Benefits of Bicycling
Yale commuters who ride a bike to work can:
- navigate campus with ease, due to the city's size and relatively flat geography
- park for free in front of every destination
- be part of a thriving cyclist community
- have more fun
- log your trips in Nuride to earn restaurant coupons, local retailer discounts, and tickets to shows and attractions
Increasingly, more resources and infrastructure are being provided to support cyclists, both on campus and in the City of New Haven.
Shower Pass at the Payne Whitney Gym
You can use the showers at Payne Whitney Gym if you bike (or walk) to campus and need to clean up. Read through this agreement and sign it, then bring it to Payne Whitney Gym Membership Services in the main lobby.
New to Cycling?
Yale Environmental Health & Safety offers a Bicycle Safety Training Class that covers state and local laws pertaining to bicyclists, accident avoidance including common situations where accidents occur on roadways and how to avoid them. It will also include bicycling tips, bicycle maintenance info, and the proper use and sizing of helmets.
Transportation Options also offers a full-day "Traffic Skills 101" class that is designed to help cyclists, of all levels, improve their cycling skills. Read more about the class and sign up here.
The City of New Haven has a "Smart Cycling Handbook"which covers local and State rules and regulations, has maps, and provides other important information such as hand signals, bike gear, how to avoid an accident, bicycle maintenance, and more.
If you're comfortable on a bike but are unsure of which route to take, fill out the Commuter Counseling form to receive a suggested route. You can also use MapMyRide to create your own route and to find routes other cyclists have created.
Campus Proximity Map
Click the map to enlarge the view. If you live within the center circle you can walk to the center of Yale in 15 minutes. If you live within the outer circle, you can bike in 15 minutes. It is often faster and more predictable to walk or bike than to drive.
Bike to Work Breakfast
The third Friday of every month is the Bike (and Walk) to Work (and School) Day Breakfast from 7:30 - 9:30am
Get free breakfast and coffee, meet other cyclists, learn about best commuting routes, and catch up on the most recent developments in making greater New Haven more bike- and pedestrian-friendly.
The breakfasts are hosted on Pitkin Plaza outside the Devil's Gear Bike Shop at 151 Orange St.
Would you like to find a cycling partner or meet up for group rides? Check out the New Haven Bike Rides Facebook Group.
Need a Bike Rack?
Although Transportation Options has no funding to purchase or install racks, we do maintain a list of locations where racks are needed. Please email us if you would like to request a bike rack at a specific location or to share ideas about ways to make your campus cycling experience better.
People for Bikes
Make the world a better place to ride by signing the People for Bikes pledge. People for Bikes is an organization dedicated to improving the future of bicycling.
Need to Report a Cycling Hazard?
Visit this innovative reporting tool developed by a New Haven resident: SeeClickFix. Use a google map application to report the location of potholes, broken glass or other road hazards and track progress on your report.
Elm City Cycling
New Haven's cycling community is largely organized around Elm City Cycling through organized group rides and bicycle advocacy.
There are multiple weekly group rides, such as the summertime Wednesday night "Ice Cream" Ride to local ice cream shops. Many of these rides leave from the New Haven Green. Additionally, many Elm City Cycling members are cooperatively engaged with local and state government for improved safety and infrastructure supports for cycling. Visit the Elm City Cycling website for upcoming events.