UT Introduces Bike Sharing Program - BikeUT

Published: Oct 19, 2010
In an effort to promote outdoor physical activity and sustainable transportation options, The University of Tampa is implementing a free bicycle rental program.

The program, BikeUT, offers the campus community the opportunity to rent 16 bicycles on a daily basis for recreational or personal use, including rides on nearby Bayshore Boulevard, to an off-campus meeting or to class.

“BikeUT allows faculty, students and staff an alternative to driving when making short-distance trips during the work and school day,” said Katie White, UT’s assistant director of campus recreation. “And, it addresses important issues such as health and environmental sustainability, transportation alternatives and promoting community building on campus.”

The program began Oct. 18.

All rentals will be conducted through the McNiff Fitness Center front desk. A valid UT Spartan ID is required upon rental, and all rentals will be free of charge. Bikes may be rented Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sunday from 4-6 p.m. Evening rental times will change as daylight savings time changes. Bicycle rentals include a helmet and bike lock.

Due to safety concerns, the bicycles may not be ridden at night, and bicycle rentals will not be available during heavy traffic days such as Guavaween, Gasparilla, St. Patrick’s Day and UT Commencement.

The Department of Campus Recreation manages the program and maintains the bikes with support from City Bike Tampa, a local bike shop. The program is also supported by Student Government.

For more information, visit www.ut.edu/bikeut.