The University of Cincinnati Foundation

The University of Cincinnati Foundation

Bike Share Program Giving Initiatives

The Bearcat Bike Share provides free bicycles to anyone with a valid UC ID. A bike share works like a library and riders can check out the bikes to use on or off campus.  Free bikes at UC will increase health, wellness and community, while decreasing carbon emissions, traffic and parking issues. 

The Bearcat Bike Share is one part of The UC Bike Plan, published in December 2009, which includes many recommendations for increasing bicycle use at UC in order to promote a healthier and more sustainable campus environment.

The Bearcat Bike Share is located on UC’s Uptown Campuses, at the Campus Recreation Center (west campus) and the Fitness Center at CARE/Crawley (east campus).  Eventually the program could expand to include other campuses and will interface with the proposed City of Cincinnati bike share program.

Fundraising efforts for the Bearcat Bike Share program are being led by the Student Development Council (SDC) and the Student Sustainability Coalition (SSC).  The program is being administered by UC|sustainability with the support of Campus Recreation.


There are a few ways to make a donation to the Bearcat Bike Share program:

  • By mailing a check or money order to:
            The University of Cincinnati Foundation
            Attn: Claire Sweigart
            P.O. Box 19970
            Cincinnati, OH 45219-0970
  • By calling the UC Foundation at 513-556-6788 to use a credit card over the phone.

The Bearcat Bike Share is also in need of volunteers, and is accepting in-kind donations, such as bicycles (in relatively good condition) or bike parts and equipment.  For more information about the Bearcat Bike Share program or the UC Bike Plan, please contact:

Claire Sweigart
Sustainability Coordinator
513 556-3492

Thank you so much for your support of the Bearcat Bike Share!

Bike Share Plan

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