McGill community members are eligible for a 10% discount toward memberships for the BIXI bike-share program for 2021. 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.

Cyclists not destined for McGill should use the University Street bike path when connecting between Milton street and Sherbrooke or de Maisonneuve.

McGill's downtown lower campus is a shared space where cycling is permitted. This means mounted cyclists will circulate on the same pathways as pedestrians. Pedestrians will remain the primary users of this shared space and will have the right of way at all times. The new procedure does not affect McTavish Street, which is a public space under the City of Montreal’s jurisdiction, where cycling remains prohibited.

For more information, please visit the SAAQ’s Safe Cycling Guide for Highway Safety Code requirements.

Bicycle racks on the downtown campus

Looking for somewhere to lock up your bicycle? Click here to view a map of the locations of bike rack on the downtown campus.

Please avoid locking bikes to...

  • railings/gates - it impedes the accessibility of the site by those with mobility impairments
  • trees - it can damage them
  • construction fencing - these must remain moveable at all times to provide an emergency exit for construction workers

Bicycle pump

An outdoor bike pump is installed outside of the McConnell Engineering Building, near the intersection of Milton and University Streets, and is available for use by students, staff and visitors to the downtown campus.

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. This service is available to all members of the McGill community.

At certain times of the year McGill Security Services and the Montreal Police (SPVM) provide free bike engraving on the downtown campus. Future dates and times will be announced on the @McGillSafety Twitter account and on the McGill Campus Public Safety Facebook 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. Please note this service is cancelled until further notice due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


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.

Visit the BIXI website for more information


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