BGSU Bike Rental


Important Message Spring 2020 Rental Customers!

Whether you are a spring semester or an academic year renter, your bike is still due by the last day of classes, which is Friday, May 8.  So your choices regarding bike return are as follows:

1.       You may keep the bike until then, per your contract with us.

2.       If you are leaving your BGSU residence hall/off campus apartment, etc. and do not plan to be back to BG before the bike due date, you can return the bike before you leave.  I do not have any staff at the bike garage and we will not be open during our regular hours.  So you will need to contact us to let us know you plan to return your bike and we will instruct you further on the details.  You should email me directly at,; please do not email the greenbg email address.

Let me reiterate that we will not be open during our regular hours until further notice, so please do not show up there without notifying us, as there will not be anyone to assist you.

Sorry for the inconvenience, but BGSU has made the decision, and we support it, to operate with a very abbreviated on-campus staff pursuant to the Governor’s directives for COVID-19.

Thank you,

Dr. Nick Hennessy

BGSU Sustainability Manager

The BGSU Bike Rental Program is designed to make emissions-free transportation accessible and affordable to students, faculty, and staff 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.

Fees & Schedules:

Rental Period #2 (Spring): The first day of Spring classes through the last day of Spring classes: $39.  

Academic Year Rental: The first day of fall classes through the last day of spring classes: $69. This includes free winter storage too!

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

BGSU Bike Rental 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 BGSU 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 BGSU 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

We rent to students, faculty, and staff at Bolwing Green State University.

Maintenance Garage Hours:


Winter Session 2020

By appointment only. Contact

Spring Semester 2020

Monday: 8am-11am

Tuesday: 3pm-5pm

Wednesday: 8am-11am

Thursday: 3pm-5pm

Friday: 8am-11am

Meet Our Mechanic:

Chris Benge is the new mechanic for the Office of Campus Sustainability and is excited to provide the best service possible to our customers.