Cycling around Campus

About 80 percent of CSU employees live in Fort Collins, which has achieved the Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists.  Colorado State University has also received the Platinum Bicycle Friendly University designation.

CSU is served across the city by numerous low-stress bike routes, trails, and bike lanes that provide efficient access to the campus core. Bicycle commuting can be a significant addition to your weekly fitness regime while allowing you to save money on fueling, insuring, and parking your personal vehicle.

Try bicycling to campus today and take the stress of driving out of your daily commute. Visit our detailed bicycle commuting page for bike maps, safety information, and training. For more information and assistance please contact the CSU transportation team at 970-491-7041 or via email.

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Get Back on the Bike and Bike Buddy Programs

Are you interested in bicycle commuting, but have concerns that prevent you from pedaling to work? If so, the annual Get Back on the Bike program was designed to help provide support for your bicycle commute through training, equipment, and ongoing encouragement across the nine months of the academic year. Two employee testimonial videos about the success of the Get Back on the Bike program can be viewed below. Read an employee testimonial about the program here, employee Get Back on the Bike testimonial. For more information please contact the CSU transportation team at 970-491-7041 or via email.

Get Back on the Bike is accepting applications now for the 2024-25 cohort.
If you are interested in participating in the Get Back on the Bike program, please complete this short survey. We have a limited number of people who can join this program.  For additional information, contact Nate Vander Broek at (970) 491-6737 or

Similarly, Parking and Transportation Services at CSU and the City of Fort Collins have teamed up to offer bicycle outreach and educational courses across both CSU and City audiences. One successful program to encourage bicycle commuting has been the Bike Buddy program. This program uses City or CSU staff to meet an interested but concerned bicyclist at their house for educational outreach and a pedal into work together. Through this direct one-on-one approach, we can answer any question big, small, or embarrassing, while helping the participant understand their unique commute. To request a Bike Buddy please click here Bike Buddy Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find a safe route to campus?

The bicycle commuter should select a route that matches his or her level of comfort on the bike.  To get started, study city and campus trails. The City of Fort Collins has uploaded all bike routes and trails into Google Maps (use this tutorial to map your route).  CSU and Fort Collins provide a downloadable bike map. Learn more about the differences between riding on campus vs off campus.  Consider scheduling a personalized travel training by Parking and Transportation staff by calling 970-491-7041.

Remember, all bicycles on campus need to be registered. Registration is an easy process, and the form is available online.

Bicycle commuters celebrate Bike to Work Day at breakfast station on the Colorado State University Oval, June 25, 2014.

Can I park my bike inside my office or classroom building?

Parking a bike inside of a campus building is not permitted, per university policy. Safety concerns and university liability and efforts to minimize the cost of building maintenance require that bikes (and all other wheeled conveyances) be prohibited from the interior spaces of campus buildings. Wheeled conveyances are defined as motor vehicles, skateboards, roller blades, roller skates, or similar appliances. Wheelchairs or other means of mobility for individuals with a disability are not included in the definition. Small items such as skateboards or roller blades may be carried into the buildings. Bicycles or bikes are prohibited in buildings.

CSU now offers a keycard-accessible Covered Bicycle Shelter Parking at the University Max Station and Lake Street Garage, perfect for leaving your bicycle overnight, or connecting to transit. Permits for the shelter are available for purchase for CSU students and employees. Learn more at our bicycle shelter parking page or by calling 970-491-7041.

Can I purchase a parking permit for the days I can’t bike to work?

Yes, Parking and Transportation Services provides a couple options for bicycle commuters:

  • Monthly permit: An employee can purchase a parking permit by month, including for just the winter months.
  • 10-Packs: A 10-pack of daily hangtag permits may be purchased for use on days when a commuter needs to drive and park on campus.

Where can I purchase a bike on campus?

Surplus Property is the reuse, resale, and recycle point for all assets owned by Colorado State University.  New items are received daily and inventory is constantly changing.  This is a great place to purchase a gently used bicycle at a reasonable price.  Click here to visit the Surplus Property website.

Where can I get help with bicycle maintenance?

The Spoke is Colorado State University’s on-campus bicycling maintenance and educational training center servicing our University students, faculty, and staff. Check out the overview video of the Spoke below and click here to visit their website.

The Spoke On Campus Bike Repair