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 the NIU Public Safety and not returned on or before the due date/time will render the user ineligible to borrow a bike for one (1) semester.
Spring semester bikes are available now and must be returned on or before April 28, 2014. Bike hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Parking permits will go on sale for Spring & Summer 2014 starting December 9, 2013; on-line and in the Parking Office for students, only in the Parking Office for Staff & Faculty.
Because your safety is of the upmost importance to us, we have partnered with ESHRD to implement 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.
A lock, helmet, bell, and lights are furnished with each bike. Equipment can be returned to the Campus Parking Services office during regular business hours. 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.
For more information on the Borrow-a-Bike program, please call Campus Parking Services at (815) 753-1045 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following is the fee schedule for the Borrow-a-Bike Program as of July 1, 2013:
|Seat Post Bolt or Other Bolt/Nut||$4|
|Kryptonite U-Lock Replacement||$30**|
|Kryptonite U-Lock Bracket||$16|
**If you do not return your U-Lock key, you will be charged for a new U-Lock.