Bicycle Travel

The City of Harrisonburg and JMU strive to promote safe 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. In 2017, the Bluestone Trail was extended further into campus to the Bluestone Drive/Carrier Drive intersection. Plans are in place to further extend the Bluestone Trail into North Campus to the MLK Way/South Main Street intersection. 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. Registering your bike also helps police track lost or stolen bikes and keeps you in the loop about tune-up events. 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.

JMU Bike Rack and Air Pump Map

Students can access the JMU Bike Rack and Air Pump 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 Rack and Air Pump Map and are available at Warren Hall, the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, the bus shelter at the JMU Bookstore and at UREC.

Cycle Central Bike Maintenance Shop at UREC

UREC is excited to partner with Shenandoah Bicycle Company to offer the JMU community bicycle repair, maintenance services, and cycling education programs at UREC! 

Cycle Central is located in the UREC Adventure Center. If you are bringing in a bike for service, please drop it off using the Adventure Center Pick-up and Drop-off entrance near the UREC Loading Dock (at the end of Driver Drive, on the ISAT side of UREC). Bikes are not permitted through the front main entrance of UREC. 

Repair Services

Cycle Central offers full-service bike repair, from basic flat tire repair to complete tune-ups and overhauls. With some repairs, 24-hour turnaround is available. General estimates for cost and time of repair can be offered at drop-off. Shenandoah Bicycle Company accepts Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. 

Common repair prices are estimated below. 

  • Tire pressure check/inflation: No charge
  • Flat repair: $6.00 plus parts
  • Brake adjustment: $10.00
  • Gear adjustment: $15.00

Pick-up and Delivery Services

Can't make it to UREC during a busy week? Cycle Central is happy to arrange pick-up and delivery of your bicycle from any spot on campus. Email

 Cycle Central at urec@shenandoahbicycle.com or call 540-568-8729 to schedule a pick-up and/or delivery time. Cycle Central will pick-up your bike, do a free inspection, and contact you with an estimate for any repairs needed.   

Loaner Bikes

Can't live without a bike while yours is being fixed? A UREC rental bike is available at no charge while you bike is being repaired.  Just bring your bike in for repair and the Adventure Center staff will set you up with a free rental bike while yours is being fixed. 

Cycle Central is open from 2pm to 7pm Monday through Thursday and 11am to 5pm on Friday. For any questions, call Cycle Central at (540) 568-8729 or email us at urec@shenandoahbicycle.com.

Cycle Central at UREC
Bike Safety

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 video at the top of the page. 

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

Resources

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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