UBC is committed to supporting cyclists and is continuously upgrading and expanding on-road infrastructure, cycling resources and end-of-trip facilities for our campus community. Here is a quick rundown of everything you need to know about biking at UBC.
Knowing the best way to, from and around campus can make your ride even better. Check out a few popular cycling maps below.
Slow Cycling Zones on Campus
UBC’s pedestrian priority zone within the campus core is a slow cycling zone. This slow zone includes Main Mall, Memorial Road, Agricultural Road and University Boulevard. If you want to cycle faster, use roads like East Mall, West Mall, and Agronomy Rd. Check out all the slow zones.
In the slow zone, take care to bike slow, dismount in crowds, and use your bell.
New wayfinding signage for cyclists aims to point out faster routes for travelling across the UBC Vancouver campus that avoid the congested pedestrian areas on campus.
In a 2017 survey, only 57% of cyclists reported that UBC is easy to navigate (compared to 79% of pedestrians). With this information in hand, Campus + Community Planning created new cyclist-specific wayfinding signage to give cyclists the information they need to choose faster routes on campus and focus on the road.
The signage was developed in collaboration with the AMS Bike Kitchen, Building Operations, Brand and Marketing, and faculty members from UBC Psychology and the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning.
Nine of the most popular on-campus landmarks are highlighted on the UBC cycling map including the Arts and Culture District, Ponderosa Commons and Thunderbird Park. Distances to these landmarks are calculated using the campus cycling network. The destinations on the signs are ordered by distance, with the closest one on top.
You don’t need to own a bike to cycle on campus. Learn about the HOPR campus bike share here.
Other Cycling Resources
There are many resources on campus to help you maintain your bike, as well as general tips and rules of the road.
Bike Lockers and Bike Cages
Keep your bike safe on campus by storing it in a bike locker or a shared bike cage. Avoid parking in places that restrict pedestrian movement, access to buildings, or by fire hydrants—as your bike might be removed.
When your bike needs a check-up, you can stop by the Bike Kitchen and learn to fix your own bike, or have the experts take a look. You can also stop by a Community Bike Clinic where you can get free repairs and maintenance information.
Go By Bike Week
Staff, faculty, and students regularly participate in Go By Bike Week, a Metro Vancouver-wide event held in the spring and fall. The event is open to everyone and there’s prizes to participate!