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What is Free Wheelers?
The UMass Lowell Free Wheelers Bike Share program provides free bicycles for students, faculty and staff. Bicycle check out is quick and easy and you only need to register once. After you register, simply check out and return a bike at any of the 4 check-out stations on campus (pdf). Bicycles are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Hours & Availability
Bikes are available for check-out:
Fall Semester: Sept 4 - November
Spring Semester: March - Commencement
Summer:At the Campus Recreation Center Only
Free Wheelers will be unavailable August 27 - September 3, 2013 in preparation for the Fall Semester
We will re-open on September 4, 2013, with the exception of the ICC
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
bikes must be returned by 7pm each day
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday Noon - 10 p.m.
Rentals from the Campus Recreation Center only
No weekend availability
at South & North check-out stations
Rentals follow Recreation Center Summer Hours:
Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Check Out Locations & Maps
- East Campus: Campus Recreation Center
- South Campus: McGauvran Student Information Center (SIC)
- North Campus: Southwick Dining Hall Room 100B
Downtown: Inn & Conference Center (ICC) currently unavailable, check back soon for updated availability
The Free Wheelers Bike Stations can be found on the Campus Map. You can also view information for check-out stations and suggested routes between campuses by clicking the links below.
Only Current University Faculty, Staff, and Students may register for Free Wheelers. To Register, complete a waiver, have your U card authenticated, and review some Instruction. Registration is active for 1 academic year. You only have to sign a waiver once.
Register in 1 of three ways:
- Visit any checkout station and follow their instructions
- Waivers can be downloaded, completed, and returned to any check-out station (see link below)
- Participants may also choose to sign-up online.
How to Check-out and Return a Bicycle
Once you are registered, you can go to any Bike check-out stations
and request a bike. The staff will give you a key and then you head to the racks. Racks are typically blue and marked with UMass Lowell Free Wheelers decals just like the decals on the bicycles. Simply match your key number with the appropriate bike number and you can unlock your bike. Be sure to lock your bike securely before returning the keys to any of the checkout stations by 7:00pm Weekdays.
Review this handout for more information on the Anatomy of a Free Wheeler (pdf)
Policies & Guidelines
Late Fees: A $20 per day late fee will be charged to all those failing to return a bike to a designated checkout station by the end of program hours the day it is borrowed.
Property: By borrowing a bike you agree to be held financially responsible if the bike is damaged or stolen. Any person borrowing a bike not returned in the condition that it was issued will be charged an appropriate repair fee. Anyone not returning a bike will be charged an $800 replacement fee. A hold will be placed on the borrowers university account and he/she will also not be allowed to register for classes without paying the replacement fee.
Lock and Key: The key must be returned to a check-in station when the bike is returned. If a key is lost the user will be charged a $45 replacement fee.
Locking and Unlocking the Bike
*Keep in mind, these bikes have two keys and locks:
- One key goes to the Orange U-lock that secures the bike frame to the bike rack. Turn the key a full turn before sliding the U bar out of the frame.
- The second key goes to the frame lock around the rear bike tire. Insert the key, turn, and slide the bar up. This key stays in the bike while you ride it and only comes out when you lock it again.
When you arrive at your destination, simply lock your bicycle to the designated UMass Lowell Free Wheelers bike rack and bring your key
into the check-out station
http://massbike.org - This website has many resources including bike safety education, riding tips, local paths/trails and Massachusetts state bike laws.
http://bicyclesafe.com - Find out tips on how to avoid accidents with automobiles.
http://www.ridethecity.com/ - Find the best routes to bike around Boston
http://www.traillink.com/ - Trail Link, run by the Rails to Trails Conservancy, helps you plan biking trips and routes based on established biking trails and greenways. It is a great resource whether you are planning a family weekend in Maine or a Saturday ride with friends.
Mobile Apps- There are some great user-friendly apps out there, such as Strava and MapMyRide that help you track your own bike rides, and allows you to see others' routes as you plan new rides.
. To report a mechanical issue, please call us at 978-934-1932.