Riding a bike is a fantastic way to travel. Join the hundreds of people who bike to campus each day.

Riding to Campus? Here is your quick start guide.

Western has over 180 bike racks with at least one near every building.

Campus bike map

Red Square, the Performing Arts Center overlook, and the area between Carver Gym and Fine Arts are walk zones for bikes between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. when class is in session.

Campus bike map

We recommend all riders lock their bikes using a u-lock along with a cable or a high-quality chain lock to assure both the frame and at least the front wheel are secured to a rack.

Learn how to lock your bike

Riding in the evening or night? Purchase a set of bike lights to make sure you are seen. The AS Outdoor Center Bike Shop on campus sells lights at a low cost, as well as other local shops.

More safety tips

Something not working right on your bike? Take it to the Outdoor Center during their open hours to get help diagnosing what’s wrong, tips and tricks from experienced bicycle technicians, and access to a full shop of tools at a low cost. If you aren’t interested in doing it yourself, Bellingham has many local bike shops too.

AS Outdoor Center

Whatcom Smart Trips allows you to track your trips to work or school for discounts at local business and a chance to win cash prizes up to $1000. They also offer free classes if you want to learn to ride a bike or get more comfortable riding on the street.

Smart Trips

Silver Badge from the League of American Bicyclists

Western Is Rated Silver!

Since 2021, Western Washington University has been rated as a silver-level Bicycle Friendly University. This means that Western has a high level of infrastructure, amenities and programming to support people who ride bicycles. The League of American Bicyclists is a national organization that sets standards for cities, universities, and businesses to create places that are more welcoming to bicyclists. 

Request an Improvement or Report a Problem

To suggest a bike improvement or report a problem on campus, email For issues in the City of Bellingham, use SeeClickFix or email