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Planning a 2-Wheeled Commute on Campus? Check Out Big Blue Cycles or Semester Bike Rentals

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 4, 2020) — Do you need two-wheeled transportation when you arrive on campus this fall? Consider Big Blue Cycles or Semester Bike Rentals, two free programs designed to get you moving. Applications for both are now open.

Big Blue Cycles

The Big Blue Cycles program is a fleet of more than 150 bicycles available exclusively to students living in campus housing who sign a one year car-free commitment. Students selected for this program will have the bicycle for the entire academic year. 

These cycles are commuter-style, eight-speed bicycles equipped with fenders, a lock and a helmet. 

If more than 150 students apply, a random drawing will be used to select the group of students that will receive a Big Blue Cycle. Returning residents who held a parking permit the previous year receive priority consideration. 

The application deadline is one week prior to the start of in-person classes. Apply online here.

Wildcat Wheels Fall 2020 Semester Bike Lottery

The Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library (WWBL) is a free, education-based bike shop created to assist the campus community with bicycle maintenance and repair. WWBL has a fleet of 100 bicycles that can be checked out at no cost for a full semester at a time. This program is open to all University of Kentucky students, staff and faculty.

Since demand for these bikes often exceeds supply, distribution is handled through a random lottery. The application deadline is one week prior to the start of in-person classes. Apply online here.

Additional Options to Get You Moving

In addition to Big Blue Cycles and the Semester Bike Lottery, WWBL also has bicycles that may be checked out by students, staff and faculty free of charge on a weekly basis, as well as bicycles available for departmental use. 

Learn more about all of your bicycle rental options here

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