Campus Bike Centre

Cycling Mural
Artist Kyra McLeod painting the mural in the Campus Bike Centre

Project completion

The UVic Campus Bike Centre opened in November 2013 to serve the campus cycling community. 

Drop by the Campus Security building or contact to rent a Bike Centre locker.

  • Bike lockers: $40 a semester, plus key deposit
  • Equipment lockers: $10 a semester, plus key deposit

Project information

The Centre provides covered bike parking for 234 bikes, equipment lockers, benches and an expanded, renovated space for the BikeHub bicycle program. The centre is located at the west end of the University Centre underground parkade, with the entrance off the service road between the Jamie Cassels Centre and the Business and Economics building. 

The Centre is an attractive, safe and comfortable area for cyclists. The development of the Centre included improvements to the lighting, painting of the walls and adjusting the circulation and access arrangements to facilitate its use by cyclists.  Signage and adjustments to the stairwell that accesses the space from the adjacent multi-modal pathway were also included, along with enhancements to the BikeHub program area. 

The project provided a major increase in the amount of secure and sheltered bike parking available on campus, which was identified as a key deficiency and disincentive for cycling, particularly during the winter months. The Campus Bike Centre has been designated as a university 50 Anniversary legacy project that will celebrate and advance UVic's interests in cycling and sustainable transportation into the future.

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The Community Engagement Framework report provides for a consistent methodology to be used to determine the overall approach to an engagement program for a new capital project. An engagement approach in the inform category was determined for this project, based on the assessment of the potential impacts of the Campus Bike Centre. Table 4.1 - Engagement Approach Criteria (see green highlighting). 

A Development Variance Permit application was submitted to the District of Saanich as the project displaced 28 parking stalls from the 70-stall parking garage. The University Centre parkade is less actively used in comparison to other parking areas on campus that are outside of the Ring Road. It receives the most active use during times when there are events held in the Farquhar Auditorium which are often in the evening or weekends, when parking spaces are more readily available on campus.  Various other alternative parking lots in the vicinity also accommodate the parking demands of patrons of auditorium events. The 42 parking spaces that will remain in the parkade in conjunction with the Bike Centre will assist in meeting the parking needs of people who require direct access to the facility or are looking for short term parking.