Biking to campus can be a win-win-win, benefiting the environment, your health, and your wallet.
The University of Southern Maine (USM) aims to make biking as easy as possible by providing bike racks next to most major buildings and offering bike education through the Office of Sustainability.
All students should register their bike for free with Public Safety on the Gorham Campus. This assists in the recovery of a lost or stolen bike and serves as a way of identification.
The City of Portland, the Town of Gorham, and the City of Lewiston have also made efforts to increase bicycle usage. Portland has established bike lanes on many streets around the city, including bike lanes on Forest Avenue, Bedford Street, and Brighton Avenue surrounding the Portland campus. These lanes help you get to and from downtown from the Portland campus. The Town of Gorham recently completed a liveable streets study, with public input, in order to implement safety measures to make the town more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly. The City of Lewiston publishes a trails and bike path map within the city. For longer, more scenic rides in the Lewiston area, plan your ride on Map My Ride.
If you join GoMaine, you can log the miles you ride on your bike for points that are redeemable for tickets to raffle drawings to win prizes. GoMaine also offers annual competitions.
For help planning your biking route to and from campus, or to other destinations, check out Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Where to Ride Tool.
Taking the METRO?
If you ride the METRO bus to, from, or between campuses, and want to bring your bike, each METRO bus is equipped with three bike racks. Find out how to load your bike onto a METRO bike rack.
Bike Rack Locations
Each of our campus maps shows the locations of bike racks. Bikes should not be attached to railings or trees; they should be attached to bike racks only.
- Phillippi Hall
- Dickey-Wood Hall
- Upperclass Hall
- Upton-Hastings Hall
- Robie Andrews Hall
- Costello Sports Complex
- Bailey Hall
- Corthell Hall
- Sullivan Gym
- Science Building
- Payson Smith Hall (Side and Front Entrance)
- Maine Law Building (Multiple Bike Racks)
- Glickman Family Library
- Abromson Community Education Center
- Woodbury Campus Center
- Luther Bonney Hall
- Outside South entrance
- Outside North entrance
“Fix-It” Work Stand
On the Portland campus, we have a public bicycle work stand, called “Fix-It” — the first of its kind in Portland — to let riders make simple bike repairs on campus. Tools are attached to the stand so riders can fix breaks, gears, or other components. A bike tire pump is also included to take care of low or flat tires. It can be found next to the Woodbury Campus Center.
Great Maine Bike Swap
Every year, we host the Great Maine Bike Swap, an event run by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. The event, which takes place during Earth Week, is a venue for buying and selling hundreds of used bikes for affordable prices. Learn more about the Great Maine Bike Swap.
The health benefits of biking are numerous, including breathing fresh air, soaking in the sunlight, and getting exercise. In fact, biking just a couple of times a week can be an easy way to incorporate a workout into your busy schedule so that you don’t have to take so many trips to the gym.
Greenhouse gas emissions from riding a bicycle compared to driving a single occupancy vehicle can be 10 times less, according to many studies. Every time you bike to USM, you are helping the University toward its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2040 by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by 20% by 2025. Additional environmental benefits include less creation of toxic storm-water run-off along roadways, which impacts ecosystems.