Bicycles are a popular transportation option around campus and Emporia as a whole. Our mission is to promote a safe and enjoyable bicycle experience.
Borrow a Bike Program
Bicycles may be checked out to current students, faculty, & staff. An ESU ID is required. All borrowers must complete a bicycle borrow agreement.
ESU reserves the right to deny rental to anyone who has a history of borrowing bike abuse. This may include borrowers whose bike: required frequent maintenance for damage not due to normal use, was excessively late without notice, had been stolen due to improper lock use, or had similar issues.
Check out & Returns
Bikes can be checked out for up to 7 days. All bikes are checked out on a first-come, first-served basis from the Student Recreation Center during Borrow a Bike hours, Monday-Friday 3pm-8pm, Saturday 1pm-5pm, or Sunday 3pm-7pm.
All check outs include a bike, helmet, cable lock, a safety guide & complimentary maintenance for issues due to normal use/ wear. Bikes will be fitted to each rider to the best of the bike’s ability.
Borrowers who wish to extend their check out period will be able to if there are no other participants on the waitlist. Borrowers must return their bike briefly for a tune-up and to update their paperwork. This process must be completed before the end of the current rental period. It is recommended to begin the process 1-2 days prior to the end of the borrowing period.
Bikes should be returned to the SRC front desk during our designated Borrow a Bike hours.
Borrow a Bike Check-out Hours
Fall Semester- Bikes will be available to be checked out until the Friday, prior to Thanksgiving break.
Spring Semester- Bikes will first become available when weather permits, through the week prior to non-activity week.
*ESU SRC reserves the right to suspended bike check-out at any time due to inclement weather.
Cost & Fees
Free – up to 7 days
Fees will be assessed to repair/ replace all damage not deemed to be caused by normal use/ wear. Fees due to damage will not exceed $250. All fees are charged directly to each borrower. The bike program does not currently accept credit cards.
Lost/ Stolen Lock or Helmet
Borrowers will be charged $20 for a lost/ stolen lock or helmet.
Lost/ Stolen Bike
Borrowers will be charged $250 to replace bikes that have been lost or stolen. If a borrower’s bike is found/ reclaimed you will be charged the $5 a day late fee, for the number of days it was missing, up to the $250, and the remaining cost will be refunded. Borrowers may be charged for damage caused during theft that was due to improper lock use. Bikes not returned after 7 days will be considered Lost/ Stolen.
For bikes not returned by the end of the 7 days, borrowers will be charged $5 per day, up to 7 days. After 7 days, the bike will be considered Lost/ Stolen. Bikes that are considered Lost/ Stolen will not also be charged the Late Return fee.
Bikes that have mechanical issues or are not operating to the borrower’s satisfaction should be brought to the SRC during bike check-out hours. If available, a replacement bike will be made available for borrowers whose bikes cannot be fixed in a timely manner.
Stolen bikes should be reported to the Student Recreation Center and ESU Police Safety as soon as possible. The SRC will be able to provide you with your bike's identification number for the ESU Police and Safety's theft report. Once a report is filed with ESU Police, the report number should be submitted to the Recreation Center. Because all borrowed bikes include a cable lock, bike theft will result in additional fees.
All borrowed bikes will be inspected and tuned-up as outlined in the SRC’s Maintenance Policy document prior to its first borrowing and upon return from any borrowing.
Recommended Locking Technique
- Always lock your bike to a solid object that it cannot be lifted over.
- Lock your bike in a well-lit area with high foot traffic.
- Make sure what you lock to can’t be cut.
- Lock according to value - frame first, then back wheel, and finally front wheel.
- Get the tightest fit possible!The less room inside of the chain, the more difficult it will be for thieves to use their tools.
Campus Repair Stations
Fix your bike on the go with ESU Bike Program fix-it stations around campus.
A well maintained bike lasts longer and is easier to ride than a neglected bike. Check to make sure your tires are properly inflated, your brakes work, and your chain can move smoothly before riding. Airing up your tires and lubing up your chain are easy enough, but if you don't feel comfortable working on your bike take it to a local bike shop.
If you own a multi-speed bicycle and it's been awhile since your last ride, it is a good idea to run through your gears. You don't want to get stuck going up a hill to find that one of your gears skips or derails your chain.
There are three fix-it stations on campus. Each station has a bike stand, air pump, and tools for making minor repairs. A great quick fix solution. On the side of each station is a QR code, which enables smart phones to view maintenance videos.
Fix-it Station Locations:
- Student Recreation Center (Northwest Corner)
- William Allen White Library (South side)
- Singular Hall (South side)
Free Bike ID program
Bicycles are a big investment. ESU Recreation Services has a program to help you protect your investment. All you need to do is comedown to the Student Recreation Center and we will help you register your bike. We will keep a record of your bike, and issue you a sticker to place on your bike.
If for some reason your bike goes missing, and it is recovered, it will have an identification number, and phone number to call so that your bike can be returned to you.
Sharing the Road
In Kansas, Bicyclists are required to follow the same rules of the road as motorists. Please ride safely, be courteous to other roadway users, ride a well-maintained bicycle, and abide by all traffic laws.
Bike Repair and Safety Clinic
The Emporia State Student Recreation Center will be hosting a Bike Repair and Safety Clinic on September 7th, at 6:00 PM.
This program will help students understand all the aspects of keeping their bikes running properly as well as information on how to navigate campus and outside streets while on a bike. There will also be a variety of speakers such as a representative from High Gear, The Dirty Kanza, Campus Police, and the ESU cycling club.
High Gear Cyclery, Inc.
520 Commercial St.
Emporia, KS 66801
Monday-Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 3pm
Gravel City Adventure & Supply Co.
11 W. 8th Ave.
Emporia, KS 66801
Tuesday-Friday 3pm – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 2pm
823 Commercial St.
Emporia, KS 66801
Tue-Sat: 10am - 6pm