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Cycling on the downtown campus

Members of the McGill community are encouraged to cycle to the downtown campus. There are approximately 200 bicycle racks and a total of 1800 bicycle spaces on the downtown campus.

Cyclists not destined for McGill should use the University Street bike path when connecting between Milton street and Sherbrooke or de Maisonneuve. Please note, the lower campus and McTavish Street between Sherbrooke and Dr. Penfield are now pedestrian zones. To ensure pedestrian safety, cyclists will be asked to dismount in these areas and either park their bikes at one of the racks provided, or walk their bikes on campus. On McTavish St., the requirement to dismount bicycles is enforceable by the City of Montréal and fines may be imposed by the City.

For more cycling information, see McGill’s circulation page and the SAAQ’s Safe Cycling Guide for Highway Safety Code requirements.


Bicycle racks on the downtown campus

Campus and Space Planning has prepared a comprehensive survey of bicycle racks on the downtown campus, marking the location, type and size of racks on campus. Please click on the following link to access the survey: 2012 Bicycle Rack Survey

You may also visit our Google map page for the location of bicycle racks on the downtown campus by clicking on the image below.

Click on the image to view an enlarged map of the bicycle rack locations on the

Important Note: Please avoid locking your bikes to railings/gates as it impedes the accessibility of the site by those with mobility impairments.  Cyclists should also avoid locking their bikes to trees as it can cause damage to the tree.


Through its BIXI program, the City of Montreal offers public-use bicycles available at a variety of 24-hour self-serve locations across town. Bike rentals are available from May through November, and can be returned to any BIXI station — not just the one you got it from. Rates start at $7 a day, and monthly and annual plans are available.

Visit the BIXI website for more information.

Macdonald campus self-serve bikes

A small fleet of bicycles is available free to staff and students on the Macdonald campus, upon presentation of a valid McGill ID card. Bikes are available from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., from April to October, and can be borrowed for up to three hours at a time. They are available at the Security Office in Laird Hall, Room 101. For more information about the program, please click on the following link: Self-Serve Bikes Service for Macdonald Campus.