Safety and Maintenance

Safety and Maintenance

Bicycle safety is a top priority at Harvard. The CommuterChoice program promotes safety through maintenance opportunities, incentives and educational campaigns.

 

HUPD Bike Registration

Harvard affiliates are strongly encouraged to register their bikes with the Harvard University Police Department. Registration serves as a deterrent to theft and can help in the recovery of stolen bicycles.

Discounted Bike Helmets and Used Helmet Recycling

The League of American Bicyclists recommends that cyclists frequently check their helmets for wear and damage, and replace the helmets every few years and immediately after a crash. Purchase a new helmet for only $10.00 at the CommuterChoice Office: Smith Campus Center Room 738. Please bring cash or a check written out to Harvard University. Want to get rid of your old helmet? Bring it to the CommuterChoice Office and we’ll recycle it for you!

Bike Repair Classes

Employees interested in learning about bicycle safety or repair techniques can take classes at any location and be reimbursed for expeses. Employees must verify eligibility prior to class registration by emailing CommuterChoice or calling 617 384 RIDE (7433)

For tips, videos, and additional safety resources utilize the City of Boston's Urban Cycling Guide 

Locking Your Bicycle

Bicycles should be locked in a rack or in a covered bike parking shelter where available. Locking to a street sign is OK, but never in the path of pedestrians or in a way that blocks handicap access. The city of Cambridge asks cyclists to leave at least 36 inches of an obstruction-free path for travel. Additionally, bicycles cannot be parked against fire hydrants, hand railings, benches, trees, trash receptacles, or parking meters.

Cyclists should lock their bikes using a U-lock, chain, or cable. Most cyclists lock their frame and one wheel to a bike rack. If a U-lock is used to lock the front wheel and frame to the rack, looping a cable through the back wheel and locking it to the U-lock is a good idea, especially if the bike has a quick-release system on the wheels.

Bike racks and routes around campus can be found on this interactive campus map.

Bike Repair Stations

Bicycle Repair stations are located at Pound Hall – 1563 Mass Ave in Cambridge, the i-lab - 125 Western Ave in Allston, 46 Blackstone St South, the Francis Ave Bike Shelter - 23 Francis Ave, Gund Hall - 46 Quincy St, 35 Divinity Ave and the Science Center Plaza across from Memorial Hall. The stations are equipped with an air pump and basic hand tools such as screwdrivers, wrenches, and tire levers.

For help with repairs use the Quick Read (QR) code on the front of the station to view detailed instructions on your smart phone.

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    Real Time Hubway Information

    Use Spotcycle to locate Hubway stations and display bike and dock availability.