Bike to SJSU

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

Santa Clara County Bikeways Map
511 Bikemapper - Interactive Bay Area bicycle 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.


Fixit stations for urgent bicycle repairs


The 3 Fixit stations on campus are located on 7th Street Plaza (El Paseo de Cesar E. Chavez) south-west corner of Engineering building, on San Carlos Plaza: Spartan Complex Breezeway and the Event Center next to Bicyle Enclosure.

The Fixit includes all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. The tools and air pump are securely attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments.

  Bike Fixit image

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 the bike enclosure fence, railings, benchs, poles, trees, tables, or park bikes anywhere that might block an entrance/ exit to a building, office, or an area. 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 (FD&O).

Shower facilities for bicycle commuters at SJSU

For bike commuters who are looking for showers, students have free access to the Student Union Sport Club in the Event Center and all faculty, staff, and students can utilize the showers and lockers in the Kinesiology department in Spartan Complex (SPX 128) which are open during regular business hours.  
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