Reed College encourages students, staff and faculty to come to campus by means other than single occupant automobiles. The college offers a number of programs and benefits to encourage this practice. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged not to park on neighboring city streets.
- Bicycle Registration
- Bicycle Education, Safety, and Programs
- Bike Co-op
- Bike Lottery
- Carpool Parking and Match Program
- TriMet Passes and Routes
Driving and Parking Information
Vehicle and Bicycle Registration
The college encourages students, staff and faculty to register both vehicles and bicycles that will be parked on campus. This allows community safety to notify you if there is a problem with your vehicle or car, including a flat tire, oil leak, or break in.
The college encourages students, staff and faculty to register bicycles that will be parked on campus. See Bicycle registration form. The College encourages students, staff and faculty to bike responsibly, follow the rules of the road, wear helmets and reflective gear, and use lights.
Cycling in Portland
Portland is a bike-friendly city, with thousands of miles of bike paths and trails for commuting and recreation. The City of Portland offers A Guide to Your Ride, and bicycle maps, or read the state’s Oregon Bicycle Manual.
The college offers a number of bicycle riding, commuting, safety and maintenance workshops and classes, including a PE class. Watch At Reed for fall and spring workshop dates.
Each September the college participates in the Portland Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s Bike to Work Challenge. Read At Reed for details on how to participate.
There are a number of bike racks on campus for your safety and convenience. See bicycle parking map. [link to a pdf map that I need to create!] Showers are available in the Sports Center. Lockers (located in the lower level of the Gray Campus Center) are available for check-out to students. They are a handy place to store all that excess stuff that is just too heavy to carry around campus. Lockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis; register at student activities.
Reed students operate a bike co-op. They fix bikes or teach students how to fix their own.
The bike lottery is coordinated by the student-run Bike Co-Op and funded by student activities. It allows off-campus students to "rent" a bike for a semester and have the opportunity to commute, get exercise, and explore Portland in an environmentally conscious manner. There are about 20 bikes available for the lottery, and each bike comes with a Kryptonite lock, lights, and helmet. The bike lottery is held at the beginning of each semester. Email Noelle Faricy in student activities for more information or call 503/788-6692.
Close, convenient parking spaces are set aside for those members of the community who plan to carpool. You may request carpool stickers from the community safety.
Carpool Match Program
Looking for carpool partners? Metro offers a free carpool match website.
TriMet Passes and Routes
Portland’s TriMet mass transit monthly passes may be purchased at a 50 percent discount off retail rates, with a valid Reed ID, at the Cashier Window in Eliot. You may purchase individual trip tickets, maps, and guides at the Reed College Bookstore.
The Reed night bus is a shuttle service provided by Reed to make students who live off campus feel safe getting home late at night.
The shuttle operates Sunday-Thursday: 10:15 p.m. - 2:15 a.m.
Friday-Saturday: 10:15 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Pick-up times are: First run: 10:15 p.m. Next run: 11 p.m. After 11 p.m.: Runs on the half hour and hour if students are present.
Pick up location: Eliot Circle.
Shuttle boundaries are: Burnside to the north, Johnson Creek to the south, 82nd Avenue to the east, and downtown to the west.
Reed owns five 15-passenger vans and one 8-passenger van that are available for transportation to and from official school functions. Only drivers approved by the vehicle coordinator may drive these vans. To become a van driver, see the sports center building supervisor, Cyrus Monsef. Vans are for passenger transportation only and are not to be used for heavy-duty hauling, dogs, or bikes. Vehicles are reserved in advance on a "first come" basis. Van reservations may be "bumped" if vans are needed for a scheduled class or sports center event, and they may be cancelled if weather or road conditions are deemed questionable as determined by the vehicle coordinator. Vehicle reservation forms are available from facilities services, residence life, and student activities. Van reservations are made through Michele McPherson in the facilities services office.
Visiting Reed? The Blue Star Airporter (503/249-1837) will take you from the airport to campus for $25.25 (plus a $.75 airport fee). The shuttle leaves the airport every half-hour. Travel time is 20-30 minutes. The roundtrip fare is $47.25.
Cab fare from the airport to Reed is approximately $35. Cabs can be found at the airport taxi-limousine area. Ask the driver to take I-205 to the Foster Road exit. Travel time is 20-30 minutes.