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Bicycle Travel

The City of Harrisonburg and JMU strive to promote biking throughout the community. JMU and Harrisonburg have worked together to develop our Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan which lays out the future plans for bicycling related improvements on and surrounding the campus. In 2014, JMU spent more than $1.4 million to build the first portion of a shared-use path to connect to the City’s Bluestone Trail south of Campus. Plans are in place to extend the trail through campus to connect to the City's bike lanes on the north side of campus. 

Combined, these shared use paths will result in the establishment of interconnectivity from the north side of the city, through downtown, across the JMU campus, and to the south, including Purcell Park.

Bicycle Services
Bike Registration

Registering your bike is a 60 second process and the benefits are huge. The first 400 students to register their bikes each fall get a FREE U-Lock! Additionally, you’ll be given a $15 voucher to buy a helmet at a participating local bike shop and a registration tracking sticker to help police track lost or stolen bikes. Registering also keeps you in the loop about tune up events and makes it really easy to sell your bike in the Baas Bike Marketplace at the end of the year. Register your bike here.

UREC Bike Rentals

UREC offers a bike rental program through the UREC Adventure Program Equipment Center. Bicycle rentals cost $7 per week, with extra days costing $5 per day. UREC provides a bicycle, helmet, bike lock, and light in the bicycle package. Students are required to provide a $15 deposit that is payable with FLEX using their JACard.

Bike Marketplace by Baas Bikes

Students can now use the Baas Bikes mobile app to find, test ride, and buy used bikes right on campus.  Baas is a bike marketplace that operates with a mobile app and Bluetooth-enabled bike locking system.  Used bikes are located in different areas around campus (look for the Baas "For Sale" signs), and students can use their phones to test ride and purchase them right there. To learn more about Baas at JMU, click here

JMU Bike Map

Students can access the JMU Bike Map to locate bike racks and air pumps throughout campus. Many bike racks are provided throughout campus, including most residence halls and major academic buildings.  Each rack on the map includes details on the type of rack and specific location information.

Facilities Management has also installed air pumps at several locations throughout campus allowing students and visitors to pump air in their bicycles, when needed. Air Pumps can be found on the JMU Bike Map and are available at Warren Hall, the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, the bus shelter at the JMU Bookstore and at UREC.

Bike Safety

It is highly recommended that bicyclists register their bikes with JMU’s Public Safety Department which is located at Anthony Seeger Hall. Contact Police Dispatch at 540-568-6913 to register your bike.

To enhance safety due to the high number of bicyclists and pedestrians on campus, pedestrians and bicyclists are kept apart as much as possible. To achieve this, bike lanes and wide shared-use paths are being added on campus where feasible. Where no bike lanes exist, bicyclists should share the road with other vehicles. Where bicyclists do mingle with pedestrians, the bicyclists should limit their speeds or dismount and give the right of way to pedestrians.

At intersections, bicyclists should act as either a vehicle or a pedestrian – meaning if they are approaching the intersection and acting as a vehicle, they should stay in the vehicle lane and obey all traffic laws (including signals); alternatively, if they are approaching the intersection and acting as pedestrians, they should dismount and walk with pedestrians using the crosswalks. Bicyclists should not make frequent changes between acting as a pedestrian and vehicle as it can become confusing to other bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians; potentially creating unsafe situations. For more safety tips for bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians, please read this Urban Bicycling Safety Guide or visit Sharing the Road in Virginia.

It’s recommended that bicyclists wear helmets for every ride and use reflective gear. Virginia law requires the use of a front light and red rear reflector at night. A red rear light at night is recommended since it allows others to see bicyclists better. 

Please take time to further aquaint yourself with best practices and the "rules of the road" by viewing the following video:

The university's rules covering Bicycle Safety can also be found in the Student Handbook


JMU Bike and Pedestrian Plan Resources

AAA's Bike Safety Resource Guide

For more information on biking within the Harrisonburg community, visit Biking in Harrisonburg and Biking in the Shenandoah Valley. You can also find organized community bike rides through the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition.

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