Bicycle Parking

UBC offers 13 free bike cages and 200 secure bike parking spaces in bike lockers located across campus. Additionally, UBC’s Vancouver campus has over 9,000 high-quality outdoor bike parking spaces.

Bike Lockers

These facilities offer you additional security by providing you a personal, covered and secure enclosure for storing your bicycle. UBC’s bike lockers are for UBC staff, students and faculty. However, at this time there are no vacancies. Please check back in July for more information about requesting access to a bike locker.

Locations

Map of UBC Vancouver's Bike Storages
Bike Lockers Map

Bike Cages

UBC offers a number of secure bike cages across campus. These facilities offer additional security by providing covered bike racks within a secure enclosure that is shared with others. Some of these cages are within parking structures while others are provided as standalone structures.
UBC staff, students and faculty can register to get access to bike cages by purchasing a complimentary bicycle parking permit from the UBC Parking website, instructions are provided below. 

You must have a UBCcard to get access to the secure bike cages. Members affiliated with the university that do not have a UBCcard must go to the Access Desk in the UBC Bookstore to confirm eligibility to access bike cages. If eligible, a $20 deposit is required to obtain a UBCcard. Once you have your UBCcard, please follow the instructions below to register.

How to Register for Access to Bike Cages

Follow the step by step instructions below. Note, you will need the Serial Number of your bicycle, which is commonly located under the bottom bracket where the two pedal cranks meet. It is also good for you to know your bike’s Serial Number in the event your bike is stolen so you can report it to police. Registering your bike with Project 529 will help with the return of stolen bikes that are recovered by police as well.

 

  1. UBC staff, students and faculty can go to the UBC Parking website and Log-In to their UBC Parking-Account by clicking on UBC CWL LoginFor affiliated members who do not have a UBCcard, go to the Access Desk in the UBC Bookstore to confirm your eligibility to access bike cages and get a visitor UBCcard upon providing a $20 credit card deposit and presenting a valid government issued ID, then follow the steps below, with the exception that you must select Guest Login.  
    UBC Parking - Account Login & Creation page
    UBC Parking - Account Log In/Creation page
  2. Go to PERMITS and click on Get Permits. Then click on Next to Purchase a UBC Vancouver Parking Permit.
  3. Verify your e-mail and click Next then you will be taken to the permits page. 
  4. At the top of the list of permits is Bicycle Permits. Select Bicycle Cage Permit then scroll to the bottom of the page to click on the box to accept the terms and conditions then click Next.
  5. Click on Add Bicycle then enter in your Serial Number of your bike and click on Submit.
  6. On the Select/Add Vehicle page select your bicycle and click Next then you will be taken to View Cart. At the bottom of the page click on Continue. This will take you to Payment Information where it will show a $0.00 charge. Go to the bottom of the page and click on Continue again.
  7. You are done! You will get a confirmation e-mail sent to you and you will have access to bike cages on campus using your UBCcard in 24hours.

If you have any questions about how to register to get access to bike cages, please contact parking.support@ubc.ca

Map of UBC Vancouver's Bike Cages
Bike Cages Map

Bike Cage Locations

Facility located on the north east corner of Level 1. Bike access via the door on the north east corner.

Facility located north of Chemistry Block C, in the Chemistry Physics Courtyard, behind the Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre.This facility features day-use lockers for storage of bicycle related accessories (helmet, shoes, jacket, etc.). Please provide your own lock and do not leave items for longer than 24 hours. This facility also has and a repair stand with air-pump and tools for emergencies.

1822 East Mall
Facility located outside, on the north east corner of Allard Hall. This facility also has and a repair stand with air-pump and tools for emergencies.

6138 Student Union Blvd
Facilities located in the basement next to the AMS Bike Kitchen on the south-west corner. Showers are also just outside of the secure bike cage for commuters too. Please provide your own lock and do not leave items for longer than 24 hours.

HOURS OF ACCESS
Access to this bike cage is only available when the UBC Life Building is open. Please refer to the UBC Life Building website for current open hours.

1873 East Mall
Located on the south building facade in both the east and west corners of the building. This facility features day-use lockers for storage of bicycle related accessories (helmet, shoes, jacket, etc.). Please provide your own lock and do not leave items for longer than 24 hours.

2140 Lower Mall
Located on west side near gate 6, near the Swing Space Building. Enter off of West Mall onto the 4th floor and turn left. This facility features day-use lockers for storage of bicycle related accessories (helmet, shoes, jacket, etc.). Please provide your own lock and do not leave items for longer than 24 hours.

2250 Health Sciences Mall
Located on southeast sector, behind University Hospital.

6085 Thunderbird Boulevard
Located in the southeast sector, south of the University Hospital at Thunderbird Blvd. and Wesbrook Mall.This facility features day-use lockers for storage of bicycle related accessories (helmet, shoes, jacket, etc.). Please provide your own lock and do not leave items for longer than 24 hours.

2202 Main Mall
Located in the lower loading dock area on the north side of the building.

2613 West Mall
Located at the back of the Totem Field Studios building. Enter through wooden gate at the front.

NEW Secure Bike Parking

UBC has partnered with Green Spirit Technologies to bring more secure bike parking options to the campus community. The bike racks are accessible by an app that locks three parts of the bike, allowing users to leave their heavy locks at home. 

During this pilot stage, the intent is to gather user feedback on the racks and the app. There are currently 10 racks installed around campus at six different locations. Following the pilot period, the intent is to expand the program to offer greater coverage and quantity of racks. 

Please visit the Green Spirit Technologies website for more information and to register for the Early Access Program.

Map of Green Spirit Technologies Bike Parking spots at UBC

A green technologies bike rack with bike parked
Green Technologies Bike Parking System

 

Showers & Changerooms

Showers are essential to support people commuting by bike to the UBC campus. UBC requires that all new buildings on campus provide end of trip facilities (showers, changerooms, and secure bike parking inside the building) for the people who work in the building. However, many older buildings do not have these facilities. If you aren’t sure if your building has end of trip facilities, ask your colleagues or building administrator or facility manager. Access to building end of trip facilities are managed by the building, not C+CP.

For students that do not have access to showers, you can use the showers in the recreation facilities on campus (War Gym, Student Recreation Centre, and Osborne etc.). In addition, there are showers available for staff, faculty and students outside of the bike cage located in the lower level of the UBC Life Building by the UBC Bike Kitchen. 

Bike Removal

While UBC aims to provide a wide variety of options for bicycle parking, some areas are not appropriate for locking your bike. Bicycles that are parked in places that restrict pedestrian movement, access to buildings, or critical infrastructure such as fire hydrants will be removed. Abandoned bikes are frequent at UBC as a result of the turnover of students. C+CP regularly removes abandoned bicycles to free up bike rack space for the campus community.

If you see a bicycle locked in a place where it must be immediately removed or there are abandoned bicycles taking up valuable bike rack space, please contact Building Operations at 604-822-2173 or email servicecentre.buildingops@ubc.ca.

Alternatively, UBC faculty and staff with appropriate access can submit a service request

No Parking Sign

If your bicycle has been removed, please contact UBC Building Operations at 604-822-2173. Please bring a photo or description of your bike, as well as ID when you pick up your bicycle.

Abandoned bicycles will be tagged for 3 days prior to removal to give owners a chance to remove the tag and claim the bike. Once bikes are removed, Building Operations will store the bikes for 30 days. If they are not claimed in that time, bicycles are usually sent to the Bike Kitchen for refurbishing and may be sold back to campus community members.