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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! Bikes 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.

Bike Pick-up and Return

A lock, helmet, bell and lights are furnished with each bike. Bikes and equipment can be returned to the Campus Parking Services office from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. After or near the end of each semesters there is an inventory and maintenance period in which all bikes must be returned. Bikes are not automatically reinstated after the inventory and maintenance period -- you must come to Campus Parking Services to check out a bike again if you wish to borrow a bike for the next semester.

Bikes are available starting Monday, March 19, 2018.

Bike return date is Wednesday, May 2, 2018 .

Safety Course

Because your safety is of the utmost importance to us, we have implemented an online bike 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 percent on the safety quiz in order to request to borrow a bicycle from us. Note: You only need to pass the safety quiz once during your stay at NIU. 

Complete the Borrow-a-Bike safety course application form to receive access. 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 may come to Campus Parking Services, during scheduled check out times, to borrow 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 as soon as possible in order to have a better chance of receiving a bike.

Lost, Damaged and Late Fees

You 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 per day for each day beyond the bike's due date up to 10 days. Lost or stolen bikes and all related equipment will be assessed at replacement cost, plus 10 days fine. 

Fee Schedule

Equipment Lost or Damaged Cost
Bike $420
Helmet $29
Seat $25
Seat post $22
Seat post bolt or other bolt/nut $5
Kryptonite U-lock replacement $24**
Chain $13
Chain guard $24
Tire $17
Tube $10
Handlebar stem $25
Handlebar grips $7
Reflector $4
Front wheel $28
Rear wheel $79
Pedal $13
Kick stand $11
Fender/strut $34
Light $29
Bell $12
Daily late fee $5/day
Bike 10-day late fee $50

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


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