Carnegie Mellon University
September 05, 2023

Bike to Campus Week, Sept. 11-15

By Michelle Porter

Michelle Porter
  • Director

Want to start riding around campus but not sure where to start? Looking to meet other people into bike riding? Get set with everything you need during Bike to Campus Week from Monday, Sept. 11, through Friday, Sept. 15. View details about the week's events below. For questions, email Karen Brooks at

Used Bike Sale
Our 2023 used bike sale is now over. We sold more than 40 bikes in just six hours! To those that missed out, here are some local bike shops that also sell used bikes: Free Ride PittsburghTHICK BikesKraynick’s Bike Shop (does not currently have stock but will soon). We will offer a used bike sale again next fall — watch the Transportation website for news. If you need to pick up a bike you have purchased, please contact our office to make arrangements.

Sept. 11-15, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
“Bike cage” in Gates Garage (enter via Hamerschlag Dr.)
Each morning from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. during the week, we will sell used bikes that have been abandoned on campus. Bikes will be priced cheap! They are sold as-is, with various levels of repairs needed. Basic help on fit and repairs will be offered.

Carnegie Mellon Bike Fair
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 12-4 p.m.
Merson Courtyard - Outside the Cohon University Center
Join us for a Bike Fair! Get lots of help biking around town with free BikePGH Bike Maps and Urban Biking guides, info on POGOH bikeshare, mechanical advice, anti-theft bike registration, information on biking resources and more.

Operation Illumination
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 5-7 p.m.
Sidewalk at Forbes and Morewood
BikePGH’s Operation Illumination program distributes free front and rear bike lights and helmets to those riding without them, while supplies last. Just stop by with your unlit bicycle to receive your own set of lights, or unprotected head to receive a helmet.

Campus Bike Tour
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 5-6 p.m.
Meet at the Walking to the Sky Statue
Join us for a campus tour of all things related to biking. Find out about the best routes from campus to nearby points (including a few secret shortcuts), bike parking hints, locations of repair stations and more. Starts at 5 p.m. at the Walking to the Sky statue. Bike and helmet required.

Confident City Cycling Class
Thursday, Sept. 14, 4-7 p.m.
The Pitt Bike Cave, outside Hillman Library, Pitt Campus
The University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University will co-host a Confident City Cycling bike class. Learn from certified instructors how to get ready to ride, basic bike-handling skills, and safer, legal ways to navigate city streets. This three-hour on-bike class will start with drills on sheltered pavement and move to learning as a group on local streets. The class is open to all university students, faculty and staff at all universities participating in Bike to Campus Week: Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Point Park University and the University of Pittsburgh. All participants must wear a helmet and know how to ride a bicycle. Registration required: register here.

Friday Fun Ride
Friday, Sept. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Bike Cave, outside Hillman Library, Pitt Campus
Join the Pitt Bike Cave on a four-mile group ride to Point State Park (eight miles round trip). Group riding is a great way to learn how to navigate the streets by bike and gain confidence through experience. The group ride is open to everyone, from beginner to experienced bicyclists. The ride will be split into two groups: one for those who want to ride fast and one for those that want to take it slow. Helmets, bike lights, and reflective or bright clothes are strongly recommended. Registration is encouraged, but not required, and will open two days prior to the ride. Ride meets at 5:30, departs at 6:00 and finishes 7:00-7:30.