After a successful debut last year, UB is again offering its
bicycle-sharing program to faculty, staff and students.
at UB places bikes at heavily traveled areas, or
“hub locations,” throughout the North and South
campuses. The idea is to give people an eco-friendly and quick
option for short trips around campus while promoting better health
and reducing vehicular traffic.
Last year, 215 faculty, staff and students utilized the program.
In September, users averaged about 40 rides per day, or roughly 280
rides per week.
“I love the way that BikeShare program contributes to the
university’s commitment to sustainability and the
school’s culture of environmental consciousness,” said
undergraduate business major and bike user Daniel Ovadia during an
interview last year with UB’s Office of Sustainability.
Participants can locate and reserve bikes via GPS technology by
using their mobile device and computer. They then have 15 minutes
to get to and unlock the bike by typing in the provided PIN code.
Participants also can make a reservation by using the bike’s
Once the bike is unlocked, the rider places the U-lock in the
bike’s holster and has free use for the first hour. Each
subsequent hour costs $3, with a maximum reservation of 24
To return the bike and complete the transaction, the rider drops
off the bike at one of the BikeShare racks and secures it with the
provided lock. Riders can lock the bike when they reach their
destination and unlock it using the same PIN code. The code will
reset when the transaction is completed.
The bikes are cruiser-style with an internal drive shaft —
to reduce the risk of getting grease on the rider’s pants or
socks — with a metal basket. If riders get a flat tire or
experience a mechanical issue during their trip, they can press the
keypad’s “Repair” button. A staff member will
come to fix it.
There is a $30 annual fee to sign up for BikeShare
at UB. Payable only by credit card, the fee supports more bikes
and improved technology. The bikes will be available the entire
A partnership between the offices of Sustainability and Parking
and Transportation Services, and Buffalo BikeShare, BikeShare at UB
is one of many university initiatives that promote bicycling. The
university has more than 800 bike parking spaces, numerous bike
lanes and showers available to riders at Greiner Hall and Creekside
The efforts led UB to be recognized as a “Bicycle Friendly
University” by the League of American Bicyclists.