The NYU BikeShare offers free daily bike rentals to NYU students, faculty, and staff. Our goal is to make biking a reality for the more than 50,000 people that call NYU home.
Why get people on bikes? Bikes allow us to get places quickly, sustainably, enjoyably, sexily, healthily, and affordably. And with a heaping dash of thrill.
Can you resist the thrill of the ride?
If you are interested in learning about the origins of the BikeShare, visit the NYU Bike Share Pilot Program Green Grant page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can join?
All NYU students, faculty, and staff 18 years of age or older may register for the BikeShare.
How do I start using the program?
Register here and complete a brief online safety training. You’ll be quizzed after watching the safety video.
What are the hours?
During the spring and fall, locations are open every day from 10am – 10pm. At Kimmel, hours are from 10am – 10pm Monday through Saturday, and from 1pm – 7pm on Sunday.
During the winter and summer, locations are open every day from 9am – 9pm. At Kimmel, hours are from 9am – 9pm Monday through Friday.
Can I keep a bike overnight?
No. All BikeShare bikes must be returned the same day they’re borrowed. If an unexpected circumstance prevents you from returning on-time, store the bike in a secure place overnight and return it first thing in the morning.
How do I check out a bike?
Check bike availability by checking the map.
Go to the checkout desk. At Kimmel? Basement music room. Enter at 235 Thompson Street. At a Residence Hall? Go to the resource center.
Unlock, perform pre-ride check, and start biking.
How do I check in a bike?
Lock up your bike at the location’s designated racks.
Return key (and helmet, if borrowed) to the check-in desk. At Kimmel? Basement music room. Enter at 235 Thompson Street. At a Residence Hall? Go to the resource center.
Report any issues with the bike, and go on your way!
What exactly is a pre-ride check?
Only the most important thing ever. A pre-ride check is a quick inspection of the bike before each and every ride. The check consists of ABC — Air, Brakes, and Controls (i.e. handlebars):
- A is for Air — Give the tires a good squeeze. If they’re not firm, pump them up or get another bike.
- B is for Brakes — If your bike has hand brakes, give the lever a squeeze and make sure they have stopping power. For coaster brakes, kick the pedal backwards. You should feel resistance.
- C is for Controls — Make sure the handlebars are tight and properly aligned with the front wheel. Give them a twerk in either direction to make sure they’re not loose before riding.
Can I return a bike to any NYU BikeShare location?
No, BikeShare bikes must be returned to the same location from which they’re checked out.
What kind of bikes do you have?
Most are single-speed cruisers with coaster brakes. We also have a growing number of refurbished bikes in a variety of styles.
What if there’s a problem with my bike?
Return it to any location and swap it for another. If you’re far away, walk to the nearest subway station and take it on the train. Bikes are allowed on the subway 24/7.
What if my bike gets stolen?
Immediately call Public Safety at 212-998-2222 to file a police report. Failure to do so within 24 hours will lead to a $300 fine. If the loss is reported within 24 hours, the fee will be waived unless the user is found in unlawful possession of the bike.
What if I lose the helmet, lock or key?
If an NYU BikeShare helmet is lost or stolen, the user will be fined a fee of $50. A lost or stolen lock will incur a $36 fine. A lost or stolen key will incur a $8 fine. These fees cover the standard purchase and shipping costs of the lost item.
What if I get into an accident?
Stay calm, call 911, and await arrival of emergency services.
Collect other party’s information and keep witnesses on scene.
File incident report with NYPD and have summons issued to other party.
What about helmets?
Although there’s no adult helmet law in NYC, we ask (and require) that you wear a helmet while using the NYU BikeShare. If you don’t bring your own, you’ll be provided with one at checkout.
What happens when it starts snowing?
During the winter months, we close our outdoor locations at Carlyle, Founders, and Third North in order to keep the fleet in good shape. We will send an email to all BikeShare users when we switch into winter mode (typically mid-December).
You may, however, continue to check out bikes all winter long from our remaining locations — so don’t stop just because of a little chill. Can you resist the thrill of the chill?
Wait — so I can rent a bike during winter?
You bet you can. Just wear some gloves and you’re golden.
Why not just use CitiBike? Or buy my own?
Both of these are great options that suit many people’s needs. Here’s where the NYU BikeShare stands out:
It’s free. We don’t holla for a dolla.
No storage or security concerns. We keep the bikes safe and out of your hair. All you have to do is ride.
Free locks and helmets with each checkout. Stay safe, sexy, and unanchored while out and about.
No maintenance required. Let us do the dirty work. All you have to do is look good on that bike and enjoy yourself.
Longer checkouts than CitiBike. Citibike requires daily and weekly users to dock up every 30 mins and annual members every 45. NYU BikeShare allows you to ride the entire day.
Non-committal. Ride the free NYU BikeShare to see how you like it prior to getting a CitiBike pass or your own bike. Even without a dollar in your pockets, you can take that bike out all day, ride it, and walk away from a residence hall (or Kimmel) guilt-free.
It’s a backup bike for around campus. Are you a serious rider who’d like to have a backup when your regular ride breaks down? The NYU BikeShare has you covered. Ride to the bike shop and get your spare parts with our bike so you can keep using yours.
When did the BikeShare start? And who runs it?
The idea for a university bike sharing program started back in 2008 by a student-led Green Grant funded by the Office of Sustainability. After two years of development, the current BikeShare launched in the summer of 2010. The NYU BikeShare is predominantly operated by student employees in the NYU Office of Sustainability.
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