Orange Bike Rental Program

Summer 2019 Rental Special

The Office of Campus Sustainability will be offering a low introductory rate for summer rentals to students, faculty, and staff! A bike rental for the entire summer is now only $39.00 which includes service as needed. To take advantage of this offer please follow the instructions below for filling out the bike application.

The BGSU Bike Rental Program is designed to make emissions-free transportation accessible and affordable to students to reduce the overall carbon footprint generated by commuting.

Due to the limited number of bikes in our fleet, the BGSU Bike Rental Program utilizes an application process to distribute bikes. This program gives preference to students who will utilize the bike as their primary form of transportation during the rental period.

Fees & Schedules:

Rental Period #1 (Fall): The first day of fall classes through the last day of fall classes: $49. 

Rental Period #2 (Spring): The Monday following spring break through the last day of spring classes: $39. 

Rental Period #3 (Summer): The first day of the first term of summer classes and extends to the last day of summer classes.  

Academic Year Rental: The first day of fall classes through the last day of spring classes: $79. 

Late Bike Fee (not returned to BGSU Bike office/garage on due date by 1 p.m.): $20 first day; $30 for each additional day 

Lost or Stolen Bike Fee: Full replacement cost of bike ($200)

Damage Fee due to Misuse of Bike: Cost of parts and labor

All renters need to bring a “U Lock” when they select/pick up their bike.  A U Lock is the best/approved method for keeping your bike secure.  Various versions/brands of this lock in a variety of price ranges can be purchased at locations in Bowling Green such as Walmart, Meijer, and Cycle Werks, to name just a few.  Please talk with us if you have any questions on this requirement.


Frequently Asked Questions

The name of "Orange Bikes" comes from a time when BGSU offered a "bike share" program across campus. For a variety of reasons, the program has been converted to a rental program. This program design allows for maximum environmental benefits by providing reliable transportation around BG for participants. (It also used a lot of paint!)

The Orange Bike Rental Program currently has 50 bikes in its fleet & adding more throughout the year

Yes! This bike is your personal bike for the rental period & is intended to be used as your primary form of transportation around BG for greatest environmental benefits!

Regular maintenance & tune ups are included in the rental cost! Simply stop by the Orange Bike Garage during the weekly drop-in hours or make a personalized appointment by emailing

These bikes are donated by the BGSU Police Department after being declared lost/ abandoned. Only the highest-quality bikes are added to our fleet & are then returned to pristine condition by our Orange Bike Mechanic before being rented.

A bike rental program provides the greatest environmental benefits by providing a low-cost, reliable transportation option for students to travel around Bowling Green. This will reduce the amount of cars on the road, as well as the amount of pollution emitted into our atmosphere

Maintenance Garage Hours:

Winter and Spring 2019


Summer Session 2019

     By appointment only. Contact

Meet Our Mechanic:


Maxwell McCray is a junior studying environmental science & has worked for the Office of Campus Sustainability since Spring 2017.