Alternative Transportation


Borrow a Bike Program

The Borrow-a-Bike program provides currently-enrolled students, faculty and staff with a free and environmentally-friendly alternative mode of transportation for getting around campus! Bicycles are available at Campus Parking Services on a first-come, first-served basis. Please remember that you must have your NIU OneCard with you when borrowing a bike.

Bikes not reported as stolen to NIU Public Safety and not returned on or before the due date/time will render the user ineligible to borrow a bike.

Fall 2014

Fall Bikes are available for check-out as of September 5, 2014 with a return date of on or before December 4, 2014. Bikes are available for check-out from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Because your safety is of the utmost importance to us, we have implemented an online bicycle safety course. The Borrow-a-Bike program safety course is web-based and must be completed through Blackboard. You must read the course materials, watch the course videos, and receive a score of 100% on the safety quiz in order to request to rent a bicycle from us.

In order to request access to Blackboard's Borrow-a-Bike safety course, you must fill out a form located here: Borrow-a-Bike safety course application form. Please allow 1-3 business days for processing the form before you receive access to the course. Upon successful completion of the safety course quiz, you must then contact Campus Parking Services to request a bike. Bikes are still available on a first come, first served basis and completing the safety course does not guarantee that you will receive a bike. Therefore, make sure to complete the safety course and request a bike as soon as possible in order to have a better chance of receiving a bike.

General Information

A lock, helmet, bell, and lights are furnished with each bike. Equipment can be returned to the Campus Parking Services office from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. After or near the end of the summer, fall, and spring semesters there is an inventory and maintenance period in which all bikes must be returned. Rentals are not automatically reinstated after the inventory and maintenance period -- you must request a bike again if you wish to borrow a bike after the inventory period.

A borrower will be charged for any equipment that is returned late, in damaged condition, or not returned at all (lost or stolen). Late fees are assessed at $5.00 per day for each day beyond the bicycle's due date up to 10 days. Lost, stolen, or damaged equipment will be assessed at replacement cost, plus 10 days fine. See below for a complete fee schedule.

The State of Illinois maintains excellent resources for cyclists, providing safety tips, rules of the road, and other bike maintenance information.

For more information on the Borrow-a-Bike program, please call Campus Parking Services at (815) 753-1045 or send an e-mail to

The following is the fee schedule for the Borrow-a-Bike Program as of July 1, 2013:

Bike Replacement $350
Helmet Replacement $40
Seat $23
Seat Post $18
Saddle Clamp $8
Seat Post Bolt or Other Bolt/Nut $4
Kryptonite U-Lock Replacement $30**
Kryptonite U-Lock Bracket $16
Chain $11
Chain Guard $20
Tire $14
Tube $11
Handlebar $16
Handlebar Stem $21
Handlebar Grips $9
Reflector $6
Front Wheel $23
Rear Wheel $33
Pedal $11
Kickstand $9
Fender/Strut $28
Light $20
Bell $10

**If you do not return your U-Lock key, you will be charged for a new U-Lock.