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Biking at AU

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May is Bike Month!

  • AU is celebrating Bike Month all of May! You can win prizes, lower your carbon footprint, and connect with other cyclists. Create a login on and log your bike trips on the dashboard to be eligible for prizes from the AU Office of Sustainability.

Bike to Work Day

  • Celebrate Bike to Work Day with AhealthyU and the Office of Sustainability on Fri, May 19! After your ride, stop by the Quad in front of MGC from 8am – 10am for breakfast, giveaways, and raffle drawings for a Capital Bikeshare membership, bike accessories, and more! Present your helmet for entry. All riders provided with Jacobs Fitness Center shower passes; you must present your AU ID to access Jacobs. Register through the Washington Area Bicycle Association to take advantage of pit stops or to join a convoy on your ride. Be sure to list American University as your employer when you register!

Bicycle Safety 

Biking is a convenient, healthy, budget-friendly, and eco-conscious way to travel around campus and to explore the region. Remember that biking in a city might be very different from what you are used to, to stay safe while biking, learn the laws and review safety recommendations. The League of American Bicyclists reminds riders to follow the law, be predictable, be conspicuous, think ahead, and ride ahead. They also offer videos and cycling tips.

Registering Your Bike

If you store a bicycle on campus, please ensure that it is registered then with Public Safety. Registering your bike helps if your bike is ever lost or stolen. Registration also allows us to track how many people on campus are using bikes so we can provide enough racks and resources.

Capital Bikeshare 

Capital Bikeshare has over 3000 bikes available throughout the city. Capital Bikeshare has a station conveniently located right across the street from Katzen Art Center and another station at the Washington College of Law in Tenleytown.

Bike Repair Stations 

Stations include bike pumps, a bike mount, and maintenance tools. Proper bike maintenance will keep your bike running smoothly for a long time. Find stations at the following locations:

  • Letts/Anderson courtyard near the bike racks
  • Leonard Hall in the covered bike parking
  • School of International Service parking garage on terrace level
  • Spring Valley Building parking garage on level P1

Please report issues with the bike repair stations to 2fix

Commuter Bicycle 

Benefit Commuters who primarily travel by bicycle to campus can receive $20 per month for biking to work. This monthly incentive comes as a Commuter Check for Bicycling voucher valid for bicycling gear and services at participating bicycle shops nationwide. The vouchers can be spent each month, or accumulated for a larger purchase.

NOTE: In accordance with the federal legislation that makes this tax free program available, this benefit is available only to commuters who are not enrolled in any other transit or parking benefit.

To enroll:

  • Visit PayFlex and select “Employee Log In” at the top of the page. If you haven’t yet registered in the system, use your Social Security Number as your “Member ID” and your home zip code as the “Zip Code”

  • Follow the instructions on screen to register a username and password and login to HealthHub with your new Username and Password. You will be taken to “My Dashboard.”

  • Select “Commuter Benefits” from the green menu on the left hand side.

  • On the Commuter Benefits page, select “Bicycle Order” from the left navigation.

  • Follow the on-screen instructions. You can opt to receive two $10 vouchers or one $20 voucher.

  • Your Commuter Benefits order will be mailed to your address of record in the system as of the 13th of the month preceding the benefit month.

Contact Human Resources with any questions.

Additional Bicycle Resources

District Department of Transportation

DC Bicycle Maps


Capital Bikeshare

American University Bicycle Rack Map

Washington Area Bicyclist Association