- Operating Your Bike
- Registering Your Bike
- Purchasing a Bike
- Bike Safety
- Emergency Ride Home
- Abandoned Bike Confiscation
- Other Cycling Resources
- Certain areas of campus such as Abele Quad, the Bryan Center Plaza/Brodhead Center Plaza and Duke Gardens are bicycle dismount zones -- see the Duke Today story for details. Walk your bike if traveling through the West Campus dismount zones.
- In addition, bicyclists must comply with Duke’s bike parking regulations. When not in use, all bicycles, whether a personal or bikeshare bike, must be locked to or stored in the near vicinity of a rack. If the bike rack is full, place the bike next to the rack and out of the way of pedestrians and other traffic.
- Bicycles locked to trees, handrails, signs, landscape posts and chains or other stationary items, or are abandoned on campus may be confiscated and the owner will be charged a fine and daily impound fees.
- U-locks are preferred over chain/cable locks to deter bicycle theft.
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 businesses such as Bull City Burger, Jamba Juice, and Bagel Bar through Duke's partnership with the national incentive program, Bicycle Benefits.
Ready to Register?
You'll need your serial number to register.
There are a number of options for purchasing a new or used bike in Durham. Some of these options are:
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:
- The League of American Bicyclists (LAB) has some great safety videos.
- The LAB also provides tips about proper maintenance and riding gear.
- The NCDOT Bike/Ped Division provides information on all NC laws and policies.
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 919-684-7275 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We hold confiscated bikes for 60 days. If bikes are not claimed, we donate them to a local charity.
Here are additional resources you might find helpful:
- Duke Pedestrian-Bicycle-Transit Map - Find your way around campus by bike, foot or bus
- Bike Durham - A local bicycling advocacy organization that hosts events and other activities
- 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
- GoTriangle Biking & Walking - Provides Triangle-wide resources for cyclists