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Where can I ride my bike on Penn’s campus?

Dear Benny,
I just started riding my bike to Penn each day and love it for the exercise. But where can I ride my bike on campus? Do I need to walk it in certain places? And is there a place where I can find a list of bike racks or spaces to park my bike when I don’t need it?
—Road Warrior

Dear Warrior,
Congratulations on your new exercise endeavor! One resource you may find helpful is the new “Biking Penn” overlay on the campus map, which is managed by the Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES). This can be found via Penn’s central website by clicking the “Maps” tab at the top. Once you’re on the map page, click on the “Biking Penn” button in the red bar near the top of the page to activate the biking overlay and see exactly where Penn’s restricted bike zone begins and ends, streets where bikes are allowed, and places on campus where bikes must be walked at all times.

A good rule of thumb is this: Bikes must be walked on campus pedestrian pathways such as Locust Walk between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You will have to walk your bike at all times—even before 8:30 a.m. and after 5:30 p.m.—on the Class of 1949 Bridge and the three pedestrian bridges leading in and out of Penn Park.

You can refer to the map to see where there is designated bike parking. There are also two bike repair stations on campus—one near the bike rack outside of the Pottruck Center at 37th and Walnut, and another in front of the Chemistry building at 34th and Spruce streets.

The map even indicates where there are trolley tracks so you can exercise caution when riding on those streets.

For more information on cycling on campus, go to FRES’ biking page or the page managed by Penn’s Business Services Division.

Ride safely!

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