Events and other cycling services

Bike to work 2023 edition

Other cycling services promote and foster the growth of cycling on campus, such as the organisation of festive events like Bike to Work or Cap sur l’Ouest, high-quality bike parking close to buildings and a secure bike station in the Quartier Nord, as well as adapted cycling itineraries.

Bike events

Bike to work

Bike to work is a team challenge that encourages the EPFL community to cycle to campus during May and June. Many prizes are up to win!

The 2023 edition will have broken all records, with 270 teams registered and 915 participants. The EPFL community cycled over 294,000 kilometres– more than seven times around the Earth – and avoided emitting 42,375 kg ofCO2!

Registration for the 2024 challenge is open!

  • The challenge is open to the entire EPFL community (staff and students).
  • A team is composed of four people, including a team leader.
  • The team leader registers on the website, in the EPFL category.
  • Those who cannot find a team can register with Mobility EPFL.
  • One person per team may travel daily on foot, rollerblades, scooters or skateboards.
  • The use of electric bikes is, of course, allowed.
  • A combination of cycling, public transport or car is permitted.
  • Private journeys made by bicycle on teleworking days may be entered in the calendar.

Regularly register the days cycled and the kilometres covered in the challenge calendar via the app or the website.

  • Join the national prize draw and win prizes totalling over CHF 130,000.
  • Celebrate your participation in the challenge with EPFL events. Attractive prizes and surprises are waiting for you!

Cap sur l’ouest

Cap sur l’ouest is an event held every two years in September in the western Lausanne district to promote active mobility.

The 23km route covers all the West communes (Prilly, Chavannes-près-Renens, Ecublens, Renens, Saint-Sulpice, Bussigny, Crissier, Villars-Sainte-Croix). The EPFL will be one of the festive stops along the way, offering a variety of activities and events focusing on active mobility, as well as a food stand.

Cap sur l’Ouest will be back on Sunday 22 September 2024 for a great day out with family and friends.

The event, on the EPFL site, will take place on the Place Cosandey, in its southern part. → See map

The event (opening to the public of the festive points) will take place from 9am to 4pm, and the roads will be closed from 8am to 5pm.

Other cycling services

To encourage cycling on campus, EPFL has set up high-quality and safe cycling facilities.

There are around 3,500 parking spaces on the EPFL campus. A wide variety of racks at several locations are available to meet the needs of cyclists (see interactive map).

The EPFL community has free access to a secure bike station with 180 spaces. Located in the SwissTech Village, it is accessible 24/7 using the Camipro card (see interactive map).

EPFL has 7 self-service air pump stations for safe driving (see interactive map).

Every year, the Point Vélo collects around a hundred abandoned bicycles and refurbishes them before offering them for sale for CHF 150.

You can’t find your bike? First try contacting the building manager where it was parked, and then, if necessary, the Point Vélo. If the theft has been confirmed, you will need to report it to the police in order to obtain a refund from your insurance company.

Discover the best cycling routes to reach the campus:

The West Lausanne municipalities have also published a cycle map showing the most suitable routes for each occasion.

Some communes around the EPFL campus in Ecublens offer subsidies for the purchase of a new or second-hand electric or mechanical bicycle.

More information

Bikeable is an online platform with the aim of promoting safe active mobility by showing dangerous, annoying but also well-resolved spots for cyclists.

Sign up to report problems with cycling infrastructure or cycle paths!


For any questions or additional information about cycling events and facilities on campus: [email protected]