parking and Transportation Services office at 106 Spaulding between regular business hours of 8:30 am and 5 pm and we'll check it in and give your bike a unique tag that corresponds with your UB id.
- Pickup: when you're ready to ride, come back to 106 Spaulding and claim your bike. You can claim your bike with your UB id and check in tag- it's that easy.
- Bike Health: Parking and Transportation Services will have some expert bicycle mechanics on location during the last pickup days to oil chains, check brakes and perform routine maintenance on your bicycle - FOR FREE!!! If you acquire your bike before the last days of pickup, bring it back to make sure it's safe and road ready!
- Share: tell a student, friend or colleague about this new, wonderful and FREE opportunity provided by UB Parking and Transportation Services!
If you have any questions about UB's secure winter storage options available for bicycles, the bicycling culture at UB or Parking and Transportation, please feel free to contact Matthew Reitmeier at firstname.lastname@example.org or (716)645-3943.
UB BikeShare Registration
UB is pleased to offer an innovative bike share program to students, faculty, and staff. Join today—it's just $15 for an annual membership! BikeShare at UB, powered by Social Bicycles, offers a GPS-enabled bike that you can locate and borrow using your computer. Use it to get around and between UB's campuses. More information and registration .
Campus Services & Facilities
Transporting Your Bike
Every UB Stampede bus is equipped to conveniently and safely carry up to three bicycles between the North and South Campuses. Using the bike racks is quick and simple, find out how with this instructional video .
Using NFTA mass transit services? Bicycles are permitted on the NFTA Metro Rail and over 50% of NFTA buses are equipped to carry bicycles!
UB has racks to support over 800 bicycles, located on its campuses. View the map to find a spot closest to your destination.
Clothes Lockers & ShowersAll UB faculty, staff, students, and permit holders can rent lockers and towels from the Proshop. Facilities are available on both the North and South Campuses at Alumni Arena and Clark Hall.
- North Campus:
Shower facilities for the North Campus Academic Spine area are located in Alumni Arena. Daily locker-room use is free and long-term rentals are available for a fee. Locks and towel service are provided with paid rentals.
Ellicott Complex: Shower facilities in the Ellicott Complex are available in Greiner Hall from 8:30 am - 11 pm daily. The key must be signed out from the Greiner Hall Office and returned when finished. In addition, there is a shower at Creekside Village located at the community building and is available weekdays 9 am - 9 pm, weekends from 12 pm to 9 pm. The key must be signed out from the Creekside Village office and returned when finished.
- South Campus: Shower facilities on the South Campus are available in Clark Hall. Daily locker use is free to faculty, staff, students and recreation permit holders. Locks are provided with valid ID. There is currently a waiting list for long-term rentals.
Bicycle MaintenanceBicycle repair kits are available at the locations below:
- Goodyear Hall Area Office (South Campus)
- Parking and Transportation Services (Spaulding Quad, North Campus)
- Wellness Education Services (Student Union, North Campus)
- Joe Blow Air Pump
- Triple Spoke Wrench
- Puncture Repair Kit
- Folding Hex Set
- Tire Lever Set
Dero Fix-It Stands
Dero Fix-It stands are available to bicyclists 24/7 at Main Circle (SC) and outside of the Student Union (NC). View informational videos on how to use the fix-it stands for routine bicycle repairs.
FREE Winter Storage
UB Parking and Transportation Services is offering free winter storage for the 2015-2016 academic year as a method to help University members care for their bicycles and keep them in riding shape for the Spring. The storing of bikes will begin in mid-November. University members must have their bikes registered with UB Parking and Transportation Services in order to store their bike for the winter.
Register Your Bike
It is to your advantage to register your bicycle with Parking and Transportation Services! Bicycle registration is free! Register now and receive your UB Bicycle Stickers:
- A registered bicycle deters theft and aids in recovery/return if stolen.
- Owners of registered bicycles can be contacted in the event that their bicycle needs to be removed or was impounded. Bicycles may be impounded if they are impeding construction, vehicle or pedestrian traffic, or emergency vehicle access.
- Any clearly abandoned bicycle will be tagged with a written warning and impounded by the University after 30-days.
- Any impounded bicycle unclaimed after 15-days will be donated to charity.
- Bicycles locked to trees, signs or light poles will be tagged with a reminder to lock to the nearest bicycle rack.
- When locking your bicycle, a U-lock is recommended. Never lock bicycle by the front wheel only, include the frame and wheel within lock.
- Registering your bike in advance will allow you to store your bicycle over the winter for free and keep it out of the elements.
Bicycle safety tips, courtesy of bicyclinginfo.org :
- Always ride with traffic and follow the rules of the road. Forget what you might have heard in the past, you are better off riding with the flow of traffic, not against it. You are much more predictable and visible to motorists, especially at intersections and driveways. Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars, and use hand signals when turning and stopping. Obey traffic signs, signals, and lane markings and yield to traffic when appropriate, including pedestrians.
- Don't ride on the sidewalk. Although you might think it's a safer option, motorists are simply not looking for bicyclists on the sidewalk, especially those riding against traffic. So at every driveway and intersection, you are at much greater risk of being hit by a motorist than if you were riding on the road with traffic. Pedestrians will thank you for riding on the road as well.
- Ride on the trail, paved shoulder, bike lane, or bike route. But, you still need to follow the rules of the road and watch out for your fellow travelers. Ride to the right, signal your turns, obey traffic signs and signals.
- Be predictable and visible. Try not to be hesitant or do things that motorists and other travelers may not be expecting. Make sure everyone can see you and knows where you are and where you are going. If riding in the dark, use headlights, taillights and reflectors, and wear reflective materials and brightly colored clothing. Do not wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while bicycling.
- Watch for stuff on the road or trail that might make you fall or swerve. Rocks, trash, storm grates, wet leaves, potholes, gravel, railroad tracks, and even wet pavement markings can all send you flying. Also watch for parked cars, doors opening, and cars pulling in and out of driveways.
- Watch for turning traffic. Perhaps rather surprisingly, the crash data tells us that getting hit from behind is extremely unlikely. Most car/bike collisions happen at intersections and driveways when motorists or bicyclists are turning. So, at every intersection and driveway, keep a careful eye out for:
- Motorists turning right in front of you-you may be going faster than they think.
- Motorists turning left across your path - drivers are looking for gaps in traffic and may not be paying attention to anything other than other motor vehicles.
Additional Safety Bicycle Resources
Abandoned Bicycle Policy
- Bicycles appearing to be inoperative, dismantled or severely neglected with rusted or damaged parts shall be considered abandoned.
- All bicycles deemed to be "abandoned" will be tagged with an abandoned bicycle notice. This notice clearly states that the bicycle is considered abandoned and will be confiscated in 15 days unless the rightful owner contacts Parking and Transportation Services.
- After the 15 day notice period, if no rightful owner has come forward, the bicycle will be confiscated and held by University Police for 90 days. Information of the bicycle will be kept on record at Parking and Transportation Services.
- After the 90 day waiting period, if no rightful owner has come forward, the bicycle will become University property.
UB's program was recently awarded a Bronze Bicycle Friendly America Award from the League of American Bicyclists.
Bicycling at UB Brochure
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|Local Bike Shops|
Campus Wheel Works
Rick's Cycle Shop
Shickluna Bikes & Darts
Handlebars Cycle Company
Bert's Bikes and Fitness
Eastern Mountain Sports
- Smart Cycling Videos - League of American Bicyclists