Until 11:59pm on June 1, 2017*, McGill community members are eligible for a 20% discount toward annual memberships for the BIXI bike-share program for 2017. Click here for more information.

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 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.

The lower campus and McTavish Street between Sherbrooke and Dr. Penfield are 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 information, please visit 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

Please avoid locking 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 them.

Bicycle repair station

Located behind the Bronfman Building near McTavish Street, an outdoor bicycle repair station with a bike repair rack and to two manual tire pumps is available for use by students, staff and visitors to the downtown campus. The repair rack is made with 100% recyclable materials and is supplied with eight theft-resistant tools allowing cyclists to make minor repairs immediately and locally. For more information, please visit the Bike repair rack web page.

Bike engraving

Approximately 2,000 bicycle thefts are reported to the police each year. Getting your bike engraved increases your chances of getting it back in the event of a theft since the number is permanently etched onto your bike and is entered into a police database.

Twice a year, in the spring and fall, McGill Security Services and the Montreal Police (SPVM) provide free bike engraving outside of Burnside Hall (south entrance). Future dates and times will be announced on the @McGillSafety Twitter account and on the McGill Campus Public Safety Facebook page, as well as this web page.

Learn more about the bike engraving program by visiting the Montreal Police (SPVM) website.

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 6am to 11pm, 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 for Macdonald Campus.


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 April through November, and can be returned to any BIXI station. Rates start at $5 a day, and monthly and annual plans are available.

Visit the BIXI website for more information