The new bike fixit station has been installed and is pictured with the bikes that can be checked out for one to two days from the Outdoor Venture Center.
2. The bike library
3. The original UNO yellow bike program
In an effort to: encourage physical activity, protect the environment and provide an easier way to get around campus and beyond, UNO has three bike sharing options.
The B-cycle program launched on June 15, 2011. There are two solar powered B-cycle stations on UNO's campus--one on the south side of Milo Bail Student Center and the other near the shuttle stop on 67th Street by Mammel Hall. Click here to learn more about the locations of the other B-cycle stations and other features of the Bcycle program. On this web page you can also friend Omaha B-cycle on Facebook or to follow it on Twitter. In the B-cycle program you can purchase B-cycle membership card or use a credit card to check out a bike. The first hour is free. You can check out a B-cycle and ride it to any of the five stations in the UNO/Akarben Village corridor. You can return bikes to any of the B-cycle stations. You do not have to return it to the same station that you checked it out. Funding for the B-cycle program was provided by the generosity of Blue Cross Blue Shield and UNO Student Government. If you want to ride to Aksarben Village to see a movie or grab a bite to eat--the B-cycle program is for you. If you don't want to wait for a shuttle to get from one UNO campus to the other--the Bcycle program is for you. (The B-cycle bikes are currently in storage for the winter and will return to service in March 2012).
The bike library is for students who wish to check out a bike for one or two days. To do this, simply visit the Outdoor Venture Center (OVC) in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation building during OVC hours. With your student ID you can check out a bike, a helmet and a bike lock. There are four bikes available on a first come, first served basis. If you wish to see them, they are stored at the bicycle racks in the HPER building covered parking lot (SW corner). Maybe you have always wanted to ride on the Keystone Trail, but you don't have a bike rack on your car. Maybe you've always wanted to see how the bike and ride system works on a Metro bus. Maybe you want to go on a picnic. If you want to do any of these activites, the bike library is for you. UNO Student Government has helped to fund this bike share option.
The original yellow bike program will continue to operate. Look for a yellow bike with UNO Bike Share stickers and with cards attached to the handle bars and the bike seat. These bikes can be picked up or left off at any UNO bike rack. The bikes are not be locked. We are transitioning the bikes to be single speed with coaster brakes (this means that you pedal backwards to brake). This transition helps us to keep our maintenance costs down. Our biggest problem to date in this program is that some people have been hording the bikes and not leaving them for others to use, while other people are riding the bikes as if they were X bikes for riding off of benches or down steps. These practices, if continued will put this option in jeopardy.
So far, thousands of trips have been taken on the yellow bikes since its inception in September, 2009 . The bikes for this programs have been donated by Boys Town and many individuals.We continue to add bikes to the program as they are donated. If you wish to donate a bike call David Corbin at 402-690-9134. UNO Student Government has funded the yellow bike program and the bike library program. Trek Bicycle Store of Omaha supports the program by giving a discount on labor costs for bike repair for the bike share bikes. In March 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded a large grant to the Douglas County Health Department and 18 partner organizations, including UNO. UNO helped to inspire the green bike program at Metropolitan Community College which was launched on May 17, 2011.
Safety is of the utmost importance, so we strongly encourage all riders to wear a helmet that you, the rider, provide, or if you don't have a helmet, you can now borrow one, free of charge, at the Outdoor Venture Center (OVC). All riders ride at their own risk. Follow the rules of the road and always yield to pedestrians. When sidewalks on campus are crowded, walk your bike or take the perimeter roads. Do not carry passengers. Do not ride after dark. Always check your brakes and tires before you ride Remember many of the bikes have coaster brakes which means that you pedal backwards to brake. If there is a problem with the bike, do not ride it. Call 402-554-2670 or 402-690-9134 and report the problem and the location of the bike. For more more information about safety, helmets and a disclaimer, please click on the links or tabs for each topic. You can also click here to learn more about bike riding in Douglas County.
Check out the new Maverick bike racks at Mammel Hall. They were designed by Les Bruning.