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Bicycling on the Cornell Campus


The ins and outs of biking on campus


Use of a bike for getting around the Cornell Campus is not new, but has been on the rise over the years and gaining much attention. In 1991, the Ad Hoc Bicycle Committee's report recommended that the Unviersity take a closer look at the infrastructure on the campus and develop a strategy for improvements. As a result, the Cornell Bikeway Project was initiated by the Office of Transportation Services. The project mandate included a comprehensive survey and analysis of bicycling on the Cornell campus - with the aim of producing the groundwork for a bicycle transportation master plan. The report - Cornell Cycles - a new call for transportation alternatives was produced from this effort.

The first concerted effort to take a comprehensive approach to bicycling at Cornell happened as a result of a grant from the Goveornor's Traffic Safety Committee in the late 1990's. The Bike Right Project brought the education, engineering, and enforcement interests to the table to begin a movement which has not waned. The report is here and the appendix is here.

Transportation and Mail Services

Hosted by the CU Transportation and Mail Services, start here for information about campus policies for non-motorized modes of travel

Big Red Bikes at Cornell

Big Red Bikes is responsibile for getting a bike share program up and running on the Cornell Campus.

Cornell Outdoor Education Program

COE offers courses on bicycling. Check them out here for more information and more links.

The Cornell Bicycle and Pedestrian Traffic Safety Committee

This committee meets monthly, covering issues pertaining to improving the cycling and walking environment on campus. Comprised primarily of staff from Transportation Services, Environmental Health and Safety, Police, Planning and the Judicial Administrator's office. Interested students and staff participate. Send email

The Cornell University Police Department

The CUPD provides and maintains a safe and orderly learning environment for the entire Cornell Community and enforces traffic around campus. Click here to visit their official website.

Cornell police bike patrol

View online

Traffic safety tips

View online

Making it easier to get around

Accessible routes, racks, and dismount zones

Cornell cycling map

View online

Wellness walking map

View online



Tompkins Consolodated Area Transit

TCAT offers service to campus as well as the greater Ithaca community, and their buses feature convenient bike racks. is a great resource for schedules, maps, and information about the local bus system.

Click here for information, instructions, and rules about riding with your bike.

ITCTC Bike Map

Our local metropolitan planning organization published a bike map for the greater Ithaca area.


City of Ithaca Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council

This commitee reviews ongoing and upcoming city projects to ensure that they accomodate and encourage safe travel by bicycle and on foot, and for the disabled while also making independent reccomendations and advocates good planning practices.

Other local resources

Bike Walk Tompkins

Is a non-profit focused on advocating, educating, and motivating Ithaca and Tompkins County to become a great place to walk and bike.  They are working collaboratively to create: 

            a culture and infrastructure so all can enjoy the benefits of active transportation (walking and biking)

            a transportation system set up to give choices, not just for cars

            a convenient and safe place to walk or bike for everyday travel

            a community where active living is encouraged

For more information::


RIBs is a unique program in Ithaca, NY that educates and assists the community with bicycle maintenance and safe cycling practices.

Finger Lakes Cycling Club

Centered in Ithaca the FLCC has over 100 members and covers full the spectrum of cycling interests. Hook up with a great group of cyclists to explore the area car-free. They can be found online at