Mizzou Bike Share

Students can check out bikes for free for daily rental!

Mizzou Bike Share

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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 4,200 students have checked out bikes over 13,100 times. In September 2016, we added 10 bikes to our fleet in partnership with RHA, Residential Life, SFCIC, and MU Surplus Properties.

Bikes are available for check out at Brook’s Residence Hall and the MU Student Center. Each location has five helmets available for check out. Mizzou Bike Share stakeholders will continue to expand and enhance this popular student service.

Our Mizzou Bike Share Partners:

msagpc2 RHA2 Missouri-Student-Unions2 student-life2 SFCIC2 vice-chancellor2

Check OUT Step-by-Step

  1. Present your student ID at the MU Student Center information desk.
  2. Read and sign the program liability waiver and agreement.
  3. Get the key to your bike lock. You may also check out a helmet. 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.

Check IN/OUT Step-by-Step for MU Residential Life

  1. The same steps are followed as listed above, but the location is Brooks/South West Residence Hall.
  2. Read and sign the program liability waiver and agreement.


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.)

Brooks Residential Hall Hours

Fall & Spring semesters when classes are in session

  • 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday (Bicycles must be returned within a 24-hour period of checkout.)
  • 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays (Bicycles must be returned within a 24-hour period of checkout.)

Closed on all 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 a 24-hour period from the time the bike was checked out.  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).

Top Tips!

  • 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!