by Mog,Justin M — last modified Oct 28, 2014 01:16 AM
UofL students, faculty or staff who are willing to forgo the right to a UofL parking permit for at least two years are eligible to receive a $400 voucher to an area bike shop!
Earn-A-Bike program wins national honor (UofL Today, 10/27/14)
Earn-A-Bike program proves popular with students (UofL Today, 9/3/13)
Earn-A-Bike Aims to Get the University of Louisville Cycling (HUD Sustainable Communities eNews, Feb. 2013)
Earn-A-Bike program to let people trade cars for bikes (UofL Today, 7/23/12)
Why & How to Bike To UofL
Louisville Bike Commuting Tips
Sick of the hassle & expense of driving to campus?!
Want to try something cheaper, healthier & greener?!
UofL’s Sustainability Council accepts applications every summer from those willing to give up the right to a parking permit for at least two years in exchange for a $400 voucher to area bike shops! Applications for the 2015 Earn-A-Bike Program will open in mid-April on this webpage.
Applications for the 2014 Earn-A-Bike Program closed at 5pm on August 28, 2014 and all vouchers have been distributed.
All applicants should have checked the email address used in the application on Aug. 29th to
find out if they were accepted and to register to pick-up their
voucher at one of the orientation and safety sessions that occurred in early
Enthusiasm for this program has been outstanding, with 1170 vouchers being distributed in the first three years! In 2014, over 800 UofL students, faculty, and staff were willing to commit to not driving to campus for at least two years! Similar numbers of applicants were processed in the first two years of the program, as well.
UofL's Sustainability Council launched the Earn-A-Bike program in August 2012 as part of our Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to encourage students and employees to use bicycles for transportation. The goals of this nationally-recognized, award-winning program include:
UofL’s Sustainability Council has a limited annual budget for this program. Each August, the program offers a limited number of bike shop vouchers to those willing to use alternative means of getting to campus other than driving.
Everyone coming to UofL is encouraged to consider walking, bicycling, taking the TARC bus (free with UofL ID!), carpooling, or vanpooling. Those needing a car once they're on campus can rent one from our fuel-efficient fleet for a low hourly rate through the UofL CarShare program. Bikes can be checked out free for the day from five campus locations through the UofL BikeShare program. Full details on all of these transportation alternatives here.
To be eligible for the Earn-A-Bike program, you must be enrolled or employed by UofL at the time of the deadline and you must indicate an understanding that if your application is accepted, you will have to turn in any current UofL parking permits and you will not be able to purchase any UofL parking permits for the next two years. Once the deadline for application has passed each year, vouchers are distributed to eligible applicants based on priority levels. Because this program is focused on changing behavior and reaching as many people as possible, top priority is given to current UofL parking permit holders, then former UofL parking permit holders, then all others. Those new to campus are given special consideration. Former program beneficiaries are given lowest priority.
How the Program Works: