Biking on campus
IU Bloomington is a scenic, bike-friendly campus, and riding a bike is one of the best ways to get around. It's often quicker than driving a car and offers a unique opportunity to experience the campus and the surrounding area.
If you choose to ride a bike, remember that your bike is considered a vehicle. You're responsible for learning and obeying the rules that apply to you as a cyclist.
For additional security of your bicycle, it is recommended cyclists use U-locks or kryptonite chains for securing your bike to a bike rack.
IU employees and students who park a bike on campus are required to register their bike with Parking Operations and display a valid Bicycle permit.
How do I buy a permit and register my bike?
There are two ways to buy a bike permit and register your bicycle:
- You may buy your permit online through the IU Parking Portal and then email your bike's serial number to Parking Operations at .
- You may register your bike and buy your permit in person at the Parking Operations office.
Bike registration costs $10.00 and covers the cost of the permit—it is a one-time fee for the bike that is registered. If you want to park a different bike on campus, you will need to register it separately.
Employees who opt to only purchase a Bike Permit are eligible for Hoosier Commuter Club.
What are the benefits of registering my bike?
A bicycle can be a major investment, so it's important to protect it by registering your bike with Parking Operations as soon as possible.
Registering your bike can:
- prevent ticketing and impoundment
- help recover your bicycle if lost or stolen
- identify you in case of an accident
Bicycle registration fees go toward improving bike facilities on the IU Bloomington campus.
How do I display my bike permit?
To display your bike permit, simply affix the permit to the frame or front fender of your bike. Do not use magnets, string, tape, or other materials to attach the permit.
Cycling events in Bloomington
With a thriving cycling community, Bloomington is home to many annual bicycling events, including:
Held every April, the Little 500 is the biggest intramural event on the IU Bloomington campus and the largest collegiate bike race in the United States. Proceeds from this legendary bike race go toward student scholarships at IU.
This classic bicycling event, covering 100 miles of challenging terrain over two days, is designed for the touring bicyclist. Over 4,000 cyclists from more than 40 states and several countries participate each year.
Bike dealers and resources
There are several bike shops in Bloomington:*
- Best Bicycle Inc.
- Bicycle Garage, Inc.
- Bloomington Community Bike Project
- Revolution Bike & Bean
- Salt Creek Cycles
Other cycling resources include:*
- Bloomington Bicycle Club
- Bloomington biking trails (including the B-Line Trail and Clear Creek Trail)
- City of Bloomington bike resources
- Central Indiana Bicycling Association
- Indiana Bicycling Coalition
- Indiana state bicycling laws
- IU Bloomington Campus Map
- Wapehani Mountain Bike Park
- Pedego Bloomington
- Bicycle Doctor
Looking to buy a bike?
Visit IU Surplus to find great deals on used bicycles and parts. Open to the public Mon. - Fri. 12-5:30 p.m., open late Wed. until 7:30 p.m. Follow IU Surplus on social media to view regular inventory updates.
Need to fix your bike?
If you're on campus and need to fix your bike, there are repair kits are available in all five IU Bloomington parking garages. See the booth attendant for assistance.
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