Bicycling at Georgia Tech

Bicycles on a bike rack

Bike & Scooter Safety Classes

A man biking on a bike lane.

Georgia Tech offers online Ride Smart bicycle and scooter, safety classes as a collaboration of GTPD, PTS, and the Campus Recreation Center. In this 12 minute class, you can learn how to share the road safely, laws regarding riding on and around campus, general equipment set up, and maintenance. Classes are open to all Georgia Tech students, faculty, and staff. No pre-registration is required to participate, and persons that complete the class can receive a free helmet after taking a short quiz.

 

E-Bike Rental

A female looking at her phone behind a Spin E-bike

Spin e-bikes are offered as a resource to the Tech community for traveling on campus and beyond. Fully charged bikes are staged daily at five designated locations and may be parked throughout campus if they're not blocking access or creating a hazard. We request they be parked, as with scooters, near but not at bike racks. Sign up with your GT email for community incentives.

Spin will be allowed to distribute the e-bikes at five designated locations on campus:

  • Near the entrance to the Curran parking deck on Turner Place
  • Techwood Drive near Ferst Drive
  • Techwood Drive across from Bobby Dodd Stadium
  • Ferst Drive in front of the CRC
  • Near the entrance to the Area 4 parking lot at Ferst Drive/State Street

Bike Rooms in Dalney and Tech Square Parking Decks

Image of bike racks.

The Dalney (W22) and Tech Square (E81) parking decks feature secure, covered bike parking for commuters. Students, faculty, and staff have access to the bike rooms via BuzzCard.

The Dalney room is accessed via Dalney Street and also has a fix-it station. The Tech Square room is accessed via the pedestrian entrance on William Street. Bikes should be secured to the racks by their frames, not by the wheels or other removable parts; U-locks are recommended.

Students may store their bike in the Dalney bike room between semesters including during the summer. Please remove any valuable items such as lights, bags, etc.

There are no fees to enter, however, bikes are required to be registered via GTPD.  For further info please email commute@gatech.edu.

How to Lock Your Bike

Bicycle U- lock
  • Use a U-lock. U-locks offer the best theft deterrence, as they better resist prying and cutting than a cable. U-locks are available at Starter Bikes.
  • Lock your bike to a rack, as they are designed to deter theft. Do not lock to an object that can be moved or cut. Bikes locked to objects other than racks may be impounded.
  • Secure lock through frame or rear triangle; do not lock through wheels or any part attached with a quick release.
  • Do not leave any free or easily detachable parts, such as headlights or bags, on the bike.
  • Avoid leaving bicycles locked outside overnight.

 

Tips for Riding Safely

Silhouette of a person wearing a helmet riding with the sunset behind him.

We care about bicyclists' safety! To ensure that Georgia Tech is safe for you and other travelers, please note the following:

  • Bicycles are defined as vehicles in Georgia, with the same rights and responsibilities on public roads as motor vehicle drivers. Always obey stop signs and signals.
  • Bicyclists should stay as far to the right side of the road as practicable, but may use the whole lane when necessary - if road conditions are poor, if the lane is too narrow to share the lane safely, or when turning left.
  • Motor vehicle drivers must provide at least three feet of safe passing distance when following or overtaking a bicyclist.
  • Ride predictably! Ride in a straight line, don't weave. Signal your intentions by extending either arm.
  • Be visible! Use lights and reflectors. Georgia law requires at least a white front light and red rear light or reflector when riding at night. High visibility clothing is also important.
  • Use a helmet! Make sure it fits snugly and is secured. Helmets are available in the PTS office for $12. We'd like to see all cyclists on campus wearing one! Read our Bicycles and Personal Mobility Devices Procedures and Guidelines where you'll learn more about helmet sales.
  • Never assume a motorist sees you. Make eye contact. Proceed cautiously through intersections. Pay attention- no earbuds, no phone!

Additional information may be found in Georgia Bikes' Bicyclist Pocket Guide, available online and in hard copy at the PTS customer service center.

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Starter Bikes Bike Repair

Back Wheels of Bikes in a Row, outdoors on a sunny Day

Starter Bikes is a collaborative project between Georgia Tech’s Students Organizing for Sustainability and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. Volunteers refurbish abandoned and donated bikes into low-cost, entry-level bicycles for students and community members in need of inexpensive yet reliable transportation. The program can be beneficial for people who would like to try biking without investing much money. 

For more information, visit Starter Bikes on Facebook.

Relay - Atlanta Bikeshare

A bike rack outside a Marta train station.

Relay Bikeshare is the City of Atlanta's official bike-share provider, and Georgia Tech has several stations! Approximately 60 bicycles are available at six locations on campus for short term rental - check the Relay website or app for the station/bike availability map. Monthly membership for the GT community is $10.00 and includes 90 minutes of daily ride time. The campus stations are part of the citywide network of 65 stations and 500 bikes; bikes may be picked up and dropped off at any stations throughout the city. 

Fix-it Stations and Air Pumps

Bike air pumps.

Dero Fix-it public bike repair stations are located throughout campus. Most units have pumps (with universal heads for both Schrader and Presta tire tube valves) and they all have a variety of tools for use in on-the-go repairs. Fix-it station locations are shown the GT campus map. All outdoor bike repair facilities are free for all to use!

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Bike Registration

The Institute recommends that students, faculty and staff register their bikes with the Georgia Tech Police Department. This enables the GTPD to identify the bike and contact the customer in the event that the bicycle is recovered after being lost or stolen. To inquire about stolen bikes, please contact the GTPD at 404-894-2500.

Abandoned Bikes

Bicycles are not meant to be stored at campus bike racks long term. Spaces at racks are needed for those actively traveling on campus, and bikes left for a long time can become unsightly. If a bike is deemed to be abandoned (see Bicycle Rules and Regs) it may be removed by Georgia Tech. If you believe your bike may have been removed or stolen, please submit the form below.