Graphic illustration of a bike on the way to UBC
July 30, 2018
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Biking to campus

The UBC Life Commuter Guide

Vancouver is a super bike-friendly city (despite all the hills) and biking is a popular way to get to UBC.

Bike routes

This City of Vancouver map shows all of the bike routes in the city and will help you plan your ride to campus. With four main roads that lead straight into UBC, you’ll be able to find a route no matter where you start your journey.

If you want to bring your bike to campus without riding the whole way, you can put your bike on the front of buses. It’s a simple process (even if it may seem intimidating). Check out the demonstration below.

Locking up your bike

There are a few options for you to keep your bike safely locked while on campus.

Shared bike cages are in 10 parkades across campus and they are free to use. All you have to do is fill out this form to register and gain access through your UBCcard. You can do this at any time, but spots fill up quickly.  

Bike lockers are personal, enclosed storage providing the safest option for securing your bike. There are 200 around campus and are available for rent at $10/month plus a $45 deposit.

There are also simple bike racks scattered around campus for you to lock your bike up but ensure you use a sturdy lock (no cable locks!).

Bike Kitchen

A program of the Alma Mater Society (AMS) Bike Co-op, the Bike Kitchen is UBC’s non-profit, full-service community bike shop, where you can find lots of services and supports for your two-wheeled chariot. They sell bikes made from old parts for reasonable prices and can teach you how to fix your own (or fix it with/for you).

Because the Bike Kitchen is a part of your AMS, you actually support them in part through your student fees. Check out other services that the AMS provides.

Bike share

Another AMS Bike Co-op initiative is the student-run “Purple and Yellow” bike share. With a fleet of these bikes available across campus for use by members of the co-op, they’re a great option if you need an easy way to get from one class to another (sometimes that can be a 20-minute walk, so a bike is helpful!). To gain access to these bikes you can volunteer with the Bike Co-op and become a member, or buy a $15 membership.


Dropbike is a public bike share program being piloted at UBC in mid-August. They will have around 200 bikes available to start and are aiming to expand to 500 bikes by mid-September. Starting at $1/hour it’s very affordable for quick trips around campus. Get the latest updates on Dropbike by visiting UBC's Transportation website.

Pedestrian walking on same path as a student biker

Biking to and at UBC is a great way to get around and get in some fitness! Keep in mind that pedestrians and cyclists share a lot of the same paths on campus, so if you’re biking, always use caution and be aware.

Happy cycling!
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