Bicycling at Duke


View a map of bike rack locations on the Duke campus map.

Bicycling at Duke is an ideal way to get around, whether for exercise or transportation. We make it easy and convenient for you to park your bike safely and close to a building

Registering Your Bike

If you park your bike on campus, we recommend you register as a bike commuter. Registering provides many benefits:

  • Thieves are less likely to steal registered bikes.
  • Registered bikes are more likely to be recovered if stolen.
  • If you're registered as a full-time commuter, you're eligible for up to two free daily parking passes per month to use on the days you need to drive.
  • You're permitted to use showers in the Wilson Center or Brodie Center from opening time to 9:00 a.m., Monday - Friday. Your DukeCard is required for access. Additional shower locations are available.
  • You can receive discounts at local retailers such as Durham Cycles, Bullseye Bicycle, and Bull City Burger through Duke's partnership with the national incentive program, Bicycle Benefits.

Ready to Register?

You'll need your serial number to register. See the image below for  serial number locations.


Bike Safety

In North Carolina, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle drivers. That means bikes are allowed to ride on streets and should obey all traffic signs and signals. Please bike responsibly by signaling turns and respecting pedestrians. And, don't forget: always wear your helmet! For more safety tips:

Emergency Ride Home

If you're an employee and a full-time bike commuter, you can enroll in the regional Emergency Ride Home program. The program provides up to six free vouchers per year for a ride home due to personal illness or unscheduled overtime.

Abandoned Bike Confiscation

Bike racks are intended for short term parking, except those located at campus residence halls. Bikes left over the summer or for other long periods are subject to confiscation. Every summer between May and August, we tag and collect abandoned bikes. If you suspect your bike has been confiscated, please contact us at 919-684-3640 or We hold confiscated bikes for 60 days. If bikes are not claimed, we donate them to a local charity.

Other Cycling Resources

Here are additional resources you might find helpful:

  • Bike Durham - A local bicycling advocacy organization that hosts events and other activities
  • Duke Zagster - A campus bike-share program with 50 bicycles at stations on East, Central, and West Campus, available for rent by the hour or day to students, faculty and staff
  • Durham Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Commission - Hosts the Durham Bike Hike Map and provides other local cycling information
  • Durham Bike Co-op - A community bike shop in downtown Durham providing bicycle repair, skill-sharing and earn-a-bike programs
  • GoSmart - Provides Triangle-wide resources for cyclists

Academic Dean Norman Keul bikes to Duke.