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 $15 or a set of bike lights for $5 at the Campus Service Center on the 8th floor of the Smith Campus Center (1350 Massachusetts Avenue). Please bring a credit card, 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!
In Longwood you can purchase helmets at the following locations:
- The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Operations Office located in Kresge LL15. Pay via check made out to Harvard University.
- The HMS Commuter Services and Parking Office located at 180B Longwood Avenue Room 132. Pay via check made out to Harvard University.
Bike Repair Classes
Benefits eligible employees based in Cambridge or Allston interested in learning about bicycle safety or repair techniques can take classes at any location and be reimbursed for expenses. 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
Bike Education Library
Browse through virtual bike workshops and tutorials to help you gain hands-on experience maintaining your bike, navigating the road and more. You may browse the bike education library here.
Forgot your lock at home? Rent one of ours for free!
CommuterChoice offers Harvard affiliates with free 24-hour bike lock rentals. Simply stop by our office at the Smith Campus Center, sign one out and return it within 24-hours. Failure to return lock will result in a charge of the full price of the lock.
While you are at the Smith Campus Center, stop by the HUPD substation on the 2nd floor to register you bike for free!
Lost your keys or is your bike lock jammed? Quad Bikes can cut your lock for a fee of $30. Written permission from the Harvard University Police Department is required. You may contact Quad Bikes at 617.496.5955, firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by their shop at 51 Shepard St, Cambridge, MA 02138.
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, 35 Divinity Ave (no pump), 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.
Please report any damaged or malfunctioning parts here.