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.
UB has racks to support over 800 bicycles, located on its campuses.
Key locations include residence halls and apartments, Main Circle, Flint Loop, Student Union, and Putnam Way/Academic Spine.
Bicycles & Transit
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 .
Additionally, bicycles are permitted on the NFTA Metro Rail and over 50% of NFTA buses are equipped to carry bicycles!
- Bicycle Route Guide for Erie Niagara Counties
- Town of Amherst Bike Path Map - PDF
- How can I get to the North Campus by bicycle?
- How can I get to the South Campus by bicycle?
Bicycle parking is conveniently located across the North, South and Downtown Campuses. View the map to find a spot closest to your destination.
Clothes Lockers & Showers
All 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, a shower 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 repair kits are available at the below locations and the University Police Department is available for assistance in bicycle repair.
- UB Green Office (220 Winspear, South Campus)
- Parking & Transportation Services (Harriman Hall, South Campus)
- Parking & 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
Secure, long-term bicycle storage is available through Campus Dining & Shops (CDS).
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
|Local Bike Shops|
Campus Wheel Works
Rick's Cycle Shop
Shickluna Bikes & Darts
Handlebars Cycle Company
Bert's Bikes and Fitness
Eastern Mountain Sports