Two students ride on Spin bikes across campus

Biking Need-to-Knows and New Spin Rentables

Quick Summary

  • Review important bike safety tips, find out where to get free helmets and lights and learn about the new campus partnership with Spin, a Bay Area company that provides community access to rentable electric bikes and scooters.

If there’s one constant on the UC Davis campus, it’s bikes! With the start of every new school year comes the need to review the key rules, tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your biking experience here at Davis.

New this year is the campus partnership with Spin, a San Francisco-based company that provides various cities and campuses with rentable electric bikes and scooters.

All About Biking

Back to the Basics

Recommended route to get from West Village to Health Sciences and Central Campus
A couple of the recommended bike-safe routes from West Village to Central Campus.

Helpful articles like "Bicycle Need-to-Knows" and "Aggie Cycling 101" outline some of the most important rules of the road for biking around campus and in town. This information is important to review periodically and will provide you with a solid foundation to being a safe and confident rider. Additionally, if you are biking to campus from West Village or the Green, Transportation Services has created a brand new guide on the best, and safest, ways to get to campus.

Safety First!

Help foster a safe biking environment on campus by wearing a helmet and securing a bike light. The Helmet Hair, Don’t Care program provides FREE helmets to those who complete a short bike education training and sign the pledge. And, the Lit Not Hit program provides FREE rechargeable bike lights to those who complete the short training and sign the pledge.

To keep both yourself and your bike safe, ride responsibly! Keep yourself up to date on the rules of the road, and ride sober. Check out Safe Party for resources that will help make your night out a fun and successful one. 

To prevent theft, lock your bike up with a quality lock. Learn more about the do's and don’ts of securing your bike on the Transportation Services Biking Parking & Security webpage.

Student bike mechanics work on bikes in the Bike Barn
Student mechanics work on repairs at the Bike Barn. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

Need Bike Help?

Check out the Bike Barn! It is a full service bike shop providing repairs, bike sales, rentals and more to the UC Davis community and general public. It is student run and managed, which helps them understand the needs of current students. 

Most of all, have fun and be safe! Visit the Transportation Services website for more information on biking in Davis.

All About Spin

Starting this fall, if you’re running late for a class or meeting across campus, you can speed up your trip by renting an electric bike or scooter from Spin, a company that has partnered with UC Davis and the city of Davis to bring devices to the area.

Spin offers e-bikes, as well as e-scooters. The e-bikes are pedal driven, with electric motor assist. There are also options for wheelchair users, as well as sit-down scooters and other adaptive devices available upon request. A number of e-devices have been deployed across campus already, with these numbers planning to scale up to 400 e-bikes and 200 e-scooters as the school year starts in earnest. 

Visit Transportation Services to learn more about the program, including how to use the app, cost and discounted access, safety tips, “no ride zones,” parking locations and more.

Person locking their Spin bike to a campus bike rack.
Person locking their Spin bike to a campus bike rack.


However you get around campus, make sure to stay safe and have fun. Follow on Instagram for more student-centered content like this, as well as fun events and important announcements!

About the Author

Robin Dewis, a fourth-year English and Medieval Studies major, is the editorial and content creation assistant at Student Affairs Marketing and Communications.

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