Bike Share

Macalester students, staff, and faculty can rent a bike (along with a helmet and lock) at the checkout counter in the Library with a valid Mac ID.

There are currently fourteen bikes in the fleet. Bikes are available in three different sizes with adjustable seat post and handles to fit all different riders. The fleet also includes a Workman cycles tricycle.

The Sustainability Office is piloting a need-based semester bikeshare program in 2022. Up to 11 students can borrow a bike (including a lock, lights, and helmet) for a semester or up to an academic year depending on availability. Email the Sustainability Office () for more information.


MacBike is a student org that works to promote bicycling at Macalester and throughout the Twin Cities. The group teaches riders how to repair their bikes, plans regular rides throughout the Twin Cities, and promotes bicycling as a fun, sustainable, and socially just form of transportation. They maintain the bike workshop located in the basement of Doty Hall, next to the Mac Weekly office.

Get Involved With MacBike

Open Shop is open to anyone who needs help fixing their bike, needs a part, or wants to learn the art of bicycle mechanics—all for FREE! Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8 pm in the MacBike shop, located in the basement of Doty.

Weekly meetings are held after Open Shop on Thursdays from 8-9 pm in the shop. Email to get involved!

Bike Shops Near Macalester

For more information on local biking opportunities or infrastructures, visit Twin Cities Biking or the Saint Paul Bicycle Coalition website.

Public Transportation

Macalester is well located for using public transportation. The college currently subsidizes Metro Transit passes for Mac students, as well as discounted rates on stored value passes for faculty and staff. Visit the Information Desk website for details. Also, visit for information about the numerous transit options and priorities, including advocacy opportunities, in the Twin Cities.