UC Sustainability

UC Sustainability

Bearcat Bike Share

The University of Cincinnati's Bearcat Bike Share began on April 22, 2010 and was kicked off with a bike parade down MainStreet as part of Earth Day 40th anniversary celebrations. The program is part of overall sustainability initiatives at UC and is the first component of the UC Bike Plan to be implemented. The Bearcat Bike Share will help reduce carbon emissions, pollution, traffic, and parking shortages while increasing health, fitness, community engagement, and a sense of place.

Check Out

Bicyles can be checked out, at no cost, to anyone with a UCID at various location on the UC Uptown Campus and the UC East facility in Clermont County. As we continue to acquire funding and improve operations, the bike share will expand to additional locations and campuses. When checking out a bike, you can expect to receive a safety and rule guide and a numbered key which will correspond to a bike locked up nearby. You can request a certain style of bike by choosing its number from the rack before checking the bike out. Helmets are not provided, but are strongly encouraged and are available for sale at the CRC Pro Shop.

Bikes are available for check out at the following locations:

  • Campus Recreation Center
  • CARE/Crawley Fitness Center [coming soon]
  • University Hall 340 - Human Resources
  • University Hall 640 - Planning+Design+Construction
  • University Pavilion 100 - Career Development Center
  • UC Central Utility Plant 101
  • UC East

The majority of bicycles are available for check out at the Campus Recreation Center during their normal operating hours. Bikes can be checked out for up to three days at a time. Late fees are assessed if the bike is not returned by the due date. Replacement costs will be charged to your UC account for bikes lost and stolen. Availability and schedules vary for bicycle check out at the other locations.  A map of bike infrastructure on west campus is available and includes check out locations.

More Information

The Bearcat Bike Share is managed by the Office of Sustainability and day-to-day operations of check out are managed by Campus Recreation and the other participating departments and colleges. Questions or to report problems with the bikes or bike share program, please email bikeshare@uc.edu.

The Bearcat Bike Share is always accepting donations. Tax-deductible donations can be received online, by phone, or by mail through the UC Foundation. To donate a bicycle, equipment, or volunteer your time, please email bikeshare@uc.edu.

For more information on local bike shops and organizations, please visit the off campus links & resources.

West Campus Bike Infrastructure
Bearcat Bike Share logo
MainStreet Stride 2010
Bearcat Bike Share news coverage
Bike Build