Source: University of Chicago

NOW OPEN—53rd Street Metra bike share station!

Biking The Quad

As part of its sustainability commitment, the University is seeking to reduce single-occupancy vehicle use and encourage cycling across campus and around town. Campus bike programs have multiple benefits including building community, decreasing waste and pollution, encouraging healthy life-long habits, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Managed by the Office of Sustainability, recycles partners with a local non-profit, Blackstone Bicycle Works, which provides refurbished bikes for this low-tech, free program. The recycles Resource (PDF) provides additional information about the bike share program, its creation and ongoing management.

Last spring, recycles added a tandem bicycle to its fleet, which is located at Regenstein. A student initiative led by 2 avid recycles users, UChicago Tandem project received funding from the Uncommon Fund. Please visit to register for recycles—it takes less than 2 minutes!.

In order to borrow one of the 35 bikes, students, faculty, staff, and alumni must register online. There are five bike share locations around campus and each bike must be returned the same day it is checked out, to the same location.

Bike Share Locations:

  • 53rd Street Metra: 1558 E. 53rd Street—NEW!
  • Ratner Athletics Center: 5530 S. Ellis Avenue
  • Logan Center for the Arts: 915 E. 60th Street—NEW!
  • Regenstein Library: 1100 E. 57th Street
  • IT Services: 6045 S. Kenwood

Read the Bike Share FAQ here (PDF).

You can register at Registration is easy and takes less than two minutes!