Bicycling to any area of the UW-Milwaukee campus should be as simple and safe as possible for students, faculty, staff and visitors alike.
Biking to campus is an affordable alternative to get to campus that is also great for your health and the environment. Whether you need air for your tires, would like to find the best route, or even if you’d like to understand more about bicycle planning at UWM, you will find many answers to your bicycling needs.
Log your miles for UWM in the National Bike Challenge. Sign-up with UWM as your “Workplace”.
Weather protected and secure lockers available through University Housing.
Located throughout campus, most at major entrances to buildings.
Air filling stations
Available inside the North West Quad, EMS, Union and Pavillion parking structures.
Bike fix-it station
Located on the Spaights Plaza, outside the northeast Union entrance.
Campus Commuter Resources
Getting to and from campus with your bike does not necessarily require 100% pedal power. The Prowl Line and Milwaukee County Transit System buses are equipped with bike racks. Utilize these resources to shorten your bike commute to a manageable distance or when conditions reduce your safety.
With a little preparation, biking to campus year-round is not only possible, but even enjoyable. Follow these tips for a safe and stress free commute:
- Tune up your bike. Make sure it is in good working order.
- Find a good route. The route you take by car may not be the best route by bike.
- Find a bike commute partner using the UWM Bike Buddy feature on Zimride.
- Wear a helmet. No trip is too short to not wear a helmet.
- Dress appropriately for conditions. Be visible and ready for the ride.
Secure your bike
The best way to store a bicycle on campus is to utilize UWM Housing’s bicycle lockers located at Sandburg Hall.
The second best way to secure a bicycle on campus is to use a “U” lock. Learn the best ways to secure your bike with these tips from Bicycling Magazine.
Register your bike
It is optional to register a bicycle with the City of Milwaukee. Bike registration stickers can be picked up at any library or local Police Departments (including UWMPD). Register online here.
Bicycles must be parked in a bicycle rack. It is prohibited to bring a bicycle inside a building or to park and secure a bicycle to any other structure (such as a railing, tree, light pole, ect…) on campus. Bicycles that are in violation may be confiscated by the UWMPD and the owner could be subject to a fine. If the bicycle is not claimed after a total of 60 days, the bicycle will be disposed of or recycled.
For bicycles parked at a bicycle rack in the same stall for a period of 10 days, it will be considered abandoned and confiscated by the UWMPD. A notice will be placed on the bicycle indicating when the 10 day notice has started. After a total of 60 days, the bicycle will be disposed of or recycled.
UWM’s Bicycle Advisory Task Force, or BAT Force, was assembled as a cross-campus collaboration in the summer of 2012 in order to address making UWM a bicycle friendly campus. The efforts of the BAT Force recommendations have informed campus transportation planning, addressed UWM as a Best Place to Work, as well as simply making our existing and near future efforts more intentional and well communicated. Read the report.
To Make UW-Milwaukee a Bicycle-Friendly Campus
- Enhance the quality of life on campus.
- Attract students and employees to UWM.
- Reduce our environmental impact and fossil fuel consumption.
- Encourage health & wellness with our students, faculty, and staff
- Augment our safe & secure campus with complete streets for all.