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Biking at AU

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.

Letts and Anderson 

Bike Pumps Bike repair stations are located in front of both Letts and Anderson. These stations include bike pumps, a bike mount, and other maintenance tools. Proper bike maintenance will keep your bike running smoothly for a long time.

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