Use WashU Rides, our one-stop source for your commute planning needs, to find your best bike routes to campus, identify dedicated bike paths/lanes, form a bike pool with other WashU commuters and so much more!
Campus Bike Policy
WashU’s bike policy includes rules on the safe operation of bikes, outlines proper bike parking and requires anyone bringing a bike to campus to register it for free with Parking & Transportation Services.
Register Your Bike For Free!
If you are a Danforth student, faculty or staff member who will park your bike on campus, it’s mandatory to register your bike with WashU and clearly display the registration shield on your bike.
Displaying a registration shield helps protect your bike from theft and facilitates the recovery of lost or stolen bikes. It also allows WashU to contact the owners of bikes that were impounded due to improper parking, like blocking pedestrian access.
The registration process is fast, easy and mobile-friendly!
- Visit Project529.com/washu (must include /washu) to register important details about your bike and select your delivery option. Due to Covid-19, we have suspended in-person pick-up options. Instead, you can have it sent through WashU campus mail to your MSC/CB or to your home address via USPS. You should receive it within 3 weeks.
- Once you get your registration sticker, complete your registration:
– Log into your 529 Garage account at project529.com or on the 529 Garage app to link your registration sticker to your account. Under “Your Garage”, click “Edit Bike” and scroll down to enter the 7-digit Shield ID found on the sticker.
– Carefully attach the sticker to your bike frame’s top tube or down tube in a visible manner. Once attached, the sticker cannot be removed without being destroyed.
Managing Your Registration & Reporting a Missing/Stolen Bike: Visit project529.com or use the 529 Garage app to edit your bike information, mark it missing/stolen to alert other users, transfer your bike’s registration to a new owner, and so much more.
If your bike is missing/stolen, file a police report and start an alert in your 529 Garage account. If you issue an alert, you can print or email your saved bike information directly to an officer or insurance agent. If it was stolen from campus, report it to WUPD (314-935-5555). If it was stolen somewhere off campus, report it to the appropriate police department.
Proper Bike Parking
- Always park upright at a bike rack. Parking at and/or locking to railings, ramps, trees, benches, or anywhere that blocks pedestrian access is prohibited.
- Secure your bike to a bike rack with a sturdy U-Lock, not a cable lock that can be easily cut.
- Bike racks are for daily commuters only. Those parked for more than two weeks without moving will be removed to make space for others. Only individuals living on campus can park for more than two weeks at a bike rack near their residence hall.
- Keep a three foot distance from pedestrians, and walk your bicycle when paths are crowded.
- Yield to pedestrians; they have the right-of-way.
- Keep right and pass on the left. Give an audible signal before passing, such as “to your left” or ringing a bike bell.
- Obey all traffic laws, signs and lights that apply to drivers.
- Gear up for your own safety. Helmet, lights and reflectors are a must-have when riding on streets! It’s the law that you must use lights and reflective materials from dusk to dawn (white front light, red back light/reflector and reflective material/lights visible from each side of the bike).
- Don’t use earbuds/headphones in both ears so you can hear any warnings/dangers.
WashU Amenities and Resources
- DISCOUNTED SAFETY GEAR for Danforth students, faculty and staff:
– Buy a high-quality $25 Kryptonite U-Lock from the WashU Police Department.
– Purchase a $15 bike helmet from Bears Bikes on the South 40.
- Keep an eye out for free bike tune-ups and commuter fairs offered by Parking & Transportation and the Office of Sustainability.
- WashU’s Active Commuter Hub, located on the East End, offers members a place to shower, change, store their commute clothes and get ready for the day.
- Bears Bikes, located on the South 40, is a WashU student owned and operated company that offers bike rentals, repairs and storage.
- There are Self Tune-Up Stations located across Danforth that include the tools needed to preform basic bike repairs and maintenance. You can review instructions for using the stations in the Bicycle Repair Quick Guide or refer to the instructions attached to the station.
Regional Resources & Biking Tips
- The The League of American Bicyclists offers great tips and instructional videos:
- Smart Cycling Videos
- Tips & Resources
- City of St. Louis interactive bike map with street routes and greenway projects
- Great Rivers Greenway
- East-West Gateway Council of Governments
- Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation’s Skills and Safety
- Go multimodal and bike and ride on a MetroBus or MetroLink train!