Spartan Cycles

UNCG Spiro Spartan on bike

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 UNCG was the first school in the state recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly University!

BICYCLE REGISTRATION:

Bicycle registration is FREE and strongly encouraged. Benefits include:

  • Discounts at local bike shops
  • FREE basic maintenance
  • FREE Emergency Ride Home
  • FREE prizes at bike events
  • Increase likelihood of return if bike is lost or stolen
  • Occasional Parking Program

Click here to register your bike online.

Occasional Parking Program for Registered Cyclists
Commuter students and employees whose primary mode of transportation is a bicycle may purchase temporary parking permits to use when they occasionally need to drive a motorized vehicle to campus if the driver does not already have a parking permit.
  • $1 per day for Park & Ride daily scratch off permit
  • $3 per day for A or C lot daily scratch off permit

Registration forms are available in the Parking Operations & Campus Access Management (POCAM) office adjacent to the Walker Avenue Parking Deck.

Bike Instructions

To complete the registration process, you will need to know:

Serial number – Usually located under
bottom bracket of bike

Frame size – See photo for measuring instructions

Wheel size – Usually listed on the bike tire

Sticker placement – The larger sticker is to be placed on the longest bar of the bike frame. See picture for placement.

Photo courtesy of Stanford University.

If you have any difficulty finding this information, please bring your bike to the parking office so our staff may assist you and take a photo of the bike. Once registered, you will be issued a bike permit sticker to be placed on the longest bar of the bike frame.


DISCOUNTS AT LOCAL BIKE SHOPS:

Please show your UNCG Spartan Card ID to receive discounts at these participating bicycle shops:

deoro
10% DISCOUNT ON MERCHANDISE
Cycles de Oro, 701 Hill St., Greensboro, NC 27408
(336) 274-5959 – www.cyclesdeoro.com
Recycles
10% DISCOUNT ON MERCHANDISE
Recycles Bike Shop, 908-A Spring Garden Street, Greensboro, NC 27403
(336) 370-9099 – www.recyclesbikeshop.com
Rei
10% DISCOUNT ON A NOVARA PRODUCT
REI, 3334 West Friendly Ave, Greensboro, NC 27410
(336) 999-4734 – www.REI.com
Revolution
10% DISCOUNT ON MERCHANDISE
Revolution Cycles, 1907 Spring Garden Street, Greensboro, NC 27403
(336) 852-3972 – www.revolutioncyclesnc.com
TREK 10% DISCOUNT ON MERCHANDISE
Trek, 1209 Battleground Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27408
(336) 273-0111 – trekbicyclesstoregreensboro.com

MAINTENANCE & REPAIR:

Dero Fixit stations with all the tools needed for basic bike repairs and maintenance are located in 4 convenient campus locations:

  • Walker Avenue Circle near the library towerand Elliott University Center
  • Gray Drive across from the GoveStudent Health Center
  • Spring Garden Street between Jefferson Suitesand Tower Village
  • McIver Deck near the convenience storeand Exit Express pay station.

A tire pump and bike toolbox is kept in the parking office at Walker Deck. Tools may be checked out for loan to registered cyclists with valid UNCG Spartan Card ID.

Visit bicycletutor.comfor instructions and demonstration videos. Need assistance? Email bike@uncg.edu to schedule an appointment with a Spartan Cycles bike tech or visit a local bike shop.

repair
Bike repair Corrosion Prevention – If a bike is exposed to moisture, dry off the bicycle as soon as possible. Lubricants and rust inhibitor solutions may be helpful as well.ABC Quick Check A fast and easy way to inspect a bike is the ABC Quick Check which takes less than 30 seconds: A – Air, B – Brakes, C – Chains / Cranks / Cassette, Q – Quick ReleasesBike inspection demonstration videos are available on YouTube and Cyclist View Inner Tube.

PUBLIC TRANSIT:

GTA and HEAT buses are equipped with bicycle racks located on the front of the bus. Racks can accommodate up to two (2) bicycles at a time. Bicycles are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis; bikes are not permitted on board vehicles. Loading and unloading bicycles on HEAT and GTA vehicles is the sole responsibility of the rider. As your bus approaches, please have your bike ready to load and secure any loose items on the bike. Once the vehicle comes to a stop, notify your bus operator you will be loading a bicycle onto the bus bicycle rack. From the Bike on buscurbside, lower the light-weight rack and lift your bike into position in the rack’s wheel wells. Pull the support arm out and up over the front tire of the bike. Then board the bus and be seated. HEAT and GTA are not responsible for your bicycle while in transit. Once you reach your destination, advise the bus operator you will be removing your bike from the rack. To unload your bike, follow the loading instructions in reverse.

PART buses are equipped with bike racks that hold up to two bikes. The bike racks are easy to use and best of all; your bike rides for free! You may use the exterior bike racks during all hours of operation on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a limit of two bicycles per bus. Please be sure to remove anything from your bike that may possibly fall off during the trip. For safety and security reasons, the bus operator is not permitted to leave the bus to assist with the loading or uploading of bicycles. You are responsible for loading, securing, and unloading you r bike in a safe and timely manner. Securement arms are provided and must be used to hold the bike in place during travel. For your safety, when leaving the bus, let the operator know that you plan to unload your bike and never step into the street side of the bus when loading or unloading you bike. Photo courtesy of PART.


PARKING AND STORAGE:

Secure bikePlease secure your bicycle to a bike rack using a sturdy lock. Using one or two U-locks with a 6-foot chain (the thicker the better) will allow you to lock your bike to any bike rack and secure your wheels too. However, be aware that chains and cables may be cut so never entrust your bicycle to a thin cable or simple chain lock alone. Standard inverted U racks accommodate two bikes per loop. If a bike rack is full, please go to another rack.

When parking your bike, please do not obstruct walkways, railings, doorways or ramps intended for use by pedestrians or people with disabilities. And please never chain a bike to a stair rail, light post, sign post, or tree. Also, do not obstruct doorways, railings, walkways, or ramps intended for use by pedestrians or people with disabilities. Improperly parked bikes may be removed and impounded by university police.

 

 Bike Parking Tips

  • Only park at designated bike racks on campus.
  • If a bike rack is full, please go to another rack.
  • A U-lock combined with a thick, heavy chain is recommended.
  • Please do not risk damage to your bike by securing it improperly.
  • Never leave accessories or loose items on your bike.
  • Never secure a bike to a light pole, sign post, railing, stairwell, bench, tree, or other undesignated area.

Indoor Bike Parking Facilities
Indoor bike parking is available on the ground level of the School of Education building accessible from Kenilworth Street; lockers and showers for cyclists are down the hall. Additional shower facilities available to bike commuters are located inside the Coleman building on the ground floor west side near the athletics equipment room. Also, the Kaplan Wellness Center offers complimentary shower passes for faculty and staff cyclists. Residential students living in Phillips-Hawkins and The Quad have indoor bike storage rooms. Covered bike parking is also available inside the Spring Garden Apartments parking garage.

Residence Hall Bicycle Policy
All residence halls have outdoor bike racks and many also provide indoor bike parking. If a bike is found anywhere other than a designated bike rack or inside a resident’s room, s/he will be asked to remove the bike immediately. If the bike is not removed within 24 hours, university police may impound the bike. Please walk your bicycle when indoors. In the interest of public safety, bikes should never be ridden inside buildings.

Lost or Stolen Bikes
If your bike is lost or stolen, please contact UNCG Police to file a police report. You will be asked to provide your bicycle registration number, serial number, and a description of your bike (make, model, size, and color). If you witness a bike theft or other crime in progress, go to the nearest blue emergency phone to contact the police. If you are calling from a campus land line phone, the emergency phone number is 44444. If you are calling from a cell phone, call (336) 334-4444. The non-emergency phone number is (336) 334-5963.

Abandoned and Improperly Parked Bicycle Abatement
A bicycle may be tagged as abandoned if found in the same location over an extended period of time (two weeks or more) with any combination of missing parts, cobweb covered, flat tire, and/or rusted chain. Improperly parked bikes chained to benches, light poles, sign posts, railings, stairwells, and other undesignated areas may be tagged as well. If a tagged bicycle is registered then an attempt will be made to contact the bike owner. If the bike is not registered and/or the bike owner does not take corrective action then university police may impound the bike. This abatement process is performed on an ongoing basis around campus. Please register your bike so you can be notified in case it is tagged.  NOTE: The University is not responsible or liable in any way for lost, stolen, or damaged bicycles or bike accessories. The University is not responsible for the cost of locks, chains, other security devices, or any other item that may be damaged or destroyed as a result of impounding any bicycle. The University has no responsibility or liability to replace or make compensation for such items.


SAFETY TIPS:

  • ABC Quick Check before you ride
  • Always wear a helmet
  • Do not ride on the sidewalk
  • Do not use a cell phone while riding
  • Obey all traffic laws at all times
  • Register your bike for use on campus
  • Ride at a safe speed for conditions
  • Ride in the same direction as traffic
  • Ride on the right side of the roadway
  • Stop at stop signs and red lights
  • Use bike lanes where available
  • Use hand signals
  • Use lights and reflectors
  • Watch for turning cars
  • Yield right of way
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
Bike riding

While riding your bicycle, obey all traffic laws at all times. First and foremost, buy and wear a bicycle helmet to greatly reduce the risk of head injury or death. Hopefully you will never “hit the road” without one! And be aware that even the best helmet has limitations. Understanding rider responsibilities, rules of the road, and defensive cycling strategies are the keys to bicycle safety.

Every person riding a bicycle has all the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles. Riders may be cited for unsafe behavior (running stop signs, riding at an unsafe speed for conditions, riding on the wrong side of the road or on sidewalks, etc.).

Cyclists riding at night are encouraged to wear light clothing and use front white lights, rear red reflectors and flashers, pedal and side reflectors.

For detailed safety information, visit the North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation site.


SPARTAN CYCLES RENTALS AND BIKE SHARE:

Rental bikes are available through a UNCG partnership with Recycles on Spring Garden. Fall 2016 pricing can be seen here.

If your department or student group is interested in bike sharing, please email bike@uncg.edu for more information.


UNCG PEDAL CLUB:

Interested in group rides and cycling news? Look for the UNCG Pedal Club on Facebook.


LINKS:

Connect to advocacy groups, local interest groups, bike maps, safety tips and more…


QUESTIONS?
Please call (336) 334-5681 or email bike@uncg.edu for assistance.