Getting Started

Bicycling to SJSU

 

Getting started

 
Man on the bicycle image Bicycling can be a convenient and dependable form of transportation. It is also the transportation mode that you can get a work-out with. The Silicon Valley is an ideal place to commute by bicycling - with its mild weather and relatively flat topography.

Bicycling is ideal for trips about 3-miles or less. However, you can combine bicycling with transit for longer trips. All buses, light rail and regional rail that serve SJSU accommodate bicycles.
 

Find your route to SJSU

 
Interactive Santa Clara County Bikeways Map
Santa Clara County Bikeways Map - 2005 edition (Courtesy of VTA).
511 Bikemapper - Interactive Bay Area bicycle map
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition Maps

In addition, you can use the Trip Plan/Carpool Match form to request a safe bicycle route.

Other Bay Area counties:
• San Francisco - Bike map
• East Bay (western Alameda and Contra Costa counties, from Richmond to Fremont) - Bike map
 

About your bike

 

Whether your bike is new or old, its gears, chain, brakes and tires must be in good working order.

Your bike should be sized to fit your body proportions and should match your style of riding, your skill level and where you plan to ride. The equipment you need depends on the type of riding you plan to do, but a safety-rated helmet and a strong lock are essential.

If you want to buy a new bicycle, accessories or need to repair / tune up your existing bike, Bike Express with professional mechanics, friendly staff and student prices is the bike shop to visit around campus. They are located on East William St. (one block south of campus) between 3rd and 4th streets.

 

Where can you bike on campus?

 
According to the SJSU Presidential Directive 2007-06 , bicycles are allowed on most pathways except where appropiate dismount signs are posted, or when there's no clear path due to crowding. Bicyclists are expected to follow these "common courtesy" rules:

1. Always yield to pedestrians.

2. Drive at an appropriate speed according to existing conditions, not to exceed the campus speed limit for all vehicles of five (5) mph.

3. Drive in an appropriate manner that does not interfere with pedestrians or campus facilities vehicular traffic.

4. Walk vehicle when there is no clear path ahead, such as when a walkway is too crowded with pedestrians or other obstructions.

5. Do not ride in an acrobatic or stunting manner, i.e. activities causing one or more sets of wheels to leave the ground or other surfaces intended for pedestrian or vehicular travel.

6. Do not ride on stairs; ramps, railings, vegetation, benches, tables, planters, or other surface not intended for vehicular travel.

7. Do not ride inside University buildings.

8. Dismount and walk vehicle where appropriate signs are posted. Posted dismount areas will be in high pedestrian traffic areas with small or obstructed pathways.
 

Where can you park your bike at SJSU?

 
You can park your bike in any one of the six Bicycle Enclosures operated by Transportation Solutions for free, or in any open bike rack provided adjacent to most campus buildings. To park inside Bicycle Enclosures, sign up for an access key at the Transportation Solutions center. You will need to bring your SJSU Tower Card ID and $10 refundable deposit for the access key. Also, the make, model, color and serial number of your bike will be recorded on the rental application. The serial number is generally hacked under the frame. We can help you locate the serial number if you cant't find it.

Bike theft is widespread on campus, we strongly recommend that you park your bike inside Bicycle Enclosures and use a U-lock to secure it to the rack. Most the of bike thefts occur to bicycles with weaker cable locks.

It is illegal to lock bicycles to railings, benchs, poles, trees, tables, or park bikes anywhere that might block an exit to a building or office. The University Police will impound the bikes in violation.

The open bike racks are purchased by UPD Parking Services and maintained by SJSU Facilities Development and Operation .

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