Mizzou Bike Share
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 3,300 students have checked out bikes over 11,850 times.
In September 2016, we added 10 bikes to our fleet in partnership with RHA, Residential Life, SFCIC, and MU Surplus Properties. Within one year of service we had over 420 check outs and about 60 users. Mizzou Bike Share stakeholders will continue to expand and enhance this popular student service.
Our Mizzou Bike Share Partners:
Check OUT Step-by-Step
- Present your student ID at the MU Student Center information desk.
- Read and sign the program liability waiver and agreement.
- 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
- Park your bicycle exactly where you got it and lock it up with the U-lock around the front wheel, frame, and bike rack.
- Bring the bike lock key inside to the information desk. Notify the Unions ambassador if there is any problem with your bike.
- The Unions ambassador will check your bike to ensure it is securely locked and verify it was returned in good condition.
- If both requirements are met, the Unions ambassador will check the bicycle back in.
Check IN/OUT Step-by-Step for MU Residential Life
The Mizzou Bike Share program is housed in the MU Student Center and at Brooks/South West Residence Hall. Students may check out a bike at each location’s main information desk.
MU Student Center Hours
Fall & Spring semesters when classes are in session
- 7:00 a.m. – Midnight on Monday through Saturday (Bicycles must be returned within a 24-hour period of checkout.)
- 9:00 a.m. – Midnight on Sundays (Bicycles must be returned within a 24-hour period of checkout.)
Summer and when classes are not in session
- 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Bicycles must be returned within a 24-hour period of checkout.)
Closed on all University recognized holidays
Frequently Asked Questions
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!