Try bike commuting!
Biking is a great way to maintain physical distance and get some exercise while getting to work. Plus, San Francisco’s miles and miles of new Slow Streets gives new riders even more reason to start pedaling.

New to bicycling? Learn the basics with these resources and video tutorials.
Top 10 Rules of the Road
How to Lock Your Bike
Five Things You Need to Know to Get Back Into Biking
Police Commit to Vision Zero

COVID-19 Safety Tips
When using shared bikes or scooters, be sure to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces (handlebars, gears, etc.), use touchless payment when possible, and wash your hands after your ride or use hand sanitizer. To learn more, please visit our COVID-19 Safety Tips for Commuters.

UCSF offers many resources for cyclists, including bike parking, trip planning, a shower program, and more.

Bicycle Permit

Get access to secure bike parking at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay, and Mount Zion campuses by obtaining a free UCSF bike permit. All you need is valid UC identification. For additional security, registration stickers are required for all bicycles parked inside UCSF bike rooms, cages and lockers.

The easiest way to apply is online here. Once your application is processed, a bike permit sticker will be mailed to you.

Or, bring a completed application form to our Transportation offices (listed below) and you will receive your bike permit sticker in person.

If your designated work site building has an interior bike room, complete the bike permit process, then contact your building to gain access to the interior bike rooms.

Parking Office Hours & Locations for Bike Permit
Parnassus Heights campus
Millberry Union Garage
500 Parnassus Avenue, Level P7, Room 26

Mission Bay campus
Community Center Garage, at Rutter Center
1625 Owens Street, Suite 104

Mount Zion
2420 Sutter Street Garage, between Divisadero and Broderick

Bike Parking Locations

When you ride your bike to UCSF, you’ll always find parking. With sturdy racks or well-lit cages, you’ll find multiple options to easily and securely lock up your bicycle on each campus.  Found a spot, but not sure how to use a crank case bike rack? Watch the tutorial.

Laurel Heights – 3333 California
•  Enter through the California Street entrance and merge left when driveway forks - bike racks

Mission Bay – Multiple Locations
•  Community Center Garage, 1625 Owens Street - bike cage and racks
•  Genentech Hall - bike racks
•  Smith Cardiovascular Research Building - bike racks
•  3rd Street Garage - bike cage and, coming soon, lockers
•  1835 Owens Street Garage - bike cage

Mission Center Building – 1855 Folsom Street
•  Enter parking lot on 15th between Folsom and Harrision - bike racks

Mount Zion – Multiple Locations
•  1600 Divisadero Street - bike racks on the sidewalk
•  1701 Divisadero Street - bike racks on the sidewalk
•  2655 Bush Street - bike racks on the sidewalk
•  2325 Post Street - bike cage
•  2330 Post Street - bike racks on the sidewalk
•  Loading dock area across from 2340 Sutter Street - bike cage
•  2420 Sutter Street - bike cage

Parnassus – Multiple Locations
•  Ambulatory Care Center, 400 Parnassus Ave - bike racks
•  Dental Clinics, 707 Parnassus Ave - bike racks
•  Kalmanovitz Library - bike racks
•  Millberry Union Parking Garage - bike cage

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital – Multiple Locations
•  Potrero Avenue, between 22nd and 23rd Streets, Building 80 - bike racks
•  Potrero Avenue, between 22nd and 23rd Streets, Building 5 hospital main entrance - bike cage and racks

Veterans Hospital – 4150 Clement Street
•  Rack located between the main hospital and Ambulatory Care Clinics/Diagnostic Services/Pharmacy buildings

Safety Tips

Tips to prevent bike theft

Please be aware of the following steps you can take to help prevent bike theft.

• Close the bike cage door behind you
• Do not allow entry to others
• Everyone must scan their own ID badge for entry
• Lock your frame (U-lock or heavy NYC chain) and secure your wheel

Report unauthorized entry, suspicious activity, or a stolen bike to:

UCSF Police Department


Bike Parking Policy, Abandoned Bikes & Lock Cutting Service

Bike Parking Policy
1. Bicycles brought on campus must be parked in designated bicycle parking areas only, those parked in cages, lockers, and interior rooms must display a UCSF permit.
2. Bicycles parked in non-designated areas are subject to removal and impoundment.
3. Bicycles may not be stored in secured areas and will be tagged for removal and impoundment if they are not moved for a consecutive 7-day period.
4. Bicycle locks may not be attached to storage racks unless they are securing a bicycle. Locks not securing bicycles will be tagged and removed.
5. Bicycles that are impounded will be held for 90 days and the owner of record, if known, will be notified by email. Owners may reclaim bicycles from Transportation during this time with appropriate identification. Thereafter, the bicycle shall become the property of the University. A $25.00 storage/impound fee will be required to reclaim the bicycle out of impoundment.
View the full UCSF Campus Administrative Policies, Parking, section L. Bicycle Parking.

Lock Cutting Service
If your bike is on UCSF Property, and you have lost your bike keys or your bike lock is malfunctioning, Parking Operations can help (proof of ownership via bike registration is required). The lock cutting service is available by appointment only. Call the Parking Operations for Parnassus/Mount Zion at 415.476.2566 or Mission Bay at 415.476.1511 for more information or to make an appointment.

Lock cutting service is often needed because a bike owner suddenly discovers that the key will not turn in the lock, or the key breaks off in the lock when the owner tries to force it open. To prevent “stuck” locks, the following steps are recommended to be followed at least once a year or more often if your bike spends a lot of time in the rain:
• Drip several drops of machine oil (or chain lube) onto the lock mechanism
• Turn the key back and forth a few times to get the oil between the moving parts

Bicycle Shower Program

**Due to COVID-19, both Bakar and Millberry Fitness Centers are closed until further notice. The bicycle shower program will resume, once the fitness centers reopen.**

Biking to campus is a great workout. To make sure you look as fresh you feel, we’ve created a Bike To Work Shower Program in partnership with the Fitness & Recreation Centers at UCSF. Get access to a hot shower before starting your day!

•  Available to UCSF employees with a current UCSF bike permit
•  Choose one location: Mission Bay or Parnassus
•  Allows 30-minutes of access daily to the locker room for shower use only
•  Monday-Friday, 5:30 am-10:00 pm and Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 am-8:00 pm
•  Shower towel service included
•  Rental locker available for an additional fee

For Bike to Work Shower fees, contact UCSF Fitness & Recreation at 415.476.0348.

Bicycle Routes & Trip Planner
Bicycle Clubs on Campus

Curious about beginning a bike commute, want to find fellow biking enthusiasts? Join a campus biking club.

UCSF Bikes!
We are bicycle commuters and enthusiasts. Let’s promote the bicycle for everyday transportation.
•  Friendship, fellowship and fun
•  Promote UC bicycle culture
•  Discuss campus resources, infrastructure, and bicycle security
•  Share commuting and bicycling tips
•  Post bicycling volunteer opportunities and other bay-area bicycle gatherings of interest

Connect with us on Chatter via My Access. MS Teams join code: kvr69r4.
Meet cyclists systemwide on UC Bikes! on Slack
Follow the UCSF Bikes! Events Calendar

Folks on Spokes
A registered campus organization dedicated to getting people on bikes and reducing the barriers to bike commuting at UCSF.
Get more information
Follow on Twitter
View the Folks on Spokes Events

Local Bicycle Resources

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has been transforming San Francisco streets and neighborhoods into more livable and safe places by promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation. We are one of the largest and most effective bicycle advocacy groups in the country. Through our day-to-day advocacy, education and working partnerships with City and community agencies, the SF Bicycle Coalition creates safer streets and more livable communities for all San Franciscans. Get more information on maps and routes, bicycle law, urban bicycling workshops, theft and locking, issues and improvements, bike parking, and bikes on public transit.

Go to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition website for more information.
UCSF can Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for only $25 (a $10 savings).

SFMTA Bicycling in San Francisco
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco responsible for the management of all ground transportation in the city. The SFMTA has oversight over the Municipal Railway (Muni) public transit, as well as bicycling, paratransit, parking, traffic, walking, and taxis.  Get more information on Vision Zero, bike projects, maps, data, and getting around on two wheels in the city.

Go to the SFMTA Bicycling in San Francisco website for more information.

511 SF Bay
511 is your one-stop phone and web source for up-to-the-minute Bay Area traffic, transit, carpool, bicycling, and parking information. It’s free and available whenever you need it – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – from anywhere in the nine-county Bay Area. Get more information on bike commuting, maps and routes, bicycle access, safety, and cycling organizations.

Go to the 511 SF Bay website or call 511 for more information.


Bay Wheels
Bay Wheels bikes and e-bikes are now available on the Lyft app.

Visit Lyft for more information.

Important Phone Numbers

Emergencies: 911
To report hazardous road/bike path conditions: 311
To report bike accidents: Campus Security Police 415.476.1414
To report bike thefts: Campus Security Police 415.476.1414