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Bicycle Friendly Ship

Shippensburg University is a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Campus as awarded by The League of American Bicyclists.

Centrally located in the Cumberland Valley on a 210-acre campus, there are countless places to bike at Shippensburg University and in the region. Bike to class, explore downtown Shippensburg, or enjoy the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail, which extends from campus about 13 miles north past Newville. Off campus, discover trails in more than 250,000 acres of state parks and forests.

We welcome bicyclists of all skill levels on campus and strive to provide you with access to a bike friendly campus. Ship has a free bike share program, 50 bike racks on campus, and two bicycle repair stations!

ShipShare Bike Share Program

ShipShare is a free campus bike share program available to faculty, staff, and students. Since its start in 2017, the program has received new bikes and supplies donated by businesses and individuals, including Merv’s Bike Shop, Quick Release Bicycles, the Institute for Public Service and Sponsored Programs, the Student Government Association, and the Shippensburg University Class of 2018. The program encourages riders to take advantage of what the surrounding community offers while staying active.  The Department of Recreation currently manages the program.  

Where are the bikes?

The bikes are located at ShipRec.

How do I check out a bike?

Bikes are checked out at the ShipRec entrance desk. Those wishing to use a bike must present a Shippensburg University ID and sign a liability form.  User will receive a key for the bike lock. Bikes can be checked out for up to three hours. Upon return, the bicycle will be checked for damage.

Protect Your Bike

Lock your bike and register it to prevent theft! Complete an application and return it to the Shippensburg University Police Department.

Bicycle Routes and Maps

Be Prepared

  • Wear protective equipment and reflective clothing
  • Bring your cell phone for emergencies
  • Carry drinks and snacks for energy
  • Plan your route

Know The Laws

  • Ride with the flow of traffic
  • Obey traffic laws, street signs, and road markings
  • Yield to traffic when appropriate
  • Use a front light and reflectors at night

Be Predictable

  • Signal and announce your moves to others
  • Stay alert and make sure your path is clear
  • Slow down and look for pedestrians and vehicles

Know The Laws

  • Allow 4 feet of distance between a vehicle and an adjacent bicycle
  • Pass cyclists with care and at a safe speed
  • Yield to cyclists as you would motorists
  • Obey traffic laws, street signs, and road markings

Use Precaution

  • Open a vehicle door only after ensuring the area is clear and it is safe to do so
  • Avoid passing bicycles at an intersection
  • Search for bicycles before turning right, parking, while at a stop sign or signal, or driving in reverse
  • Understand and recognize cyclists’ hand signals

Looking to bike with a buddy? Ride with fellow members of the Shippensburg University community along many local cycling routes! Check back regularly for newly scheduled group rides.

Weekly Student Rides

Join in on a weekly bike ride on easy terrain that usually lasts 1-1.5 hours. This is a perfect ride for those with little to intermediate experience. Meets every Monday at 5 p.m., weather permitting*, at the library.

Women's Ride Wednesdays

Improve your health and make connections during Women's Ride Wednesdays on the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail! This women's friendly ride is open to faculty, students, staff, and community members of all genders and cycling ability. Ride distance will vary based on group ability. Meets every Wednesday at 5 p.m., weather permitting*, at Shippensburg Station on the corner of Fort and Earl streets. Public parking is available.

*In the event of snow/thunder and lightning, the ride will be cancelled.