Students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to register their bicycles.
- Registration is free!
- It deters theft!
- Registration can help in the recovery of stolen bicycles.
Registration is easy!
- Complete the HLC bicycle registration form.
- Provide your bicycle’s serial number, which is recorded, and manufacturer, model and color.
- Place the registration decal on your bicycle.
Secure Your Bike
Secured, covered bike cages and bike racks are located at various locations throughout the Harvard Longwood Campus. Although bike racks are available to all visitors to HLC, bike cage access is granted only to Quad-based faculty, staff, students and tenants at the time of registration. Click here (pdf) for a map of the HLC bike cages and racks. Showers are also available on the Harvard Longwood Campus to cyclists with a Harvard I.D. Click here (pdf) to locate a convenient shower location. To learn more about the public bike racks in the Longwood Medical Area, click here.
Safety Tip: To reduce the chance that your bike will be stolen, use two locks, each with a different locking mechanism.
Abandoned bikes may be reported by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 617-432-1111.
The Harvard Longwood Bicyclists are from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. We plan to develop and maintain resources and create avenues for communication among bicyclists in the Longwood Medical Area. As the group grows, we will be a collective voice for the biking community and plan to identify ways to encourage, incentivize and facilitate bike riding to and from the Longwood Medical Area.
Bike Routes to the Harvard Longwood Campus:
During the summer of 2018, individuals who bicycle to the Longwood Medical Area had the opportunity to mark on maps their route sections that were safe, less safe, unsafe, and ridden with a child on their bike. Here is a link to the maps (NW, SW, NE, and SE) with colored lines that show main routes the respondents marked as safe or unsafe plus some lesser-known routes. https://hsph.me/lma-bike-maps These maps cannot guarantee your safety but they are a way to say thank you for your time in filling out the survey.
Bike Repair Stations on Harvard Longwood Campus
Bicycle Repair stations are located at the rear of the Goldenson Building at 220 Longwood Avenue and just outside the New Research Building at 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur. The stations are equipped with an air pump and basic hand tools, such as screwdrivers, wrenches and tire levers.
For help with repairs, use the Quick Read (QR) code on the front of the station to view detailed instructions on your smart phone.
In the event the air pumps on the repair stations are out of order, light weight air pumps are available for you to use at both the HMS Parking Office and HMS Security Office located at 180B Longwood Avenue. A proper Harvard ID will be required upon borrowing a pump.
A new bike helmet can be purchased at the following locations:
- Harvard University Campus Service Center, located at 1350 Mass Avenue, 8th floor.
- BlueBikes also has a few programs for purchasing helmets: https://www.bluebikes.com/helmets
Bicycle commuters are eligible for tax-free reimbursement of up to $30/month, at a maximum of $360/year, for the costs associated with bicycle purchase, improvement, repair and storage. This is a faculty and staff benefit.
Use Blue Bikes (formerly known as Hubway) to travel across Boston and a number of surrounding cities on publicly shared bikes. Bikes can be returned to any of the stations across the network including the 12 supported by Harvard.
Harvard University Discounted Annual Membership
Harvard affiliates are eligible for a discounted BLUEbikes Annual Membership. Click here to obtain discounted membership.
Boston Bikes is Boston’s citywide initiative to encourage citizens and visitors to use bicycles for fun, exercise and transportation. Visit the Boston Bikes website to learn more.
The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition is a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to improving the conditions for bicyclists across the state. Read more on the MassBike website.