Princeton University provides a wide array of bike paths and walk ways throughout the campus. Future improvements and expansions to Princeton’s bike/sidewalk network are included in the Campus Plan.
You can view Princeton University's bike map here. You can view the Princeton Community bike map here.
For more information and safety tips for biking on campus please visit the University Public Safety website. You can also download their convenient Bike Safety Pamphlet.
Princeton University Bike Policy
Princeton University encourages the use of bicycles as a convenient and sustainable form of transportation on campus. Unless otherwise noted, the regulations outlined here apply to all cyclists operating non-motorized bicycles.
Registration aids in the recovery of a bicycle that is lost or stolen, and it also facilitates enforcement of bicycle regulations. Bicycle registration is required for faculty, staff, and students who ride on the Princeton University campus.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR BIKE
Bike registration is free and must be renewed every five years. If you have additional questions you can view the FAQs. Additionally, cyclists may choose to register their bikes with the National Bike Registry for a $10.00 fee.*
* Please note that this is an optional service and does not substitute for registration with Transportation & Parking Services.
Steps to register a bicycle:
- Complete and submit the online Bike Registration Form. All fields must be filled out.
- After completing form, your decal will be mailed to your campus mailing address. If you do not receive your decal within 5 working days, please contact Transportation & Parking Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
If your bike has been lost or misplaced:
- Complete and submit the online Lost Bike Form
- After completing the form, Transportation & Parking Services will notify you of the status of your bicycle within 48 hours.
Princeton Station Bike Commuters
It is strongly encouraged that Princeton Station bike commuters register their bike with Princeton University’s Transportation & Parking Services. This aids the University in notifying commuters when a bike sweep at the train station will occur, as well as aid in the quick recovery of stolen bikes. The following form is for Princeton Station Bike Commuters ONLY:
PRINCETON STATION BIKE COMMUTER REGISTRATION
Princeton University promotes safe and responsible riding on campus. It is strongly encouraged that riders wear a helmet. When riding on campus, cyclists should obey all New Jersey state and local laws. Please familiarize yourself with these laws, as cyclists are granted the same rights and subject to all duties of motor vehicle drivers.
Bike Safety Recommendations
The following are recommendations for safe riding on and around the Princeton University campus.
Campus walkways and trails:
• Maintain a safe and reasonable speed at all times.
• Be considerate of pedestrians, as campus pathways are shared among pedestrians and cyclists.
• Remain alert at all times. Do not ride with headphones or while talking on a cell phone.
• Maintain your bicycle properly.
• Refer to the campus bike map for suggested bike-friendly routes.
• Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections. Walk your bike when campus traffic is congested. Pass with caution on the left and alert the people around you before doing so.
• Ride in the direction of traffic (“Bike to the right.”)
• Use hand signals before turning.
• Don’t stop in a driver’s blind spot.
• Wear bright and/or reflective clothing at all times. Use reflectors and reflective tape.
• Ride single-file and in a straight line. Don’t weave between cars.
• Use a mirror.
Bicycles are to be secured only to University-provided bicycle racks. The campus provides more than 3,600 spaces for bikes. You can view buildings with nearby bike rack locations here. For a list of campus bicycle rack locations, please click here. Bikes that are not parked in accordance with this policy will be confiscated by the University and owners may be subject to a fine.
• Bicycles shall not be secured to benches, light posts, trees, chain/post borders, handrails, or bus shelters.
• Bicycles shall not block (or be attached to) wheelchair ramps in any manner.
• Bicycles shall not be ridden indoors.
• Interior bicycle storage is permitted on a limited basis only. Bicycles are not permitted to be secured or locked to any interior railing, placed in a hallway, or allowed to impede a means of egress.
• Bicycles are permitted inside dorm rooms if they are placed so that they do not block or impede egresses. Hooks are available for students who wish to hang their bicycles in their rooms. To obtain hooks, students should contact the Facilities Customer Service Center at 8-8000. Requests are gathered during the first few weeks of classes, and the installations begin mid-October.
Fines will be charged to the registered bike owner. If the bike is unregistered, it will be confiscated by the University and considered unclaimed–all fees must be paid before the bike is released.
• First-time offenders: a $25 fee will be charged for the first violation of the parking regulations provided in the University Bike Policy.
• Multiple offenses: a $50 fee will be charged per offense for each subsequent violation of the parking regulations provided in the University Bike Policy.
Bike Lock Removal
As a service to university community members who have registered their bicycles, the Department of Facilities will provide assistance in removing bike locks for individuals who have lost their lock keys or combinations. This service is available at no charge. Proof of ownership is required prior to the removal of the lock. Please complete the bike lock removal form. Your bike must be registered with the University prior to removal of lock.
Please note: Bike locks are available for purchase for $30 at the Transportation and Parking office.
Princeton University will confiscate bicycles that are either abandoned or unclaimed.
A bike is considered abandoned if:
• It is not registered with the University
• Displays signs of significant neglect, such as flat or bent tires or missing parts
A bike is considered unclaimed if:
• Owner does not pick up his/her bike within 90 days of confiscation
• It fails to be claimed after summer storage drop off
If the bicycle is registered, the University will make its best efforts to contact the owner within the 90-day period. If the bicycle is not claimed at the end of the 90-day period, it will be donated, recycled, or otherwise discarded as the University deems appropriate. The University is not responsible for damaged locks when removing abandoned bikes.
No longer want your bike? Donate it!
• The Princeton Tour Company collects and repairs unwanted bikes and donates them to families in Africa. For more information, email email@example.com.
• Pedals4Progress is a NJ non-profit organization that donates unwanted bikes to partner organizations in 32 developing countries.
• Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County Bike Exchange is a non-profit organization that provides after-school care. Bike-related activities include teaching children how to repair and build bicycles.
At the end of the academic year, students who are not residing on campus for the summer must remove their bikes from Princeton University bike racks; otherwise, your bike will be confiscated.
The Moving & Storage Agency provides bike pick-up and storage for a fee of $50, with optional $5 insurance. For more information, please visit the Student Agencies page. In addition, please click here for local off-campus storage options.
If you believe your bike has been stolen, please contact the Department of Public Safety at (609) 258-1000.
The Cyclab is currently the University affiliated group for bike repair. Every week Thursdays 5pm – 9pm and Sundays 1pm – 5pm, volunteers are available to teach and assist everyone with bike repairs free of charge. We also accept donations of unwanted bikes. We do not, however, sell or rent bikes.
Bike Storage Lockers at the West Garage
Princeton University offers bike storage lockers in the West Garage that is located adjacent to the Princeton Station. The lockers consist of a mesh gated area located in the North West corner of the West Garage, providing storage for up to 20 bikes. Rental of lockers is available during the following periods:
- January 1 – May 31
- June 1 – August 31
- September 1 – December 31
Transportation & Parking Services assigns access and rents out the lockers. This program is open to ALL commuting members of the Princeton community. Lockers are not available to undergraduate or graduate students residing in University housing.
Click here to download the rental agreement form.
Princeton University Bike Sharing Program
Bike sharing is a convenient, healthy and sustainable transportation option available to students, faculty, staff and visitors who wish to rent a bike while
Members pay a one-time $20 fee, and through a smartphone app (iPhone/Android), can rent a bike from any of the locations listed below.
Rentals less than two hours are free, and after that, are $2 per hour
Campus Bike Share Locations:
- Princeton Station
- Firestone Library
- Forbes College
- Friend Center
- Frist Campus Center
- Lakeside Apartments
- Lawrence Apartments
- Alexander Hall
- Forrestal Campus (Plainsboro)
For more information and to apply for membership please visit www.zagster.com/princeton.