The University of Washington: Facilities Services

Biking & Walking FAQ

Biking & Walking

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Are there showers and clothing lockers on campus?

Faculty and staff with IMA memberships and all students can use the shower facilities at the IMA and at Pavilion Pool. Call 206.543.4590 for details. A few other buildings on campus also have shower and clothes locker facilities. Contact your building coordinator about availability of facilities in your building.

Where can I park my bike on campus?

Use one of many convenient bike racks throughout campus or apply to rent a bike locker. Bikes may not be parked in buildings or secured to trees WAC 478-116-605. MORE on Bike Parking

Where are the bike lockers and how do I get one?

There are close to 600 secure rental bicycle lockers in 31 campus locations for those who regularly commute to campus from an off-campus location. You can place yourself on up to 3 waiting lists. For more information, see the bike parking pages. MORE on Bike Parking

Can I receive a citation for riding in the Bike Walk Zone?

The HUB lawn and environs are a Bike Walk Zone, which means that bikes are to be walked when pedestrians are present. Violators can be issued a citation. For more information, see the Bike Walk Zone pages. More on Bike Regulations and Bike Safety

Can you help me plan my walking commute or biking commute?

Please click links for Bike mapsand bike maps. Walking maps

Who has the right of way—a pedestrian or a bicyclist?

The law requires cyclists to yield to pedestrians and give audible warning. Look for posted stop signs, yield signs and pedestrian signs and obey speed limits. Typically, bicyclists should keep to the right and pass on the left.

Is it okay to ride on sidewalks?

Bicycles may be ridden on campus sidewalks, except where posted. Please remember to ride where you are predictable. Pedestrians may not be expecting you on the sidewalk or may not see you as they approach a driveway or crosswalk.

Can I take my bike on a bus or a vanpool?

All buses and most vanpools have easy-to-load bike racks. Bikes may be loaded and unloaded on Metro buses at any bus stop or at any Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel station during all hours the tunnel is open.

What is a sharrow?

Sharrow is short for “Shared Lane Marking,” and is the pavement marking depicted by two chevrons above a bicycle. Sharrows are included in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices as a tool for marking a street as a shared roadway environment.

Why is the UW painting sharrows on campus roads?

The UW is committed to creating safe and predictable conditions for traveling on campus, and sharrows are a tool that contributes to that goal. Sharrows alert all roadway users to watch for bicyclists and show bicyclists the best position to ride on the roadway.

Where are the new sharrow markings going to be installed?

The new sharrows are being installed along the length of NE Stevens Way, Memorial Way NE, George Washington Lane NE, and Whitman Ct. In general, sharrows are being installed after intersections and some crosswalks, and spaced at intervals not greater than 250 feet thereafter, as per guidance from the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

What should I do in the presence of sharrows when I’m riding a bicycle?

Sharrows tell bicyclists where to position themselves in a shared roadway environment and remind bicyclists to share the road with pedestrians, people in cars, and other people on bicycles. When riding a bicycle on a shared roadway:

  • Be courteous and respectful of pedestrians, people in cars, and other people on bicycles
  • Ride predictably
  • Follow the speed limit and all other rules of the road
  • Ride in the correct direction of travel

What should I do in the presence of sharrows when I’m driving a car?

Sharrows tell car drivers where on the roadway bicyclists are likely to be and remind car drivers to share the road with pedestrians, people on bicycles, and other people in cars. When driving a car on a shared roadway:

  • Be courteous to pedestrians, people on bicycles, and other people in cars
  • Drive predictably
  • Follow the speed limit and all other rules of the road
  • Keep an eye out for pedestrians, people on bicycles, and other cars when turning and changing lanes
  • Where passing is allowed, pass people on bicycles on the left at a safe distance and speed. Do not pass people on bicycles in the “No Passing” areas on Stevens Way.
  • When parking your car, check for people on bicycles before opening your door

Can I still drive a car on streets with sharrows?

Yes. Sharrows indicate that a street is a shared roadway where all users are welcome.

What is the difference between sharrows and bicycle lanes?

Bicycle lanes are portions of the roadway designated for the exclusive use of people on bicycles, and motor vehicles are generally excluded from this space. In contrast, sharrows are used to indicate that a roadway is a shared space where bicyclists and drivers are all welcome.

If I don’t see sharrows on a road, does that mean bicyclists aren’t supposed to be there?

No. People on bicycles are allowed to ride on all University of Washington roadways, regardless of whether they are marked with sharrows. The sharrows alert drivers to expect bicyclists on the road. In general, UW roads marked with sharrows carry higher volumes of bicycles and cars.