Bike to SJSU

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Bicycling can be a convenient and dependable form of transportation. Silicon Valley is an ideal place for bicycling, with its mild weather and relatively flat topography.

To find the best biking route to campus visit Santa Clara County Bikeways or 511's Bikemapper.

To learn everything you need to know about biking to SJSU, see our Bike to SJSU brochure [pdf]

Cycling on Campus

According to the SJSU Presidential Directive 2007-06 [pdf], bicycles are allowed on most pathways except where appropriate dismount signs are posted or when there's no clear path due to crowding. Bicyclists are expected to follow these "common courtesy" rules: 

  1. Always yield to pedestrians.  
  2. Drive at an appropriate speed according to existing conditions, not to exceed the campus speed limit for all vehicles of five (5) mph.
  3. Drive in an appropriate manner that does not interfere with pedestrians or campus facilities vehicular traffic.
  4. Walk your vehicle when there is no clear path ahead, such as when a walkway is too crowded with pedestrians or other obstructions.
  5. Do not ride in an acrobatic or stunting manner, i.e. activities causing one or more sets of wheels to leave the ground or other surfaces intended for pedestrian or vehicular travel.  
  6. Do not ride on stairs; ramps, railings, vegetation, benches, tables, planters, or other surfaces not intended for vehicular travel.
  7. Do not ride inside University buildings.
  8. Dismount and walk vehicle where appropriate signs are posted. Posted dismount areas will be in high pedestrian traffic areas with small or obstructed pathways.

Bicycle Parking on Campus

You can park your bike at any of the open bike racks. The open racks are purchased by UPD Parking Services and maintained by SJSU Facilities Development and Operation (FD&O).

For additional security, you can park your bike at any of the six on campus Bicycle Enclosures managed by AS Transportation Solutions. There are Bike lockers within the enclosures that are also available to rent. Bike parking is for daily use. Over night parking or long term storage is not reccommended. Visit our bicycle enclosure page for information on how to get an access key.

Note: It is illegal to lock bicycles to the bike enclosure fence, railings, benches, poles, trees, tables, or park bikes anywhere that might block an entrance/ exit to a building, office, or area. The University Police will impound the bikes in violation.

Although the Bicycle Enclosures at SJSU provide an additional layer of security, bicycle owners are responsible for appropriately securing their bike inside the enclosures. Lock your bicycle using a solid U-lock. Most bike thefts occur on bicycles with weaker cable locks. Watch this video to learn how to properly lock your bike using a U-Lock.

Bikes on Transit

Each transit provider has different equipment and loading procedures that dictate what service will be offered for bicycle storage. Check your public transit provider for the bicycle services that fit your trip before making your commute.

Shower Facilities for Bicycle Commuters

For bike commuters who are looking for showers, students have free access to the Spartan Recreation and Aquatic Center (SRAC) and all faculty, staff, and students can utilize the showers and lockers in the Kinesiology department in Spartan Complex (SPX 128) which are open during regular business hours. Faculty and staff can pay to access the SRAC. For more information about SRAC rates, vist their website

General Bicycle and Safety Resources 

Biking for Beginners

A Smart Guide for Every Beginner Cyclist

Top Cycling Tips for Beginners

Safety

The Ultimate Bicycle Safety Guide

Bike Safety (by 511.org)

How to not get hit by cars (by bicyclesafe.com)

Bicycling Street Smart

How You Can Ride Better (League of American Bicyclists)

Securing Your Bike

Bicycle Security and Locking

Bicycle Maintenance & Repair Shops Near Campus

Bike Express

Good Karma Bikes

San Jose Bike Clinic

Additional Resources

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition Resources

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition Eventbrite

Bicycle Safety Tips from Department of Motor Vehicles

Tips for Better and Safe Bicycle Rides

California Bicycle Laws