Semester Bike Rental Drive Information
(updated 8/24/17)We have run out of Semester Rental bikes for the Fall semester drive. In late September we will have more bikes available and you can make an appointment to rent one then. On September 12, we will be having our annual bike sale where you can purchase a bike for either $100/$160 on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the Semester Bicycle Rental Program

DaybirdOur mission is to promote sustainability on campus by growing the bicycle culture and making bikes easily accessible at the University of Colorado Boulder. We contribute to this culture by providing a bicycle to any student, faculty or staff member who is in need of a bike for a semester (while supplies last). 

While we wish we could give a bike to all who request one, we have a limited supply of bikes and rental bikes are given on a first come, first serve basis.

If you need your semester rental serviced or repaired, please email

For more information please email or call 303-735-BIKE.


Rent a bike

We provide students, faculty, and staff with bikes on a 'per semester' basis. The Semester Bike Rental pricing structure is as follows:

Refurbished 21 Speed Mountain Bikes
For our refurbished 21 speed mountain bikes, we charge a $30 rental fee for the first semester (non-refundable), a $100 deposit (refundable), and $10 to renew for an additional semester (up to 8 semesters).

Premium Rentals
Our premium rental is $50 for the first semester (non-refundable), a $300 deposit (refundable), and $20 to renew for an additional semester (up to 8 semesters).

If you return the bike in good condition, you will receive your deposit back in full! The brand new fleet of premium bikes consists of Fairdale Daybirds that have a 3 speed internally geared hub, fenders, and chain guard.

Renew Your Rental

Two weeks before your rental is due, a Semester Rental manager will email you asking if you would like to renew or return your bicycle. To renew, simply reply to the email and inform the Semester Rental team that you would like to renew. Please include in that email your full name and student ID number (the 9-digit ID number available on myCUinfo, NOT the number on your Buffone Card) or employee ID number. 

Return Your Rental

You will be contacted via email 2 weeks before your due date as a reminder. 

To return your bicycle, please use our key drop off box.

  1. You should lock your rental to the designated Semester Bike Rental rack located next to the bike station or one nearby if the designated racks are full.
  2. Once you have locked your rental, fill out your information on a deposit envelope (available in a box attached to the east-facing side of the UMC Bike Station).
  3. Put your key in the envelope and drop the envelope into the Semester Bicycle Rental key drop box (also attached to the east-facing side of the UMC Bike Station). 
  4. Directions also located on the key drop box.

Once your bicycle has been returned, a Semester Bicycle Rental employee will assess any damages and deduct the appropriate amount from your deposit (if necessary). 

Your Deposit Return
Your deposit check will be mailed to the address you provide when you return the bicycle. Please allow up to 21 business days for processing. If you are unable to cash a check in USD, please email the Semester Rental team and you may be able to get your deposit returned in cash.

If you've never visited us we are at the UMC Bike Station.

Bike Station Map

We are always improving this program so if you have any questions, complaints, concerns, or suggestions, please contact us.

Feel free to contact the bicycle program for questions or comments at or call 303-735-BIKE.