Biking at UNC





Bike Registration

UNC students, faculty and staff are required to register their bikes so that police can help find the owners of lost / stolen bicycles. Permits are free and last for 5 years. A coupon for 50% off a U-lock from Student Stores is included with the bicycle permit.

Bicycle registration can be completed online or at the Public Safety building, and a permit will be mailed to the applicant's address. Bicycle permits should be adhered to the bicycle seat frame tube, approximately four inches below the seat (click here to view decal location).

Commuter Alternative Program (CAP)

If you live off campus and will not be purchasing an on-campus parking permit, please register for the Commuter Alternative Program (CAP)! It's free, and members receive several benefits and perks!

Bike Racks

UNC has lots of bike racks around campus. Click here to download a PDF map of bike rack locations. If there is an area that could benefit from placement of bike racks or additional bike racks, please fill out the bike rack request form.

Interactive Map

Explore the interactive bike map to easily find bike racks, showers, bike lanes and the bike pump location.


Map My Ride to Work

UNC is developing a new map for cyclists commuting to campus! Click here for a list of instructions to help create this map. The map of current routes is below.

(Click to see map in new window)


Cycling Equipment

  • Bicycle Helmet.  Get one and then wear it!  Look for either an “ANSI Approved” or “Snell Approved” sticker when you purchase a helmet.  ANSI and Snell approved helmets have been crash tested.
  • Wear bright clothing to increase visibility, even when bicycling in broad daylight.
  • Avoid cycling at night.  If unavoidable, equip your bike with a front lamp visible from 300 feet and a rear reflector visible from 200 feet.
  • Equip your bicycle with a horn, bell, or other audible pedestrian alert system to warn pedestrians as you approach on a bicycle.  Remember, pedestrians have the right of way on pathways and roadways.
  • Use a backpack or bicycle bag to carry books and other cumbersome items.  Carrying such items in bicycle baskets attached to front handle bars can make the bike harder to navigate in traffic.

Safe Cycling Reminders

  • Follow motorized vehicle regulations on roads and, especially, near intersections.  Obey all traffic signals, including stop and yield signs and one-way directional signs.
  • Avoid excessive bicycle speed where your line of sight is limited or where there are pedestrians.
  • Allow additional stopping distance when braking in wet weather conditions.
  • Ride single file when riding in a group.
  • Be Alert!  Keep an eye out for road hazards or potential problems.  Keep your ears open to traffic sounds.
  • When on roadways, ride to the right of traffic.  When making a left turn across traffic lanes, signal and change lanes well in advance of the turn.  Don’t assume traffic can see you.
  • Don’t double up.  Ride only as many passengers on the bike as it was meant to carry.
  • Most car/bike incidents occur at driveway/road or driveway/sidewalk intersections.  Be alert when approaching driveways.

Bicycle Maintenance

  • Tighten the seat so that it will not slip.
  • Replace tires that are worn and make sure air pressure is correct.  If tire pressure is soft to the touch, the tires need more air pressure.
  • Test brakes often and keep them in top condition.
  • Lightly oil the bicycle chain at least once a month.
  • Replace all broken spokes on wheels.  Missing spokes will cause wheels to wobble.  Make sure to adjust spoke tension evenly.
  • Keep derailleur tension adjusted to assure smooth and proper gear shifting.



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