2023-24 Bike Mechanic Interns:
Blair Pickle (859-868-7523)
Anthony Riley (502-876-6677)
Sam Shaw (270-875-1212)
Recycle a Bicycle!
The UofL Sustainability Council invests in restoring and maintaining bicycles that have been abandoned on campus so that you can use them to get around for free! UofL's Free Bikeshare Program is designed to help you ditch the car or the fossil-fuel powered electric scooter and discover the joys and health benefits of getting around under your own power! The program is open to all UofL students, faculty, and staff. Bikes are available whenever you need them and for whatever purpose, whether it's getting across campus, across town, or just out for some fun!
Free Daily Bike Check-out at the SRC
Use your UofL ID to check out a bike, lock, and helmet for free for the day! Some bikes have baskets for carrying items. Bikes are available each day on a first-come, first-served basis from the front desk staff at the Student Rec Center on 4th Street. Bikes must be returned before the SRC closes for the day.
Longer-Term Bike Loan
A limited number of restored bicycles are also available to students, faculty, and staff who wish to borrow a bike and lock for the semester (or longer, if your are an employee that would like to use a bicycle instead of a motorized vehicle to do your job done on campus). Apply below.
In all cases, whether you are checking out a bike for the day or longer, you must sign a waiver form and those who check out bikes are responsible for any theft/loss/damage, so be sure to use the u-lock to securely lock the bike (frame and wheel!) any time you park it.
If you notice maintenance needs on a UofL bikeshare bike or fixit station, or if you'd like to donate a bike to the program, please contact our Bike Mechanic Interns.
Where to Check-Out, Fix-up, and Park Bikes
View an interactive Bike Map for all three UofL campuses showing where to find bike parking, fix-it stations, and bikeshare check-out locations! Here's what you'll see:
- RED icons = COVERED bike parking.
- BLUE icons = exposed bike parking.
- YELLOW Wrench icons = Bike Fix-It stations with tools and pump.
- GREEN Bike icons = from which bikes can be checked-out free for the day with UofL ID.
Explore bike routes & all your other options when biking won't work at directions.louisville.edu
- Find bike lanes, paths, and safer routes throughout Louisville with the new mobile-friendly . It’s designed to be easy to use while you’re out riding in the city. Just tap the “My Location” button to find the bike routes nearest you.
- Cardinal Directions will help you find safer bike routes; estimate trip distances & times, as well as the calories you'll burn and carbon emissions and money you'll save; and explore all your other options when biking won't work.
History of UofL Free Bikeshare
Bike share program is expanding (UofL Today, 4/21/15)
Can bike share change the shape of Louisville? (Insider Louisville, 3/6/17)
Campus Sustainability Spotlight: Louisville BikeShare Program (The Fill, 5/5/17)
Free Bikeshare began at UofL in 2009 with daily check-out from three residence halls: Kurz, Bettie Johnson, and Community Park. In 2012, the UofL Sustainability Council decided to use part of the new annual Climate Action Plan implementation funding to expand on-campus bikesharing and worked to supply restored bikes to any campus partner that had a front desk staff to manage the check-out process and secure, covered storage space for bikes. It began with a small fleet of five bikes at the former SAC Gym (which moved to the SRC when that facility opened) and eventually expanded to include 11 different check out locations, including the formerBettie Johnson Hall; Community Park; Kurz Hall; Louisville Hall; Miller Hall; Threlkeld Hall; Unitas Tower; University Tower Apartments (UTA); and the Medical-Dental Apartments at HSC downtown. In the summer of 2019, when the Wellness Center closed and priorities changed at Campus Housing, the system shifted from decentralized daily bike check-outs to longer-term bike loans.