History of Mizzou Bike Share
Mizzou Bike Share was launched on August 27, 2012 with a mission to provide Mizzou students with a free, student-friendly and sustainable transportation option.
Mizzou had been discussing a bike-share program for over 15 years. In our Spring 2011 student survey, over 90% of respondents indicated they would support a bike share program at Mizzou. Under the direction of student co-founders Tyler Ricketts, representing the Missouri Students Association and James Jordan, representing the Residence Halls Association, Mizzou Bike Share was realized.
Student Life staff members Ben Datema and Farouk Aregbe, and graduate assistant John Hunt, together with Tyler, James and other vital campus partners, held logistical, risk management, strategic growth, and financial planning meetings to develop a Mizzou Bike Share proposal. This was modeled after a similar program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
In July of 2013, The Environmental Leadership Office adopted the management of the program. Since its launch in September of 2012, over 2,500 students have checked out bikes over 8,000 times. Mizzou Bike Share stakeholders will continue to expand and enhance this popular student service.
Our Mizzou Bike Share Partners:
Check OUT Step-by-Step
3. Get the key to your bike lock. Find your bike in the designated Mizzou Bike Share rack located on the North side of the MU Student Center. Please verify that your bike is in good condition. You are on your way!
Check IN Step-by-Step
1. Park your bicycle exactly where you got it and lock it up with the U-lock around the front wheel, frame, and bike rack.
2. Bring the bike lock key inside to the information desk. Notify the Unions ambassador if there is any problem with your bike.
3. The Unions ambassador will check your bike to ensure it is securely locked and verify it was returned in good condition.
4. If both requirements are met, the Unions ambassador will check the bicycle back in.
The Mizzou Bike Share program is housed in the MU Student Center. Students may check out a bike at the main information desk.
MU Student Center Hours
Fall & Spring semesters when classes are in session: (Bicycles must be returned by 11:00 pm)
7:00 am – Midnight on Monday through Saturday
9:00 am – Midnight on Sundays
Summer and when classes are not in session: (Bicycles must be returned by 5:00 pm)
7:00 am – 6:00 pm
University recognized holidays:
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost of renting a bike? Bikes rentals are free.
Who can rent bikes?
The Mizzou Bike Share program is available for students (Undergraduate and Graduate) to rent bikes.
How long can I keep the bike before I’m supposed to return it?
Students may check out a bike for the day. During this time, students are responsible for the condition and security of their bike. Students are liable if their bike is stolen or severely damaged while in their possession. Bicycles must be returned to the Student Center one hour prior to closing.
How do the liability waiver and Bike Share program agreement work?
Students are required to sign a liability waiver and Bike Share program agreement once per semester. The waiver outlines the student’s responsibilities and waives University liability in the event of an accident or injury while operating the bicycle. The program agreement outlines our student checkout polices (late fees/replacement costs, checkout period).
What if my bike is stolen?
MUPD will be notified and students will be charged for the cost of the bicycle.
How can I get air in the tires or adjust the seat of the bike?
Self-service bike repair stations are located on the north side of the Student Center near the Arts and Science building.
How does maintenance work?
New industrial-strength bikes were purchased for this program. Regular maintenance to keep bicycles in proper working order ensures students a safe and enjoyable riding experience. In addition, over academic breaks bicycles are placed out of service for scheduled maintenance.
What if I damage my bike by accident? When a bike is returned in less than satisfactory condition students are held accountable and may be charged.
Biking at Mizzou
All bicycle owners/operators must register their vehicle with MUPD. Bicycle riders should obey all Missouri laws, speed limits and traffic control devices (p. 22, sections 5.01, 5.02, 5.03 of the University of Missouri M-Book). Lastly, bicycles and mopeds must be parked in or immediately adjacent to provided bicycle racks (p. 23, section 6.01 of the University of Missouri M-Book).
- Traffic laws apply to all cycle riders
- Cyclists are prohibited from riding on sidewalks within a business district
- If riding at night, you must have a front-facing light & rear facing reflector
Biking in Columbia
5 Rules of the Road
- Stop at stop signs and traffic lights. As a bicyclist, you are considered a vehicle on the road. Make sure you use hand signals to let others know where you are going.
- Yield to pedestrians. Pedestrians have the right of way.
- Ride in the direction of traffic. Utilize bike lanes when available. If on a street with sharrows, make sure to leave enough room for the “door zone” of parked cars.
- Avoid busy sidewalks. Biking on sidewalks in the Downtown area of Columbia is illegal.
- Use front and rear lights. See and be seen! A front, white light and a rear, red light are crucial for safety!