Commuting by Bike

Commuting by bike is a simple way to cut down on campus congestion and help preserve the environment – but biking to class also offers other personal benefits! Biking may improve your health, save you money, offer convenient parking and save you time in your daily commute.



Bikes on MTU > Students can ride the bus fare-free and employees can ride the bus for a minimal fare on any of the MTU's six routes throughout the greater La Crosse area as part of the U-PASS Program. Every MTU bus is equipped with a bike rack that holds two bikes. Bike permits are not required. All you need to do is just ride your bike to your bus stop, load it onto the bike rack at the front of the bus, and you're set to go! For more information, please refer to the MTU Bike 'n' Ride guide.

Bikes on Campus > The UW-La Crosse Outdoor Connection provides a variety of services to faculty, staff, and students including renting bike lockers and bikes, providing information on bike safety, bike outings and skill clinics during the semester, and maps of bike trails in the area. There are bike racks near all academic buildings as well as the residence halls.

UW-L Green Bikes Program > Overseen by Outdoor Connection, this program aims to:

  • Encourage exercise and promote healthy lifestyles
  • Encourage less automobile use
  • Ease traffic and parking congestion
  • Provide inexpensive transportation for students
  • Help keep waste out of the waste removal system

For more information on this program, visit the Green Bikes website.

La Crosse Bike Trails > The city of La Crosse is surrounded by beautiful bluffs, the great Mississippi River, and scenic marshes. If you're looking to go for a bike ride around town, check out this list of trails.

Bike Registration > It's FREE! Register your bike with the La Crosse County Sheriff's Department or with the National Bike Registry. If your bike is stolen, its serial number is needed in order to aid police in its recovery. Recovered bikes that are not registered have less chance of being returned to their rightful owners, since proof of ownership is often more difficult.  Watch for "Welcome Week" activities at the beginning of the fall semester and you can register your bike right on campus!