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I’m Taiya Bell, a sophomore at Georgia State University Clarkston campus and my major is Film.
Why I commute by bike to campus: I save money on gas, I don’t pollute the air like I would if I drove, and I stay active!
Bike Commute to campus Schedule: I bike to campus as much as possible, specifically whenever it isn’t raining.
Benefit to commuting by bike: I get to campus much faster.
Advice for future/beginner bike commuters at GSU: Don’t give up when things get rough. Choose to ride your bike over driving because it’s the best investment you can make for your health and ultimately your wealth.
My name is Roby Greenwald, Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences, School of Public Health.
Why I commute by bike to campus: I bike to campus because it is the most enjoyable commute mode, it’s great exercise, it’s the fastest way to get here, it’s the cheapest mode, and it has the smallest environmental footprint.
Bike Commute to campus Schedule: When campus is open, 5 days a week.
Benefit of commuting by bike: It’s fun, great exercise, fast, and cheap.
Advice for future/beginner bike commuters at GSU: There are some great bike-friendly routes to campus. If possible, try a route with less traffic until you build more confidence. Then get involved to help make all streets safer for all users.
Touch the Earth (GSU Bike Rental Program)
Bikes are available for rental at an affordable price for up to three days for students, staff, and faculty at GSU. Visit Touch the Earth for campus bike rentals. See their site for more information!
Location: 119 Gilmer St SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Behind the Recreation Center near the “S” Parking Deck
A new comprehensive bicycle recycling program will be starting up at Georgia State University! This will be a program aimed at repairing GSU’s abandoned bikes to be made available for all students, faculty, and staff at Georgia State.
This program is a collaborative project with Panther Bikes and will be GSU’s very first free teaching-oriented bike shop open to the whole university body!
Keep a look out for updates! See Panther Bikes’s Facebook page or get on their Email list for the latest details.
Login to Parking Portal with your Campus ID and Password, and then click “Vehicles” on the top left corner of the page, it will take you to the page “Manage your Account Vehicles”. There you can add or update your Vehicle/Bicycle information.
How to register your bike (Shown with image):
Use your serial number (normally found underneath the bottom bracket where the two pedal cranks meet) for “Plate” Field.
Also be sure to choose “BICYCLE” for the “Make” Field.
DISCLAIMER: It is not required, but it is recommended that students, faculty and staff register their bikes with the GSU Transportation Department. This enables the GSUPD to identify the bike and contact you in the event that the bicycle is recovered after being lost, impounded, or stolen. A Bike’s location cannot be traced as permits have no GPS capabilities if lost or stolen. To inquire about stolen bikes, please contact the GSUPD at 404-413-3234.
Bicycle’s serial normally found underneath the bottom bracket where the two pedal cranks meet.
Staying Safe on the Roads
One large misconception about bike commuting is that it is dangerous. On the contrary bike commuting can be very safe, so long as you have the knowledge and resources to safeguard yourself! Please bike responsibly by arming yourself with all of the tools and resources necessary to ensure the safety of yourself and others.
Tips on Safety
a. Always wear a helmet!
b. Don’t use a cell phone while riding unless using a hands-free device.
c. Stop at stop signs and obey traffic signals.
d. Always ride in the direction of traffic.
e. Be visible! Have lights on your bike when riding at night. Bikes lights are available FREE to students, staff, and faculty at Pather Bikes Hub.
f. Use bike lanes when it is safe to do so.
g. Don’t expect to be seen by a vehicle driver. Be aware of vehicular blind spots.
h. Additional information can be found in Georgia Bikes Bicycle Safety Guidebook, see “Additional Resources” for details.
What to do in an accident
a. Always ride with a cell phone and personal identification
b. Dial 911! Call the police or an ambulance immediately. If you are unable to do so, ask someone to help.
c. Afterwards, call GSUPD at 404-413-3333
d. Always wait for the police to arrive and file an official report
e. Get the business card of the officer.
f. Leave your bike in the same state it was after the crash, if possible.
g. Obtain the contact information of any witnesses.
h. Immediately seek medical attention, either at the scene, the emergency room, hospital or doctor’s office. When in doubt go to the ER!
i. Take photos of injuries and your bicycle.
j. Additional information can be found on the Bike Law of Georgia website.
- Rules of the Road
- Bike Safety Classes with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
- Georgia Bikes’ Bicycle Safety Pocket Guide Book (PDF)
Where do I find physical copies on campus?
– Touch the Earth
– Panther Bikes Hub**
Where Do I Found?
There are an abundance of resources on campus for bike commuters. No matter what you are looking for, you can find it on the Bike Commuter Resources Map. Just click the down arrow to find information about all available resources throughout campus.
- Bike Parking Locations
- Student Housing Bike Parking Locations
- Fix-it Stand Locations
- Touch the Earth Location
- Panther Bikes Hub Location
- Bike Impound Location
Bike Parking on Campus
Click here to see the Bike Rack Locations in Atlanta Downtown area.
Look No More! There are plenty of FREE secure bike parking around campus! View Bike Parking options on Campus parking map, Click the down arrow to find information about all available parking.
Find secure bike parking on campus! Remember do not park along building railings, fences, signs, landscape posts, or trash bins.
Going away to Daytona Beach for Spring Break? Got that summer internship in Chicago? Need long- term secure parking for your bike? Get Long-Term Bike Parking here.
Bike Repair on Campus
Need to make a repair on the go? Find a local Fix-it Stand.
Don’t know how to use?
Please refer to the upcoming events page for a bike repair clinic to learn how to use each repair tool.
- Petit Science Center Fix- It Stand: 145 Piedmont Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30303 (has air pump)
- E-Lot Fix-it Stand: Underneath Collins St Bridge (has air pump)
- Touch the Earth Fix-it Stand: 119 Gilmer St SE, Atlanta, GA 30303 (has air pump)
- Woodruff Park Fix- it Stand: 91 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30303
- University Commons: 141 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303 (has air pump)
New to Georgia State or just getting started with your bike commute? Don’t feel alone! There is a vast biking community at Georgia State. Connect with student and faculty cyclists, bike commuters, and bike enthusiasts to fine tune your skills and to ride with others
The Panther Bikes Hub was founded by Panther Bikes, a student-led, interdisciplinary group focused on making the Georgia State University campus a bike and pedestrian-friendly area. We are a group of undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty at GSU that promotes activities to encourage bicycling, improve safety, increase bicycling parking, and shape policies for safe and healthy bicycling to, from, and around campus. Ride with us sometime!
Hub Services: We now offer long term bike parking to students, staff, and faculty members in need. Also students, staff, and faculty can receive free bike lights! Contact us for more information!
- Requirement: Bicycles must be registered with GSU Transportation at the time of storage access request.
Website link: https://pin.gsu.edu/organization/panther-bikes
Cycling Club at GSU
Social Media: Facebook- CyclingClubGSU
Prevent Bicycle Theft, “Don’t be a victim”
Did you know?
- Fact #1: “Less than 20% of bike owners know their serial number.”
- Fact #2: “1 in every 3 people will have their bike stolen”
1. Identify your Bike: Register your Bike with GSU Transportation
- After registering your bike, you will receive a bike permit decal sticker with an identificationnumber (shown with image) that help identify the owner of the bicycle in the event of an emergency.
- Registering helps you have a better chance of reuniting you with your bike if it’s ever lost or stolen, when your bike is found, GSUPD can identify and match the bike with the information you registered.
- Registered bikes can have access to Panther Bike’s storage for long-term bike parking needs. Learn More.
- Registered bikes can participate in the Bicycle Benefits Program at GSU for rewards & prizes Register NOW!
**DISCLAIMER: It is not required, but it is highly recommended that students, faculty and staff register their bikes with the GSU Transportation Department. This enables the GSUPD to identify the bike and contact you in the event that the bicycle is recovered after being lost, impounded or stolen. A Bike’s location cannot be traced as permits have no GPS capabilities if lost or stolen. To inquire about stolen bikes, please contact the GSUPD at 404-413-3234.
2. Secure Your Bicycle Properly
Method 1: Wrap the cable lock around the front wheel and frame. Use a U- Lock to secure the rear wheel, frame, and cable lock to the bike rack.
Method 2: Lock the frame, front wheel and bike rack together using a U- Lock.
Method 3: Remove the front wheel and place alongside the rear wheel. Lock to rack and around the bike frame through the rear triangle and wheels using a U- Lock.
- Always lock the frame and wheel together (not just the wheel!) to a bike rack
- Use a U- Lock. It is the best theft deterrence available.
- Keep the lock as far from the ground as possible
- Avoid locking around the top tube
- Make the lock as difficult to access as possible
- If you use a U-lock, fill as much of the internal space as possible
3. Abandoned Bike Retrieval
- If your bike is identified as abandoned (i.e. Not registered, has signs of significant neglect such as rusting, flat tire(s),and/or missing parts, etc), a 30 day citation will be issued for the owner’s notice before removing the bike.
- If the bicycle is registered with GSU Transportation, the owner will be notified.
- A bike is considered unclaimed/abandoned if the owner does not retrieve the bike within 30 days of the date of an issued citation. In the event that the bicycle is not claimed at the end of the 30 day period, it will be donated, recycled, or scrapped.
- The University reserves the rights to sell abandoned bicycles or give them to charity after a 30 day hold from the date of impound.The University is not responsible for damaged locks when removing abandoned bikes.
- If you suspect your bike has been impounded, please contact GSUPD at 404-413-3234. Impounded bikes are held for 30 days.
4. Bicycle Patrol Unit
Location: 15 Edgewood Ave SE
The Patrol Bureau provides a variety of protective and security services designed for the preservation of life and personal safety of the university community and the protection of personal and university property. The bureau works to prevent crime through aggressive community-oriented policing and visible patrol methods.
Website Link: https://safety.gsu.edu/police/
Bicycle Benefits at Georgia State
Description: JOIN the new Bicycle Benefits program at GSU! It is a progressive bicycle program that is designed to reward students, staff, and faculty for their commitment to cleaner air, personal health, and the use of pedaling energy to create a more sustainable community at GSU. The program decreases parking demand, increases helmet use, and improves bicyclists’ safety and health by putting more people on bikes!
Duration Dates: TBD
How the program works (shown with image):
- After registration, record daily mileage using Strava app. Participate in group rides and events with Panther Bikes to earn BONUS points. Learn More about Panther Bikes.
- Redeem awards in two ways:
- Bicycle Benefits Helmet Sticker: Show helmet sticker at participating local shops and restaurants to get deals (shown with image)
- Daily Bike Mileage: Record your bike mileage on Strava! Participants with the most mileage will win a grand prize at the end of the semester!
Registration For Program
Registration is simple! Get Started now and start earning rewards! Just Like that!
Steps to Register:
- Always wear a helmet
- Check the tires before use
- Focus on your surroundings while riding
- Look out for barriers and defects
- Avoid slippery surfaces
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66 Courtland St. SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
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Atlanta, GA 30302-3971