Bikes at Illinois Wesleyan

Bike rack in front of Hansen Student Center

We're a Bicycle Friendly University!

In October 2014, the League of American Bicyclists designated Illinois Wesleyan a Bronze-level Bicycle-Friendly University. At the time of our designation, only 100 colleges and universities around the country held BFU status, making this an especially prestigious award. A primary reason we applied for this program was to receive feedback and advice about how to become even more bicycle-friendly over the next few years. Our Bronze certification expires in October 2018, and areas the League of American Bicyclists recommends we focus our future efforts include:
  • Expanding the bike program to include all five "E"s (Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Evaluation & Planning).
  • Appointing a staff member as official Bicycle Program Manager or creating a new position.
  • Creating a campus bike master plan that will guide future plans with a long-term physical and programmatic vision for the campus, and ensuring there is dedicated funding for implementation.
  • Offering students the opportunity to register their bikes with the Security Office, and ensuring that all Security Officers are initially and repeatedly educated on bicycle traffic laws and safety.
  • Developing an education program, including an ongoing safety and awareness campaign, as well as regular bicycle safety and maintenance classes.
  • Increasing the amount of high-quality bicycle parking at popular destinations on campus - prioritizing indoor, secure, and/or covered parking where possible.

Bike Share

Since 2013, we've operated a free bike share for students, faculty, and staff. Since March 2017, we've also had a station for the communitywide bike share system, Bike Share 309. Learn more about both options here.

Bike Rental

In the fall of 2018, we are offering a bike rental pilot program. For a one-time fee of $30, up to five students can borrow one of our bike share bikes for the entire semester. If you are interested in this program, contact Michael Gorman '10 for more information.

Bike Coop

Since 2015, we've been running a small campus bike coop out of the garage behind the IT House. Intrigued?

Indoor Storage

Since 2014, students are able to sign up for access to indoor storage space in Harriett House. Access is limited to the number of bikes that will fit; learn more and sign up.

Outdoor Bike Racks

There are bike racks all over the Illinois Wesleyan campus; you can find a complete listing of them on the campus map by checking the "show bike racks" box below the map, and if you're super-interested in bike racks, you can also read our rack standards policy.

Abandoned Bikes

If you can believe it, some people leave their bikes around campus when they graduate. (Who wouldn't want to keep their bike?) So we've established a policy about when we'll cut locks and what we'll do with the bikes after that happens. (Was your bike tagged?)

Around Town

Bloomington-Normal has a fantastic bike/pedestrian artery that runs a few blocks east of campus. The Constitution Trail is a great way to get around town by bike. Work is also underway in both the City of Bloomington and the Town of Normal to improve safety and convenience for bikes on roadways with bike lanes, shared road markings and signage, and other efforts.

Curious what the best way is to get somewhere by bike? Google Maps offers bike-specific directions. You can also reach out to local cyclists on Twitter (@BikeBloNo) or on Facebook and they'd be happy to help plan your route!

Bike Committee

The GREENetwork has formed a subcommittee of bicycle advocates working to improve cycling infrastructure, educate about safety and rules of the road, and to oversee the bike share program. If you're interested in joining us, email Michael Gorman to find out when and where our next meeting will take place.