Passport to Houston
Rice University encourages its students to go off campus and explore the world beyond the hedges.
This program provides students with Metro cards to go downtown, to midtown, and many more places using the light rail and public buses. Passport to Houston also provides free or discounted access for Rice undergraduates to many museums – all of which are also within biking distance!
Bike Parking in Rice Village
Biking to the village is the fastest and most sustainable way to get to Rice village other than walking. On the map above, green circles represent locations with bike racks in the village. Below are a few pictures demonstrating the bike racks at these locations.
Bringing Bikes on the Metro
METRORail allows you to bring your bike on the train during certain times of the week. The METRORail website provides a great webpage with detailed guidelines for cyclists. The bus bike rack system was invented by a team of ENGI 120 students from Rice, including our general manager Brian Barr. Read more about their accomplishments.
Currently bikes are allowed on the METRORail during the following times:
- M-F: 4:30 AM to 6:30 AM; 9 AM to 3 PM.; after 6 PM
- Sat/Su: Any time!
- (*Note: only 2 bikes allowed per rail car, look for the bike symbol on the doors)
For full detailed guidelines, visit the METRORail guidelines for cyclists: http://www.ridemetro.org/services/Rail/BikeGuide.aspx
All Houston METRO buses are equipped with bike racks. Check out this website for more information and a video showing how to load your bike onto the bike rack: http://www.ridemetro.org/Services/Bus/Bikesonbuses.aspx