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Alternative Transportation


Sharrows on campus

What is a Sharrow?
  • A MUTCD approved shared lane marking
  • Clarifies where, in that lane, people on bikes should ride (people may still bike on campus roads without sharrows)
  • Reminds people on bikes to avoid the “door zone” (Space needed for parked vehicles to open their doors)
  • When sharrows are present, people on bikes should follow all vehicular laws

How do you use a Sharrow?
  • As a reminder that people on bikes may take the full lane
  • As a reminder to people on bicycles stay out of the “door zone”
  • As a reminder to people in cars to share the road
  • To create a more inclusive and considerate roadway experience, remember; Hokies Respect!

New Campus Bicycle Maps


Hokie Bike Hub

The Hokie Bike Hub serves as a bicycle maintenance and commuter education center. At the Bike Hub, cyclists have access to tools and resources for self–service bike repair. Cyclists can also attend bike-themed workshops or learn how to maintain and repair bikes through one–on–one sessions with Alternative Transportation staff. Through these initiatives, the Bike Hub has become the home of bicycling on campus and serves as a social space for cyclists to interact with and learn from one another. It is located in the Alternative Transportation Center, 1330 Perry Street, on the ground floor of the Perry Street Parking Garage; it is open 9:00am – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday with bicycle assistance available 9:00am – 6:00pm Tuesday through Friday.

Hokie Bike Hub Services:
  • Tools and resources for self–service bike repair.
  • One–on–one bike maintenance lessons with Alternative Transportation staff.
  • Bike registration.
  • Bike maps and informational brochures.

Interested in joining the Hokie Bike Hub Listserv for updates and upcoming maintenance workshops?

  • Address an email to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.VT.EDU
  • In the message body, type the following: subscribe Bike_Hub First-name Last-name

Bicycle Registration

Bicycle registration is free, easy, and required. Bicycles not registered may be fined or impounded.

Register your bike online with Parking and Transportation. You will need the serial number from your bike in order to complete the registration form. The serial number is normally located on the bottom of the bike frame.

Bicycle registration is a theft deterrent, and owners are more easily notified of abandoned, lost, stolen, or found bicycles if the bike is registered.

Campus Bicycling Rules

  • Bicycling is allowed on all paved surfaces, grass, and other designated routes.
  • When operating on roadways, bicyclists must observe all rules applicable to moving vehicles
  • Obey all traffic regulations; i.e., lights, stop signs, signals, etc.
  • When operating on shared–use pathways, bicyclists must yield to pedestrians.
  • Virginia state law requires a rear reflector and a headlight when riding at night.
  • Virginia state law prohibits the use of headphones or earphones in both ears when operating a bicycle.

Safety Advice

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Watch for people exiting vehicles.
  • Bicyclists riding on roadways are safest when acting as a driver of a vehicle.
  • Remember that most accidents occur at intersections.
  • Per state law, always signal to indicate a turn.
  • Per state law, alert pedestrians when passing from behind.

Bicycle Parking

  • Bicycles must be parked at bicycle racks except when permission has been granted to keep them inside a campus building.
  • Bicycles may be kept inside of residence hall rooms with the permission of the roommate. Bicycles may not be kept in other areas of residence halls.
  • A department head may grant permission for a bicycle to be kept in an office.
  • Bicycles may not be parked at any structure other than a bicycle parking rack.
  • Do not leave your bicycle on the sidewalk, lawn, next to a building, in a parking space designed for a motor vehicle, or chained to a tree, post, parking meter, light post, banister, or other structure.
  • Bicycles chained to handicap access areas will be impounded.

Theft Prevention

  • When locking your bike, always secure both the frame and quick release wheel to the rack with your lock.
  • Invest in a lock that will provide adequate security in relation to the cost of the bicycle. A $2.00 chain lock on a $1,000 bike is not a wise investment.
  • All bicycles on–campus must be registered with Parking and Transportation. A Bicycle Registration Form is available for easy registration.
  • Keep a record of the bicycle's serial number, make, model, and registration.

If your bicycle is stolen and recovered, or impounded, you must be able to provide the serial number or Parking and Transportation registration information as proof of ownership.

Questions? Comments?

Contact us at or by telephone at 540–231–2116.

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