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Bicycles are a great way to commute to and from and travel across campus. There are personal health and wellbeing benefits to biking and the mode is environmentally friendly.

On-CAMPUS Bike Parking, Facilities, and Resources

  • View a map of bike parking (covered and uncovered), bike repair stations and shower facilities on campus.
  • Individuals with personal bicycles are encouraged to register their bikes with the Vanderbilt University Police Department (VUPD). 
  • In need of a helmet? We have helmets available upon request. Contact for assistance.

Bike Share

Vanderbilt has partnered with Spin to provide an on-campus e-bike sharing option. Read more about the bike share program, which provides options for riding both on and off campus.

Nashville’s docked e-bikeshare system – BCycle – is not on-campus, but has two stations adjacent to campus at 21st Ave S & Broadway near the Owen school and 21st Ave S & Wedgewood in Hillsboro Village. Download the BCycle app to see docking stations and e-bike locations.

Riding in Nashville

Safety and Etiquette

Bicyclists must follow the circulation patterns on campus, yield to pedestrians in order to maintain physical distance, walk their bikes in dismount zones noted on campus such as the 21st Ave pedestrian bridge, Rand wall and Medical Center Plaza, and park responsibly at bike racks.

Dismount Zone Map

If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident on or near campus involving a bicycle, please report the incident to Vanderbilt University Police Department. For non-emergencies, call 615-322-2745. For emergencies, call 615-421-1911 if you are on campus or 911 if you are off campus.

Bike Friendly University

The League of American Bicyclists, the premier grassroots advocacy organization encouraging better bicycling and protecting the rights of people who bike, has honored Vanderbilt University with a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly UniversitySM award in recognition of the institution’s achievements in promoting and enabling safe, accessible bicycling on campus.

Vanderbilt joins an elite group of 222 colleges and universities in 47 states and the District of Columbia that are taking action to address the health and environmental challenges facing America by creating campuses that are more welcoming to people who bike. Vanderbilt University was awarded the bronze designation in 2015, and the university renewed its bronze status in 2022.

MoveVU outlines a strategy to pursue platinum designation by 2030. Exciting changes to the bicycling network are occurring in Nashville, and Vanderbilt continues to work with our partners to ensure bicycling is a safe and attractive form of transportation for faculty, students, and staff.