Carnegie Mellon University

Community members and visitors are welcome to use approved personal wheeled vehicles – such as bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates, scooters and Segways – to safely navigate CMU's main campus. These vehicles are a great way to exercise, have fun, meet people and travel in an environmentally sustainable way. Keep reading for resources, events, guidance and even inspiration to help make it easier to ride your wheels at CMU!

The Basics

Whether you are a beginner or practiced rider, there are numerous bike and wheeled-vehicle resources to help enhance your riding experience.

Need a bike? Learn more about buying or borrowing riding equipment.

Want to improve your skills? Check out our wheeled-vehicle classes and education.

Getting Around

On Campus

Navigate Carnegie Mellon on your wheeled vehicle with the university's campus maps, or check out the location of campus bike and scooter racks and repair stations. If you use your CMU ID for public transportation, University of Pittsburgh shuttles and Pittsburgh Regional Transit buses also offer bike racks to store your bicycle during transit. When using wheeled vehicles on campus, please follow the safety guidelines and requirements below.

  • Know before you go: read CMU’s policy on using personal wheeled vehicles on campus before you start your trek.
  • Stay alert! Be aware of your surroundings and leave at least one ear headphone-free.
  • Store your phone while riding to have both hands free to control your vehicle.
  • Ride in a straight line so that others can predict where you are going.
  • Wear a helmet to avoid serious injury.
  • Follow speed limits. On campus, this means a maximum of five miles per hour while on paths shared with pedestrian traffic.
  • Yield to pedestrians or bikes already in traffic circles and on paths.
  • Stay to the right unless passing and pass only on the left, when safe to do so – announce your intentions ("On your left!") to help others be prepared.
  • Remain on paved paths. No wheeled vehicle should be operated inside campus buildings, on access ramps, or in landscaped or grass areas.
  • Observe official dismount zones and walk your vehicle whenever campus traffic is congested. To continue to ensure safety for all sharing campus walkways, CMU will be implementing dismount zones – defined areas where riders must dismount and walk their wheeled vehicles along shared paths – on its main campus starting in August 2024. Keep an eye on this webpage for details as they develop.
  • Protect your property – Try to store or lock your bikes and electronic scooters on designated bike racks and register your bike with the university so that we have its make, model and serial number recorded in the event that it is stolen.

Beyond CMU

Riding around Pittsburgh can be intimidating for cyclists with its steep hills and sometimes cold weather, but the city has a strong bicycle advocacy organization, an active cycling culture and over 100 miles of bike lanes and riverside trails, which are good for walking, too! (A paper copy of the trails map is also available at the Transportation Services office.) There is also a set of easy bicycle loops near CMU, created by CMU professors Mary Shaw and Roy Weil.

CMU's Philosophy on Campus Mobility

video screenshot that links to CMU's overall philosophy on campus mobility
As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability and efficient regional development, CMU continues to invest in “green” methods of transportation.
Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly University

logo showing CMU's silver-level Bicycle Friendly University status for 2022-206
Learn more about the Bicycle Friendly University program from the League of American Bicyclists.
"Pittsburgh: The Steel Biking City"

A short film about local cycling culture and bicycle-friendly street improvements, including interesting nearby features.