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 below.

Events / Announcements


Wednesday Night Rides!

Join the weekly rides every Wednesday during the summer.  Meet up at Klotsche Pavilion at 5:30PM.  For specifics each week, join the list serve.  Send request to Kate Nelson at to be added.

Bike Expo 2019

September 5th, 11AM-2PM in Spaights Plaza
Connect with Milwaukee with just a bike! UREC’s Outdoor Pursuits is partnering with the Office of Sustainability to connect students to their city using just a bike! At this event you can: – eat FREE food sponsored by the Office of Sustainability – bring your bike for a live FREE tune-up – discover local resources that encourage you to bike – find unique organizations around you – and so much more! For more information, see the facebook event.


UWM’s Bike Hub Study is endorsed by the Physical Environment Committee.  See the report here.  

Campus Resources

Bicycle Lockers Weather protected and secure lockers available through University Housing. Bicycle Racks Located throughout campus, most at major entrances to buildings. Air Filling Stations Available inside the Northwest Quadrant (NWQ) Garage, EMS Garage, Union Garage, and the Pavilion Garage. Bike Fix-it Station Located at Spaights Plaza, outside the Klotsche Pavilion (east side), and EMS building (southeast corner).
Shower Facilities AUP B90A/B90B LUB B22/B24 ENG B21/B25 MIT 334/372 NWQ 1561/1565


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. More information at MCTS page and Prowl Line page.

Bicycling & Equipment Information

Commuting Tips 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 can not be the best route by bike.
  • Wear a helmet. No trip is too short to not wear a helmet.
  • Dress appropriately for conditions. Be visible and ready for the ride.

Bike Maintenance

Bike Maintenance There are many bicycle shops in the surrounding UWM area to outfit the new or established commuter and provide maintenance and repairs to keep you on the rolling along, including:

Safety and Security

Secure your bike The best way to store a bicycle on campus is to utilize University 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 Milwaukee Public Library location, local Police Departments (including UWMPD), and UWM Transportation Services (Student Union WG25). Register online here. Please see Bicycle Registration for more details.

Bicycle Impoundment

Abandoned Bicycles

What is an “abandoned” bike? Bikes which are legally parked on all UWM property (Except for University Housing areas) are subject to removal if they meet the following criteria as abandoned. Criteria for assessing whether or not a bike is abandoned would have to meet two of these criteria.
  • Flat or missing tire(s) and wheel(s)
  • Extensive rust, particularly the bike chain
  • Missing seat, handle bars, front fork, or pedals
  • Dusty, covered in debris and/or cobwebs
Abandoned Bike Policy at UWM_Final

Bike Disposal

Impounded bicycles are held at UWM Surplus.  After remaining unclaimed for 30 days, they are then made available for sale, scrap, or donation.

Bike Planning at UWM

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.  In 2018, UWM undertook at “Bike Hub Study” to build a better strategy for bike parking and campus connectivity.  Read the report here.

Making UW-Milwaukee a Bicycle Friendly Campus

To Make UW—Milwaukee a Bicycle—Friendly Campus
  • Augment our safe & secure campus with complete streets for all.
  • 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.