Published: July 29, 2020

However you choose to get around, there are a number of ways to commute while physically distancing. Because of the changing situation related to COVID-19, traffic patterns and transportation recommendations may continue to evolve. The Parking and Transportation website is being updated regularly to keep you in the know. Be prepared to follow signs and instructions when you get to campus. Here are a few more tips to help you get around.

person biking near campusBy bike

Commuting by bike is an excellent way to get around while maintaining physical distancing. Many riders find that they can ride year-round in Colorado. On an average September day, more than 7,300 students and staff commute by bike to campus. 

If you own a bike, make sure it’s registered. Get a small tune-up, either at the UMC Bike Station or with remote assistance. Short tune-ups will be available at the Bike Stations during the beginning of the semester. 

If you’re looking to buy your own bike, you have a few options:

  • Check out the online CU Bike Sale in September (stay tuned for dates and details). 
  • Community Cycles in Boulder also has affordable refurbished used bikes for sale. 
  • The CU Bike Program also will have some semester bike rentals available for the fall. Buff Bikes will not be available for the fall 2020 semester.

Bike sharing is another great option for getting around town with two wheels. All CU Boulder students, faculty and staff are eligible for free Boulder B-cycle annual memberships. Learn more on the campus bike sharing page. Boulder B-cycle bikes and stations are being disinfected regularly. Boulder B-cycle fleet technicians are wearing face coverings and gloves while they continue to disinfect all user touch points at the stations and on the bikes. Wearing gloves is also recommended for bike sharing users.

Wearing a face covering is required on campus. 

By bus

The CU Buff Bus Service has been modified in response to campus efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19. Information about modified service schedules for specific routes will be outlined on the CU Buff Bus webpage, and will continue to be updated prior to the start of the fall semester.

If you’re registered for the fall semester, your CollegePass will be activated on Aug. 1. Real-time transit information is available by downloading the Transit App. Visit the RTD website for policy and service updates

Wearing a face covering is required on Buff Buses and public transit. 

Transportation safety

As part of the Considerations for Institutions of Higher Education, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided the following recommendations for travel and transit:

By skateboard, scooter, mopeds, motorcycles and more

Non-motorized wheeled devices are allowed on paths and most sidewalks around campus, but aren’t allowed on city streets. 

Motorized (electric) scooters, skateboards and one-wheels are not currently allowed anywhere on campus paths or sidewalks and may not be taken into or stored in any campus building or residence hall.

Motorcycles, sit-down scooters and mopeds (both electric and gas powered) are allowed on city streets but are not allowed on campus sidewalks or paths. Students who bring a motorcycle, sit-down scooter or moped (regardless of engine size) to campus must purchase a special motorcycle parking permit and park only in designated motorcycle spaces.

Wearing a face covering is required on campus. 

By car

If you’re driving to campus this semester, plan ahead and visit the Parking Services student permit webpage before the fall semester online sale begins on Aug. 3. Parking priority is given based on class standing (graduate students/seniors first), availability is limited and student permits are likely to sell out. Make sure you search for permit information based on where you will be living:

  • Resident permits are for students living in the residence halls on campus
  • Commuter permits are for students living off campus

If you don’t get a parking permit, there are multiple visitor lots with hourly parking rates on campus. Download the ParkMobile app to pay for short-term parking hands-free. Call 303-735-PARK (7275) or email with parking questions.

No matter how you get to campus, CU Boulder’s Environmental Center, Transportation Services and Parking Services are working to make your commute safer and more efficient, with a lower impact on the environment. For help with your commuting options, please reach out to our sustainable transportation team at Commuter students can also sign up for emails with commuter-focused information from Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations.