Tips To Get Started

With a little preparation, biking to work can be fun. If you are just starting, set a goal to ride once a week, and once you learn how fun and easy it is, you can slowly begin riding more frequently

  • Check your bicycle and yourself, especially if you haven’t ridden for awhile
  • Make sure your brakes work
  • Pump up your tires to their recommended air pressure (soft tires make riding a lot harder)
  • Consult with one of Madison’s bike shops if you have any questions or concerns
  • Check with your doctor if you have concerns about starting an exercise program
  • Find a good route from your home to your campus destination. Try out different routes to find the one that works best for you. The best route to work by bike may not be the same route that you drive. Ask co-workers who already bike commute for advice
  • Wear a helmet! Bicycle accidents can happen for many reasons, even when you are pedaling along slowly on a bike path. No trip is "too short" to wear a helmet
  • Dress appropriately. In nice weather many bike commuters ride in their work clothes if they don’t have far to travel. However, many people choose to carry their work clothes in a backpack or pannier and change at work


  • Connect By Bike Video with Commuting Tips

Bicycle Routes

UW-Madison offers a strong network of bicycle and pedestrian routes, and is continuously adding new connections. Most recently, construction of the Campus Drive Pedestrian and Bicycle Path was completed. For a map of bike and pedestrian paths on campus, click here.


Campus Drive Bike Path Video



The City of Madison and Dane County bike maps are available for free at all Transportation Services office. Additional print bike maps are available for purchase at many bike shops. Free downloadable maps are also available:

Bike Racks on Buses

Why not combine biking with taking the bus? Bike racks on city buses provide the ultimate in convenience for the bicycle commuter. Let's Rack and Roll!

Bicycle Commuting Resources

Check out our other bicycle commuting information.