Campus Bike Resources Keep Huskers Pedaling | Nebraska today

From ice cream bike rides to rentals and repairs, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and community organizations provide resources for bike enthusiasts and beginners.

True to its designation as a “bike-friendly campus” by the League of American Cyclists, the university offers a robust bicycle repair shop, bicycle rentals, bicycle club and cycling team, group bicycle events , five BikeLNK stations and other community connections. These resources help support the mental, physical, environmental and financial well-being of Huskers through cycling.

“The bicycle is an excellent option for ONE members of the campus community to move sustainably to, from and around campus,” said Morgan Hartman, sustainability coordinator at the Office of Sustainability. “Bicycling can help protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions, promote environmental well-being through healthy living, and save money.”

Outdoor adventure center

The outdoor adventure center offers a full range of bike services, including rentals, community bike rides and a repair shop.

“We’re here to provide services and opportunities for students, faculty and staff to keep getting around by bike,” said Kyle Hansen, outdoor adventure coordinator who oversees the bike shop.

The bike shop offers a range of services from simple adjustments to full tune-ups, safety checks and same-day tire repair services.

The Outdoor Adventures Center also offers multi-day and half-year gear rentals.

“We have mountain bikes and touring bikes for weekends or adventurous days, and then we also offer semester rentals for students,” Hansen said. “We give them a single speed bike with lights, a lock and a helmet. It’s really helpful if they’re coming from out of state because they don’t have to bring a bike with them. They can rent one and when they are done with the semester, they can re-register it.

Not only does the outdoor adventure center provide resources, but it also gives people the opportunity to learn about bikes and local bike trails through bike tours and local adventure trips, such as these Events to come :

  • Family Bike Rides with Ice Cream on September 24

  • September 27 Ice Cream Bike Ride

  • Bike Maintenance Clinic Sept 28

  • Mountain bike ride on October 6

  • Arkansas Fall ATV Trip October 14-18

  • Morning Coffee Bike Ride Oct 21

  • Morning Coffee Bike Ride November 4th

“These events are meant to show students or people who want to explore Lincoln by bike what’s possible,” Hansen said. “The ice cream ride is specifically about getting from the city campus to the east campus and vice versa. This route is one minute shorter by bike than taking the bus or driving a car. The other part of these events is just to help students connect with other students who want to meet people and introduce people to something they haven’t tried before.

BikeLNK

BikeLNK is a citywide bike-sharing program that allows residents and visitors to rent bikes or e-bikes. The program has five stations on the university campus.

BikeLNK’s annual membership typically costs $100; however, students, faculty, and staff receive a discounted rate of $25 per year. This subscription includes unlimited one-hour rides for a whole year.

As of August 2022, the most used BikeLNK station was the one located just outside the Nebraska Union on the city campus.

Clubs and community resources

For those looking to get more involved, the University a Bike ONEa RRPand Cycling Club, a competitive club sports team.

Bike ONE offers a variety of resources, including ways to connect with community bike organizations. Bike ONE operates a bicycle valet, which provides secure bicycle parking during Husker home games. The valet opens two hours before kick-off and closes one hour after the final whistle.

Off-campus, university members participate in and maintain relationships with organizations such as the city’s pedestrian/bicycle committee and the Great Plains Trail Network. For more information on biking beyond campus, visit the Nebraska Department of Transportations Bike Hike Walk website.

“There’s a healthy community of lots of active sports in Lincoln,” Hansen said. “Bicycling is another form of it. People are very active in cycling events and activities in the city of Lincoln. There’s a national bike challenge that happens every year, where cyclists report community trips, fun trips, etc., and we’ve been a leader in this for cities our size.

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