Bicycling

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville encourages the campus community to get around by bicycle and skateboard as much as possible. These energy-saving options are convenient, save time in many cases, and cut down on both traffic and parking hassles.

Register Your Bicycle

We encourage all bike owners to register their bike with Campus Police. This will help the Police track and return your bike to you should it be stolen or lost.

Plan Your Route

Interested in finding out how long it might take to travel from one place to another by bike, or looking to plan a bike route? Try Google Maps bicycle directions feature. On the main Google Maps, just click on “Get Directions”, and select the bicycle option before entering a location. Walking directions are also available.

Bicycle Parking, Showers, and Lockers

Bicycle racks are installed near the entrance to most campus buildings. Students may also rent an outdoor bicycle locker near residence halls or an indoor parking space at Rountree Commons for $50 per year or $30 per semester.

Students are allowed, during the winter months, to bring their bicycles into their dorm room to store until the spring. Once the bicycle is taken back outside it must remain outside for the remainder of the year. You can rent a locker for your bike at the residence halls.

When not using your bike, be sure to use a high-quality lock to chain it to a designated bike rack.

If you need to tidy up after your ride, showers and lockers are available in the Williams Fieldhouse. Students, staff, and anyone with a Pioneer Activity Center membership may rent lockers on a semester or yearly basis from the Athletic Administration Office in the Pioneer Activity Center.

Safety

We strongly encourage all bicyclists to wear a helmet, use a light at night, yield to pedestrians, use proper hand signals, and review bicycle safety procedures

Bicycles are welcome anywhere (outdoors) on campus. You may not, however, go faster than 15 mph. You must yield to pedestrians. The two main east-west paths on campus have a yellow dotted median. Use this path like you would a road, keeping to the right except to pass.

Maintenance

UW-Platteville offers a bicycle repair station located on the north side of the Markee Pioneer Student Center where you can fill your bicycle tires and make basic repairs to your bike at any time, for free.

Karrmann Library also has a hand pump available for rent at the main desk.

Missing a Bike?

If you think your bike was stolen, notify University Police as well as the City of Platteville Police.

If your bike has gone missing while on campus property, contact Facilities Management by calling 608.342.1155. It is possible the bike may have been confiscated and placed in locked storage if it was illegally parked in a non-designated area or appeared abandoned.


Campus Regulations:

  • Bicycles shall not be parked within 25 feet of any university building entrance except in approved bicycle racks or lockers.
  • Bicycles shall not be parked within university buildings except in areas specifically designed for this purpose, and specifically authorized by University Police. {Admin Code 81.06(8), Bicycles}
  • Bicycles must be removed from bicycle racks and/or lockers at the end of each spring semester.
  • Bicyclists riding on a public street or walk shall ride in a straight line and give pedestrians the right of way at street crossings.
  • Bicyclists on campus property shall exercise extraordinary care and yield the right of way to pedestrians at all times.

City of Platteville Regulations (within city limits):

  • In the City of Platteville, no person shall ride a bicycle (as well as skateboards, roller skates, or in-line skates) upon any public walk in the area bounded by Water Street, Furnace Street, Chestnut Street and Pine Street, including sidewalks bordering those streets.
  • Bicycles that are ridden on public streets within the City of Platteville are required to be licensed with the City of Platteville or another jurisdiction. The University Police registers bicycles at no cost and provides a non-expiring bicycle registration tag for students residing on campus.