Commonwealth Avenue is the home to Boston’s first bike lane. Each day an increasing number of cyclists are taking advantage of the green colored lane, which stretches from Kenmore Square to the Agganis Arena. These bike lanes are a result of a collaborative initiative from BU Bikes, a student organization, and Boston Bikes.

As part of the Commonwealth Avenue beautification project, and to further encourage alternative transportation, Boston University recently added new bike racks around campus–an increase of 137% since last year.

On the Boston University Medical Campus, TranSComm operates two bike cages; one located at the Menino Pavilion on Harrison Ave, and the other on East Newton Street, allowing a capacity of 320 bicycles. Spots are available for $20.00 per year and can be purchased through the Office of Transportation Services. Bike racks are also located throughout the campus, including 610 and 710 Albany Street Garages.

On the Charles River Campus there are approximately 217 bicycle racks, allowing a 2,176 capacity.

To prevent theft,  register your bike with the BUPD. And please wear a helmet when riding. For more tips and rules of the road, visit BU Bike Safety. And if you’re looking to meet some like-minded riders, check out BU Bikes, the university’s student run bike club.

University bicyclists also have the unique opportunity to bike to work or class using two major Bike Paths. One is the Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path (17 miles) and the Fenway Bike Path, allowing employees and students a viable commute option from adjacent cities, towns, and Boston neighborhoods. Download a full list of bike-friendly paths and routes here.

In 2009 Boston University won two Bike Friendly Business Awards from the City of Boston; Silver for the Medical Campus and Bronze for the Charles River Campus.