Chicago is recognized nationally as a Bike Friendy Community, and UIC’s location puts it well within the city’s ever-expanding bike infrastructure. It’s easy to get to UIC by bike! Please clicks on the tabs above or the links below to learn more about:
Resources and Community- Bike rack & bike facilities maps, and other resources;
Divvy- maps, links, and special university discounts for Divvy!
Benefits of Biking- reasons why biking is a great incentive to commute to campus;
Gear- the basics of what to wear and buy you’ll need to bike around town, such as helmet types, clothing, and lighting;
Gratitude- thanks to all that helped make UIC a bike Friendly University!
Mapping and PlanningSpend a few minutes considering your route. Check with other UIC students and faculty on the I Bike UIC Facebook page or an app like MapMyRide for route suggestions. City of Chicago bike map UIC-area detail map User-recommended routes Bikes on transit Chicago Regional Biking Areas Cook County Bike Map U.S. Bike Routes Backroads International Bike Tours League of Illinois Bicyclists
Facilities on Campus
SHOWERS & LOCKERS
- On the east side campus, the Commuter Student Resource Center (CSRC) offers free locker rentals (rentals by the semester), showers, and a refrigerator where you can store your lunch.
- The Student Recreation Facility (SRF), also on the east side, is UIC’s state-of-the-art fitness center with showers, towel service, and free daily locker usage.
- If you prefer the west side, the Sport & Fitness Center (SFC) also offers showers, towel service and free daily locker usage. Both SRF and SFC offer the ability to rent a semi-permanent locker (semester-long use) for a small fee.
- Bring your Helmet to any UIC Recreation Center, and they will give you 30 minutes to clean up in the locker room!
BICYCLE REPAIR KITS AND PUMP LOCATIONS
If you find yourself with low tire pressure, stop by one of the following locations to borrow a Bike Pump, Repair Kit, or Use a Fix-It Station! See the Maps in the Facilities Category for locations!
Locations: Lower Level of PSR, West Area Office 2nd Floor CMS, East Area Office 2nd Floor JST, Front Desk
Available Tools: Bike Repair Kit
SCE, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted Street, 312-413-5100 Go 1st floor Building Manager’s service window to rent Repair Kit and Bike Pump (Bring your ICard)
Location of Fix-It Stations: SCE, outside, left side of front entrance from Halsted Street side (has a built in bicycle pump) SCE, outside, left side of front entrance from campus side Available Tools: Portable Air Pump Bike Tool Kit Rags/Towels for Cleanup
SRF, Student Recreation Facility, 737 S. Halsted Street, 312-413-5150 (Must swipe Icard to gain entrance to building for paying members and current students)
Location of Tool Rental: 1st Floor Equipment Desk Available Tools: Bike Tool Kit
SCW, Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Avenue, 312-413-5200 Go 1st floor Building Manager’s service window to rent Repair Kit and Bike Pump (Bring your ICard)
Location of Tool Rental: 1st floor Building Manager’s service window Available Tools: Portable Air Pump Bike Tool Kit
Bike RacksThere are over 800 outdoor bike parking spaces at UIC. You can be sure you can find a place close to your class to park your bike. See the Maps in the Facilities Category for locations!
I Bike UIC
Other Campuses' Biking Communities
Citywide Biking Communities and SitesWant to join a group outside of campus? These are some great biking groups across Chicago. Maybe there is a meeting or ride near you! THE CHAINLINK ONLINE BIKING COMMUNITY BIKECHICAGO.INFO CHICAGO VELO: BIKING IN CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOODS CHICAGO CYCLING CLUB WOMEN BIKE CHICAGO RED BIKE & GREEN CHICAGO CRITICAL MASS LEAGUE OF ILLINOIS BICYCLISTS
Urban BicyclingBiking is actually really safe if done properly. Check out Gear and Safety (Top Menu) For some great tips! The two most important things you can do to prevent getting into a bike crash are to be visible and predictable. The more the other traffic can see you and predict what you’re going to do next, the easier and safer your commute will be. According to the Active Transportation Alliance, motorists do not usually strike bicyclists from behind. The majority of accidents happen on off-street paths where pedestrians, roller-bladers, pets and children are present in higher numbers. With that said, it’s still important to follow traffic and obey the same laws as motorists while you ride. Active Trans offers some great tips on how to bike through traffic!
CHICAGO’S NEW BIKE SHARE SYSTEM
Divvy is a new transit system that offers Chicagoans and visitors more options for getting around the city. Here is how you can get a discounted Annual Membership that gives you access to thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations across the city. Thanks in part to the Green Fee, the first 500 students to sign up are guaranteed the $20 discount!
- Purchase an Annual Membership at DivvyBikes.com.
- To receive your discounted Annual Membership, please submit the form at sustainability.uic.edu/divvydiscount and we will email you a gift certificate code to use at DivvyBikes.com/signup at checkout (within 2 working days). This will bring the original $75 cost down to $55 for students and $65 for faculty/staff.
To use a Divvy bike, simply dip your key into a dock with an available bike at any Divvy station. Station locations can be seen at DivvyBikes.com/stations. Divvy currently has hundreds of stations and will have 400 by early 2014.
Commute to work. Run errands. Meet a friend. Take out a bike as many times as you’d like—the first 30 minutes of every ride are included in the cost of Annual Membership. Incremental fees are incurred for trips longer than 30 minutes. More at DivvyBikes.com/pricing.
At the end of your trip, return your bike to any Divvy station. The light will blink green when your bike is securely docked.
THE BENEFITS OF BIKING
- It is sustainable! It reduces pollution and congestion in the city.
- It is fast! No more waiting for CTA or sitting in traffic.
- Biking is inexpensive – there’s no gas, parking, or insurance to purchase!
- It keeps you in shape! Get your workout & burn calories while you commute.
- It improves memory! There are so many articles like this one and this one describing the neuronal benefits of cycling and aeorbic exercise!
- It is FUN! If you don’t own a bike, there are many Divvy stations around campus and throughout Chicago. To sign up for a membership, visit divvybikes.com
- Don’t Get Jacked! Increase your chances of not getting your stolen bike back by registering your bike with the UIC Campus Police and the Chicago Police Department. Better yet, learn how to properly secure your bike to minimize theft risk. Read through the Bike Quiz to test your Knowledge and then take the Illinois Bicycle Safety Quiz to prove you are a cycling master!
Read the City of Chicago Bicycle Crash Report for more information on crash incidences and statistics related to crashes in Chicago. Knowing about high risk situations could help you be a safer biker!
IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH:
If you are in a crash anywhere, you can always call 911. If you are on campus, contact the UIC Police from any red phone or by calling 312-355-5555.
- Remain calm and non-confrontational.
- Get the driver’s insurance information, license plate number, address and phone number.
- Get the name and contact information from any witnesses.
- File a formal police report.
- Get the necessary medical treatment.
- Take pictures of the accident scene, your injuries, your bike and the other vehicle.
- Have your bike inspected by a bike shop.
- Get crash support from Active Trans.
- So you want to bike to school. Well first, you need to Gear Up! There are a few things that are absolutely necessary for safety, and other things you may want to get for comfort.
Gear, Clothing, Safety
You don’t need much to start: a bicycle, helmet, a lock and lights for evening riding. While you do not need special clothing to ride, there are some things you may want to keep in mind:
- If your pants have wide legs, roll up your pants or use a pant-leg band to prevent your pants from catching in the chain.
- Avoid riding while wearing long skirts or clothing with trailing/loose fabric – this will prevent clothing from being caught in the spokes.
- If you are carrying a backpack, remember to tuck in any loose straps for the same reason.
- Your body is a remarkable heat machine. It will heat up quickly after only a few minutes of riding. You may find that wearing layers that you can remove or dressing a few degrees cooler than the outside temperature will help keep you comfortable. Clothing that wicks away moisture also helps.
- Most importantly, flat-soled, closed-toed shoes will keep your feet protected.The Active Transportation Alliance makes a great how-to guide for biking around town!
BicycleIf you’re going to bike to school, you need a bike! How do you find the best bike for you in your price range? Visit a bike shop! Check out the shops near UIC. While you may not find the cheapest bike ever, what you pay for at a shop is a quality bike assembled by certified mechanics, follow up service, and great customer service. You may even get a discount by presenting your I-Card!
Lock and CableSecure your bike each time you leave it using a U-shaped lock. It only takes a minute for thieves to steal a bike. Expect to spend around 60 dollars on a good lock if you want a good investment to keep your bike safe. Look for double deadbolt locking mechanisms and get a cable too! The UIC Bookstore Sells these.
Wish List: Items to Increase Comfort, Convenience, Safety
Bike ClothesClothes made of technical material can wick away sweat for a more comfortable ride. Shorts with a chamois lining prevent chafing and keep you from getting a sore bum. Bright colors can keep you visible in low light. There are many options for bike clothing so you don’t have to dress in all spandex, unless you want to.
- Progress towards a more bike-friendly community at UIC would not be possible without the help of the following students who supported the Office of Sustainability’s bike initiatives through volunteer work, internships, and course projects. Thanks!
Urban & Public Affairs Green Fee project, GIS class project
Felicia Clay Urban & Public Affairs Capstone team, Map Your Route project
Dan Stefiuk MUPP Secure Bike Parking Master’s project