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Bikes on campus
Bikes on campus, ready to roll!

Transylvania's campus is compact, and getting around on bicycle is an excellent choice. Cyclists will find bike racks strategically located across campus and bike shelters near the residence halls.

If you bring a bike to campus, you'll want to register it with our department of public safety. Having your bike information on record will help us locate the bike if it is ever lost or stolen.

Need a bike?

Transy Bikes Shop
Stevie Morrison '15 works on a bike at the Transy Bikes shop
in Forrer Hall.

We'll loan you one! Students, faculty, and staff can check out a hybrid bike, helmet, and lock at the Campus Center front desk for a day trip.

I have a bike, but it needs some work.

We can help with that, too! Bring your bike to the Transy Bikes shop in Forrer Hall during open hours, and we'll teach you how to maintain your bike and do basic repairs. You can also talk to the students working in the shop about biking in Lexington.

Where can I ride?

Legacy Trail
You'll see all types of cyclists on the Legacy Trail.

Our location on the edge of downtown Lexington and the growing number of bike lanes available in the city make bike travel safe and efficient. Lextran, the Lexington Transit Authority, even has a Bike 'n Ride program that makes it easy to climb aboard a city bus with your bike if you need to venture farther away from campus.

Recreational or fitness riders will find Lexington's paved Legacy Trail a perfect escape. The trail currently starts at the Northside YMCA on Loudon Avenue, just a few blocks from campus, and ends at the Kentucky Horse Park on Ironworks Pike—a 17-mile round-trip ride. Eventually, the city hopes to connect this trail to other bike-friendly paths scattered throughout the city.

There are also miles and miles of scenic, rural, bike-friendly roads in the central Bluegrass, winding through horse farms and small towns. Check out the maps on the Bluegrass Cycling Club's website.

If off-road mountain biking is more to your liking, you'll want to try the four-mile trail in Veterans Park in south Lexington. If you don't mind traveling a bit, head to the 11 miles of trails at Capital View Park in Frankfort or the 282-mile Sheltowee Trace that runs through Eastern Kentucky. Or ask local mountain bikers about the approximately 10 miles of trails at Skullbusters, just north of Georgetown.

Dawkins Rail Trail Two cyclists enjoy the scenery on the Dawkins Rail Trail in Eastern Kentucky, just an hour and a half from campus.

How can I get involved?

Sharon Brown rides with her class
Exercise science professor Sharon Brown rides with
her May term class.

Transy Bikes! is a student-led organization that sponsors campus events, such as bike safety and bike maintenance workshops, and coordinates activities during national bike month in May. Recent May events included a circus-themed maintenance workshop with cotton candy and popcorn, bike bingo, bike skills relays, and a group ride with faculty and staff on national Bike to Work Day.

Transylvania students have also participated in charitable projects that required endurance cycling. Kelsey McComas '12 volunteered with the Bike and Build program, helping build affordable housing for U.S. citizens while riding 3,700 miles cross-country. Sarah Mather '08 raised $6,000 for two charities, World Vision and Save the Children, as she rode from Virginia to San Francisco in 36 days.

Transylvania faculty also get involved, offering May term classes such as It’s All about the Bike: Public Health, Sustainability, and Liberation, which included a four-day ride throughout central Kentucky (watch the video), or Transy's Tour de France: History and Culture of the Languedoc, during which students learned about the south of France while touring by bicycle.

Why bother?

Transylvania supports biking as a sustainable means of transportation, a healthy form of exercise, and a great way for students to build confidence and independence.

Transy Cycling Club circa 1890s Transylvania has a long history of supporting bicycling on campus. Here the members of the Transylvania Bicycling Club gather in front of Old Morrison in 1899.

As the Transylvania community grows, we'll need to find solutions to limited parking facilities and congested traffic. Those community members who choose biking for basic transportation will be our forward-thinking role models. Transylvania's successful growth, as outlined in Transylvania 2020, will rely on a commitment to low-carbon forms of transportation and creative partnerships with our neighbors. We hope you'll help us lead the way toward a more sustainable future.

Broke Spoke open house
Broke Spoke Community Bike Shop offers a
Transy Night Open House to help students
with their bikes.

Helpful Links

Transylvania Bicycle Registration Form

Tips for Safe Cycling

Cycling Clubs

Bike Shops

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