Cycling

Cycling Centre

Cycling and UVic

UVic is a bike-friendly campus offering an abundance of amenities for cyclists. There are many on-campus resources available such as route maps, safety brochures, information for cycling skills courses, links to local advocacy groups, bike loans, and a self-service bike repair station. The Campus Bike Centre is a key resource and hub for cyclists on campus.

UVic Cycling Amenities Map

Capital Regional District (CRD) Bike Map 2015 now available for pick up in the ASB, Room A275.

#Sharethespace campaign - Help make sure UVic stays both pedestrian and cycling-friendly by sharing the space!

UVic Campus Bike Centre

Entrance to the Campus Bike Centre is located at ground level (facing BEC) of the University Centre (UVC). We've removed 28 prime vehicle parking spots to make way for UVic's cycling HUB  - open 24/7.

Amenities

The Campus Bike Centre supports:

  • 234 covered bike parking spots
  • Bike racks (horizontal and vertical)
  • Bike lockers
  • Gear lockers
  • Benches
  • Self-service repair kiosk (a.k.a. "bike kitchen")
  • Pressurized air hose
  • Electric bike charger (near the horizontal bike racks)
  • Notice board for campus cycling activities, items of interest, and events

SPOKES bicycle program

SPOKES is a unique bicycle upcycling and loan program where volunteers give new life to and use of old bikes. Since 2003, SPOKES has been innovatively diverting waste, improving community health and taking action on climate change.

Services:

  • Bike loans
  • Bike rentals
  • Bike sales
  • Gear and helmet sales
  • Bike repair assistance
  • Returns
  • Bike donations

Visit the SPOKES website for more information, hours of operation, and volunteering opportunities.

Once you're here: Cycling amenities on campus

With more than 2,900 bike parking spaces available, UVic is a bicycle-friendly campus!

Cyclists can take advantage of indoor bike parking at the Bike Parkade (corner of McKenzie & Gabriola) and the Campus Bike Centre. There are many covered spots around the academic buildings and several bike shelters located across campus. In abundance are bike storage lockers, clothing and gear lockers, and shower and change room facilities. There is also a self-service bike repair station (bike kitchen), pressurize air hoses, electric bike charging stations, and towel service at CARSA and McKinnon gyms.

Showers and change rooms

Showers and change rooms are located in the following buildings and facilties:

  • Administrative Services Building (ASB)
  • Centre for Athletics, Recreation, and Special Abilities (CARSA)
  • Craigdarroch Office Building (CRA)
  • Continuing Studies Building (CST)
  • David Turpin Building (DTB) 
  • Engineering/Computer Science Building (ECS)
  • First Peoples House (FPH)
  • McKinnon Gym (MCK)
  • Medical Sciences Building (MSB)
  • Technology Enterprise Facility (TEF)

Bike storage lockers

There are nearly 150 bicycle lockers located in the Campus Bike Centre (indoor) and across campus (outdoor). Bike lockers are available for students, faculty and staff who are living off campus. Locker/storage rental is $40 per semester, $120 per year with a $50 key deposit. Each locker has enough room to store your bike and gear.

To rent a locker, visit Campus Security building or contact 

Campus bike locker map

More bike locker and equipment locker info

Note Residence Services rents lockers for those individuals living on campus. Contact housing@uvic.ca for more info.

Clothing and gear (equipment) lockers

Indoor clothing and gear lockers are large enough to hold bike bags, helmets, clothing, etc. and are located in many academic buildings, in the Campus Bike Centre, and at our two campus recreational facilities.

Equipment lockers can be rented from Campus Security for $10 per semester, $30 per year with a $10 lock deposit. The lockers can be founding in buildings:

  • Clearihue (CLE)
  • Cornett (COR)
  • David Turpin Building (DTB)
  • Engineering Computer Science (ECS)
  • Elliot (ELL)
  • Hickman (HBB)
  • Human & Social Development (HSD)
  • MacLaurin (MAC)
  • Petch (PCH)
  • Campus Bike Centre, University Centre (UVC)

Contact aosmond@uvic.ca for more information.

Clothing lockers can also be rented through Vikes Recreation for $40 per semester at:

  • Centre for Athletics Recreation & Special Abilities (CARSA)
  • McKinnon gym and pool (MKN)

Visit the front desk at either buildings to rent a locker

Electric bike charging stations

There are four free designated electric bike charging stations on campus. All stations are on a first come first serve basis; bike owners use the stations at their own risk. Locations are outside the following buildings (look for the small green sign):

  • David Strong Building (DSB)
  • Human and Social Development Building (HSD)
  • University Centre (UVC)
  • Visual Arts Building (VIA)

Get geared up to cycle!

Take good care of your bicycle by making sure you have a lock. Remember to get your bike engraved in case it is lost or stolen. 

Bike sharing

In addition to the SPOKES program, the School of Environmental Studies Starzomski Lab has started it's own campus bike share program. It helps grad students with offices in buildings across campus from each other stay connected in a healthy and sustainable way using donated bikes painted bright green, with helmets and communal locks.

Free bike locks available for short term loan

Need to lock your bike, but no lock? Ask at the Library Loans Desk for a free lock available for short term loan.

Bicycle engraving

To reduce the likelihood of theft and to assist in recovery if your bike is stolen, participate in a Bicycle Registration program with Campus Security Services. You can have your bike engraved and registered free of charge. Your bike and accessories will be identified with your Driver's License or BC ID number and Campus Security will register all your information on a computer system.

To set up an appointment, call the Personal Safety Coordinator at 250-721-8981 or email .

Plan your route

Our UVic campus is serviced by many convenient and safe cycling routes to and from downtown and all around the region.

Check out suggested routes on CRD's community route map

Bring your bike on the bus

In Victoria, over 95% of the transit fleet has bicycle racks on board, so it is easy to make cycling a part of your regular commute. There are 3 basic steps involved in putting your bike on the rack. Check out this instructional video from BC Transit on how to load your bike.

The next time you are at the bus loop on campus, try out the racks on a parked bus.

Cycling groups and nearby shops

There are many cycling groups in Victoria. Here are a few:

Bike shops closest to UVic: