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Biking is another available option to get around campus.  Biking is not only good for your health, but also can save you money on transportation expenses.


Precautions to Take Before Riding

-Thoroughly check brakes and tire pressure.

-Be sure to wear a reliable, secure helmet.

-If you want to avoid damaging your clothes – especially for work – you may want to carry your school or work outfit in a backpack and bike in athletic clothing.

-Make sure all shoelaces, backpack straps, scarves and other dangling items are secured and will not get caught in the spokes or gears of your bike.

Biking Directions to Off Campus Sites

Click the link to access biking directions to off-campus sites, including the School of Public Health and School of Continuing Education.  

Biking Directions


-Bike racks are available near almost every on-campus building.  Be sure to park your bike on a rack to avoid fines and obstructing traffic. 

-If you live off-campus, it is best to keep your bike secured in an indoor location, such as a basement or private garage. 

-If you must keep your bike outside while off-campus, be sure it is properly secured to a sturdy fence or post. 

-To protect the environment, avoid locking your bike to trees and other plants.


Cycle-Safe bike lockers are secure, weatherproof, and are available to resident of University Housing.  For more information on lockers, click here.



-No matter how short the trip, wear a reliable, secure helment to avoid serious injury or even death.

-Bicyclists are strongly encouraged to wear bright colors, reflective clothing, and have lights and reflectors attached to their bikes.

Traffic Procedures

-It is important to understand that drivers, walkers, and other bicyclists can behave unpredictably or go against traffic laws.  Be constantly alert and thoroughly search your surroundings, especially before crossing intersections or turning.

-As a bicyclist, you are also expected to obey all traffic laws.  Signal properly and obey all signs to avoid an accident or traffic violation ticket.

-Keep a close look out for potential hazards along your path, such as loose gravel, glass, or uneven roadways.

-Avoid hitting drivers by leaving them plenty of room in case they merge in front of you or open their car doors suddenly.


Bicycles are a popular target for thieves, and college campus areas are full of bikes.  To learn more about bike safety, click here.


-The UWM Police Department collects abandoned bicycles

-The police first "tag" the bicycle with a notice saying that the owner of a suspected abandoned bicycle has 10 days from the date of the notice to remove the bicycle from the location.

-If the tag has not been removed and the bicycle remains in the same location, the police remove it and bring it back to the UWM Police Department.

-If you have any questions please contact the UWM Police Department Non-Emergency line at (414) 229-4627.


-It is Milwaukee law that all bicycles owner obtain a license from the city, affix a license sticker to the bicycle frame, and have the bicycle properly registered.

-Visit the nearest Milwaukee Police Department District station or any Milwaukee Public Library to pick up a bicycle license sticker, or order one by mail from the city License Division

-Licenses must be activated online at under the "Bicycle Registration" link.

-Registration is free and is valid as long as the bicycle is owned by the person whose name the license is under.

Biking Resources

UBike Program

Every semeseter the Adventure Center offers 75 bikes to UWM students to use for free.  For more information, click here.



-Showers are available on the third floor of Mitchell Hall in the men and woman's locker rooms.

-The women's area is located in rooms 336 and 340.

-The men's area is located in rooms 372.

-Anyone may use them whenever the building is open.  Building hours are set at the University level and change by semester.

-Each locker room has a shared open shower space with multiple shower heads, as well as an enclosed single shower stall.

-Faculty/staff may have lockers on a permanent, ongoing basis.  Check-out forms must be completed in the Dance Office, located in Mitchell Hall room 345.


Winter Biking


Tips on Attire

-Always dress in layers.  In winter, it is better to have the option of removing layers rather than to underdress and be uncomfortable, or potentially suffer frostbite or illness.

-Avoid wearing cotton where possible, atleast when it comes to outer layers that could get wet.


Other Riding Tips

-Have tires with good traction, such as studded mountain bike tires.

-It is convenient to own a lock deicer, spare tire and/or patch kit, and fender that can prevent snow, mud, and salt from getting kicked up by your wheels.

-Thoroughly check for rust and test your brakes before each trip.

-Eat and drink more than you think you will need to before and after biking.  The dry air of winter causes dehydration easily, and biking int he winter burns a lot of energy.