Georgetown University supports bicycling as a key component of our sustainable transportation mix, and has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly University. Biking to campus saves money, supports a healthy lifestyle, uses fewer resources, and promotes a healthier planet. Georgetown University provides many resources for faculty, staff, students, and visitors to commute to campus by bike.
Finding a Route
Georgetown University is located in one of the most bikeable cities in the United States and is connected to the wider DC metro area by a network of trails and on-street bike routes.
Ride the City DC is an online route finding service which allows you to select a route from anywhere in the region based on your level of comfort on the streets. The map below also highlights bicycle access points to the University’s main campus and medical center.
Want to learn more about confidently commuting by bike in the DC region? GUWellness hosts free monthly Bike Commuting 101 classes. Find upcoming class dates here.
BICYCLE AMENITIES ON CAMPUS
Parking & Storage
There are more than 1,100 bicycle parking spaces on Georgetown’s campus. There is covered bike parking available in Garage 4, the Southwest Garage, Leavy Garage, Arrupe Hall, Ryan & Isaac Hall, 2115 Wisconsin, and the Harris Building Garage.
Showers & Lockers for Bike Commuters
Yates Field House offers free access to showers and locker rooms for faculty and staff who commute by bicycle to work. Contact Yates Field House at (202) 687-2400 for more information about resources for bicycle commuters.
Multiple administrative offices also have showers available to their staff, and there are showers and lockers available to graduate students on the ground floor of the Car Barn.
Need to fix your bike or fill up your tires? Main campus has multiple self-service bike repair stations and air pumps near Darnall Hall, Red Square, and Leo’s Dining Hall.
Capital Bikeshare is a point-to-point bikesharing system in Washington, DC. Users can pick up a bike at one docking station and park it at another, making it a great option for commuting to Georgetown University.
There is a Capital Bikeshare station outside the university main gates at 37th & O Streets. Other Capital Bikeshare stations near the university are at M & Potomac Streets, Wisconsin Avenue & O Street, and Wisconsin Avenue & 34th Street.
Become a member by registering on the Capital Bikeshare website. Use your membership key to reserve a bike at any Capital Bikeshare station and return to any station with an open space. Georgetown’s Benefits Office also offers discounted membership to full-time faculty and staff for their first year of membership.
LimeBike is the newest addition to GU’s offerings of affordable, sustainable transportation options. LimeBike bikeshare eliminates docking stations, creating a broadly distributed system, with bikes that are more accessible and affordable. You can find one of the bright green bikes at 12 pick-up locations across the Main Campus: Alumni Square, Lauinger Library, Red Square, the Leavey Center, Leo’s, the north and south sides of Kennedy Hall, the Hariri Building, the bus turnaround, Darnall Hall, Regents Hall, and the Medical Building.
To find a ride, simply download the LimeBike app on your Android or iPhone, locate a bike on the map, and unlock it with the tap of a button. Sign up with your georgetown.edu email account and pay only 50 cents per 30-minute time block, a discount from the regular $1 rate.
Local Bike Shops
There are multiple bike shops within a half mile of campus that sell bicycles and equipment, as well as offer maintenance services to help keep your bike in top condition.
BICYCLE REGISTRATION, SAFETY, AND SECURITY
The Georgetown University Police Department (GUPD) offers free bicycle registration for students, faculty, and staff. Georgetown highly recommends registering your bike as it allows GUPD to contact you if your bike is impounded or stolen and recovered, as well as cut your lock if it breaks or you lose your key. Click here to register your bike with GUPD.
Always lock your bike to a bike rack using a U-Lock. Please do not lock your bike to trees, fences, ADA ramps, handrails, or lamp posts. Discounted U-Locks can be purchased from GUPD, located in Village C West. Learn more on the GUPD website.
Georgetown’s campus is very compact and has a high volume of pedestrian traffic. When riding on campus, please remember to share the road by yielding to pedestrians and obeying posted speed limits and stop signs.
If you have any questions about bicycle safety or security on campus, please reach out to Sgt. Michael Bunker.
BIKES AND GUTS BUSES
The University GUTS buses feature bike racks on the front of each bus, giving bike commuters more options for connecting to campus from regional bike routes.
Want to learn more about bicycling at Georgetown? Have a request for new bike amenities on campus? Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the Georgetown University Community can also join the Bicycling @ Georgetown Facebook Group to connect with other bicyclists and stay up to date on bicycling events on campus.
You can learn more about how the university is supporting bicycling at sustainability.georgetown.edu/bicycling.