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Cycling at McMaster
SoBi Bike Share
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Cycling Around Hamilton
Cycling in the City

Hamilton can be a spectacular place to cycle, and McMaster and its Student Union are working hard to support the many cyclists that come to campus each day. There are more than 1963 bike parking spaces on campus, scroll down to explore your options.

Click on the links above to learn more about cycling at Mac, including "end of trip" amenities like bike racks and shower facilities, and the membership benefits of MACycle Co-op. You will also discover information about Hamilton's cycling culture, pick up some cycling tips, and review cycling rules & regulations.

Cycling at McMaster

SoBi Bike Share

McMaster Bike Share has been a great success on campus. Social Bicycles are a great way to commute without hassle. Bicycles are available at several 'hubs' on campus, and can be rented out for any amount of time, and can be reserved to ensure a bike is available at a hub near you. McMaster students and staff are eligible for a discount. Click here to learn more and sign up! Don't have a bike for Bike to Work Day? Rent a SoBi Bike!!


McMaster is fortunate to be home to its very own non-profit bicycle repair shop. Run by the MSU, MACycle Co-op is not your regular bike shop. In addition to providing repairs and advice, they also believe strongly in empowering people to do their own repairs. To that end MACycle provides cheap access to bike repair tools and offers cheap used parts for the struggling student.

As well, MACycle is in a partnership with the City of Hamilton to save bikes that were headed for landfill. MACycle collects them, fixes them up and sells them cheap to members of the McMaster community.

Bike Parking & Storage

Bike racks

All bikes stored outdoors on campus must be locked to a bike rack. Please do not secure bikes to trees, fences, benches or railings. Fortunately, there are more than 1800 bike rack parking spaces located at McMaster's main campus, and additional bike racks will be coming this spring! Map of bike rack locations

CycleSafe Bike Lockers

McMaster University maintains 28 CycleSafe bike lockers which are available for rent by members of the McMaster community. One set of lockers is located on a portion of the motorcycle pad between JHE and BSB to serve the south end of campus. The second set of lockers is located near the parking lot on the north side of TSH, to serve the north end of campus. The newest addition is located on the cement pad at the north side of E.T. Clarke Centre. Rentals are $40/semester or $100 for one year. Those interested in renting a bike locker can take their application form to McMaster's Parking Services. Please forward questions to

Secure Bike Storage Facilities

McMaster maintains a secure bike storage facility on the west side of Chester New Hall. This facility can house 48 bikes, has video surveillance and swipe card access. Space is available for $5/term. Those interested in obtaining a parking space in the Facility can take their application form to McMaster's Parking Services. Please direct questions to

Hamilton Health Sciences and Faculty of Health Sciences staff, faculty and students have access to the secure bike storage facility located on the East side of the Hospital. There is no charge, but passes are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The facility houses space for 40 bikes, has video surveillance and swipe card access. Applicants will be contacted to make arrangements for their photo ID to be programmed with Proxima Card Access.  Please forward completed applications to Security Services, HSC1D8, attention: Bicycle Shelter. Please direct questions to Derek Bailey at Security Services (905) 521-2100 ext. 76159,

Bike Storage in Residence

For students in residence, bikes can be stored in designated storage areas inside your building. Ask your Community Advisor for a key when you move in.

For everyone else, bicycles are only allowed to be stored indoors with the approval of a supervisor in your work area.

Lockers & Showers

Biking can be quite a workout, so it's nice to have somewhere to change. There are showers and change rooms located in the David Braley Athletic Centre. For students, their use is included in tuition fees. Staff and faculty may purchase a four month pass or a daily guest pass for occasional use to access showers.

There are also showers and change rooms located in a number of other buildings on campus,such as in the basement of ETB and the second floor of IAHS. Ask your building supervisor about facilities that might be available to you.

Cycling Around Hamilton

Cycling in the City

Hamilton's Waterfront Trail offers superb shared use facilities for recreational and commuter cyclists. Click on the related links to the right for more information on cycling around Hamilton.

May 2, 2017

News and Events

Bike to Work Day

Join us on Monday, May 29th to participate in the 2017 Bike to Work Day! If you are cycling to campus in the morning for work, make sure you look for the student employees at the campus entrances who will supply you with a granola bar and a high-five to celebrate cycling!

SoBi Bike Share success

Below is a table that shows the statistics of SoBi bicycle use on campus for the 2016 year. The McMaster University Student Centre was reported to be the most-used hub in the city of Hamilton!


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